Counseling Corner

Kristi Johnson

School Counselor 

423-235-5201  Ext. 4171

Bulls Gap School Comprehensive Developmental School Counseling Program (CDSCP) Vision Statement:

The vision of the Bulls Gap School CDSCP is that all students are resilient, kind, and self-advocating leaders who are responsible productive members of their local and global communities. BGS students approach the world with compassion, empathy, cultural appreciation, a desire to advocate for others, and honor diversity. Committed to continued holistic growth, BGS students walk through life believing, developing, and thriving academically, professionally, socially, and emotionally through a self-narrative of empowerment and self-efficacy. BGS students follow their passions and believe in and utilize their unique skills, talents, and abilities to make a positive difference for themselves, others, and the world through all academic, career/college, and social/emotional endeavors.

Bulls Gap School Comprehensive Developmental School Counseling Program (CDSCP) Mission Statement:

The mission of the BGS CDSCP is to provide equitable access to a meaningful, intentional, data-driven, developmentally appropriate CDSCP that helps all students achieve proficiency in all areas of their lives. All students participate in a CDSCP led by a school counselor committed to providing high quality services and maintaining a safe learning environment. Through the CDSCP, all students are academically, socially, and emotionally equipped to become responsible and productive adults. Bulls Gap School graduates will Be Safe, Go Prepared, and Show Respect in all aspects of life. 

Bulls Gap School provides all students with a Comprehensive Developmental Elementary and Middle School Counseling Program.

What it provides...

  • Classroom Counseling Lessons on topics such as emotions, coping skills, conflict resolution, communication skills, diversity, teamwork, friendship, mindset, career awareness, and community circles. Classroom counseling lessons are an integral part of the school counseling program and important to each student’s academic success. One of the most effective ways for school counselors to help prevent academic problems is by discussing self-esteem issues such as peer relationships, stress, or dealing with feelings and emotions in large group counseling lessons in the classroom. The lessons are preventative in nature, designed to reach all students, and are taught regularly by the counselor.
  • Small Group Counseling with students in areas such as leadership, friendship, or social skills groups. The counselor meets with a group of students who have a shared identified need to assist these students more in depth.
  • Individual Counseling with students on a short-term basis to meet social, emotional, or behavioral goals and to work through issues affecting them at school. The counselor is available to meet individually with a student in circumstances when a student's success is being impacted.
  • Crisis Intervention to prevent crises and plan for safety after a crisis.
  • Consultation and Collaboration with staff and parents to plan for student needs and to provide resources and education. The counselor collaborates with teachers and administrators to promote student learning. If a student is having problems in a classroom, the school counselor will join together with teachers to come up with some practical strategies which will remove educational barriers and enhance the learning environment of that student. The counselor also collaborates with parents and guardians to ensure the student's holistic needs are being met.
  • Referral Assistance for services such as mental health counseling, case management, crisis support, or providing families with assistance in meeting their needs. The school counselor assists and provides services to all children. While a counselor cannot provide on-going long-term counseling, it may be appropriate for a student to receive short-term individual counseling. When more attention and intervention is required, school counselors can act as a referral agent for parents to access counseling services within the community.