Mrs. Tosha Todd, Ed.S., LPC

Phone: (816) 874-3690

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Bachelor's Degree - Southwest Baptist University Master's Degree - Missouri Baptist University Educational Specialist Degree - University of Missouri - Columbia

Mrs. Tosha Todd, Ed.S., LPC

 
I am starting my 15th year as an elementary school counselor in the Blue Springs School District. I obtained my Bachelor's in Science degree in Religious Education from Southwest Baptist University in 1998. In 2004, I graduated from Missouri Baptist University with my Master's in Guidance and Counseling. I received my Specialist in Education in Mental Health in Schools from University of Missouri - Columbia in 2008. I am also a Licensed Professional Counselor and a play therapist. 
  
 What Does Mrs.Todd Do?

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What Does Mrs.Todd Do?

The comprehensive counseling program is an integral piece of Lucy Franklin Elementary's total educational program.  The goal of the counselor is to support the healthy growth and development of the total child (social, emotional, and academic) in his/ her world of school, home, and community as well as helping create positive and safe learning climate in our school.  The counseling program is designed to meet the needs of students, parents, and staff in the school community through the coordination of the following services:
  • Classroom Counseling - The Blue Springs Counseling Curriculum includes lessons on learning skills, personal and body safety, bully awareness, conflict resolution, friendship skills, and careers. 
  • Parent Consultation - One of the most critical aspects of the caring, collaborative community at Lucy Franklin is effective communication.  Parent consultation with the counselor takes on a valuable role in this community building process. Counselors may visit with parents regarding academic or social issues related to their children.  The parent, teachers, administrator or counselor may initiate the consultation.
  • Teacher Consultation - Consultation with teachers is another important part of our caring, collaborative community at Lucy Franklin.  The counselor has ongoing communication with teachers through collaboration, meetings, e-mail, conferences and written notes to support students learning and growth.  Teachers may consult the counselor regarding student concerns, the counselor may approach a teacher related to a student concern or there may be times when a counselor or teacher communicates messages to the other at the wish of the parent so everyone is able to support the student here at school.
 Classroom Counseling Lessons

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Classroom Counseling Lessons

Most months I visit every classroom to do a lesson that addresses the counseling curriculum. The Blue Springs School District curriculum focus on personal/social, career, and academic development. Some topics that might be taught are: goal setting, career education, problem solving/conflict resolution, bullying, and friendship.

 Group and Individual Counseling

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Group and Individual Counseling

Individual and Group Counseling is provided for students who are in a state of transition and in need of support of someone who stands outside the situation. This support is provided within the guidelines of the Missouri Comprehensive Counseling Program. Students may be referred for counseling by a parent, a teacher or themselves.  Typically, individual school counseling is short-term with a problem solving focus.  Issues that a counselor might address with students: peer relations, school performance, anxiety, family change, grief, self-esteem, anger management, conflict resolution, new students or middle school transition.

Many times, students will request a visit with the counselor regarding a situation at school and we will meet briefly to try to resolve the situation, particularly if there has been a problem on the playground in the classroom, lunchroom, etc. with another student(s). These types of visits do not require prior permission from a parent, however I encourage students to go home and share with their family that we spoke and explain why we met.  If the problem situation resulted in some type of consequence, the student will meet with the focus facilitator or principal.  The counselor does not see students for discipline, but rather to assist in conflict resolution so that the student may return to class and have productive work time.  If a student requires on-going counseling, the counselor will contact the parent to discuss the issues. Should students need more intense counseling; your counselor can assist you with information about resources in the community.

Group Counseling is an effective part of the guidance program for some children who have specialized needs but their concerns are similar to those of other students. These children come together to work through their common concerns.  These groups require parental permission and groups are formed based on student need.  Opportunities to participate in small groups, covering a variety of topics such as family change/divorce, grief, self-esteem, friendship, etc. are offered as the need arises throughout the school year.  Students may be referred by teachers and parents who see a need.

Confidentiality is an important part of small group work, but it can be a difficult concept for kids.  In order to avoid the problems that arise when students go home and tell their parents they can't share anything about group because "it's a secret," I usually explain it like this:  each student can feel free to share what the topic was in group or what he or she said in group but not what other students have shared.  Small groups are for sharing and problem-solving and all students should feel safe in their group.