GPISD Counseling Center
GPISD Counseling Center
Counseling will be provided to Grand Prairie ISD students in kindergarten to 5th grade experiencing behavioral or emotional concerns. GPISD counseling services are geared towards students experiencing symptoms of depression or anxiety. Students who are referred due to experiencing complex trauma will be referred for more in-depth mental health services.
Examples of emotional concerns addressed at the counseling center:
- Adjustment to life transitions
- Behavior interventions
- Grief and loss
- Low self-esteem
- Threats of violence
Student counseling referrals will be reviewed for appropriateness for brief therapeutic intervention and social and emotional learning tutoring.
If you are interested in having your student receive counseling call 972-522-7070.
The center is located at the Social Work Hub at Johnson DAEP 650 Stonewall Dr. (Door #2) Grand Prairie, TX 75052.
Students in 6-12 grades
Research has shown that symptoms of depression and anxiety improve in preteens and young adults with therapy. For students in the 6th- 12th grades, GPISD provides DialCare, a virtual counseling service with a trained licensed professional counselor before or after school hours. Counseling is available through phone or videochat. To learn more about DialCare, click here.
Counselors or Therapist, from a community partner with proven effective strategies in working with students, will provide individual and family therapy to students experiencing emotional concerns. The therapist will identify the best therapeutic intervention to address the student needs. Some examples include play therapy, brief solution focused therapy or cognitive behavioral therapy.
The process through which students will work one-on-one with a trained therapist—in a safe, caring, and confidential environment—to explore their feelings, beliefs, or behaviors, work through challenging or influential memories, identify aspects of their lives that they would like to change, better understand themselves and others, set personal goals, and work toward desired change. Therapists identifies problems as patterns or systems that need adjusting.
Family therapy is a form of psychotherapy that seeks to reduce distress and conflict by improving the systems of interactions between family members. Family therapists often seek to have all family members affected by the problem in the room during session. Family is defined by the modern family therapist as anyone who plays a long-term supportive role in one’s life, which may not mean blood relations or family members in the same household. Family relationships are viewed as important for good mental health, regardless of whether all family members are participating in the therapy. It is an ideal counseling method for helping family members adjust to a mental health diagnosis. It is also recommended for improving communication and reducing conflict.
Group therapy is a form of psychotherapy where two or more students work with a therapist. This method is a popular format for support groups, where group members can learn from the experiences of others and offer advice. It is common for those suffering from a mental illness or problem behavior to feel alone, isolated or different. Group therapy can help students by providing a peer group of individuals that are currently experiencing the same symptoms or who have recovered from a similar problem. Group members can also provide emotional support and a safe forum to practice new behaviors.
Social & Emotional Tutoring
Social & Emotional Tutoring is provided to students needing social and emotional skills and competencies. Instruction and guidance will be provided to build coping skills and competencies, such as self-management and self-awareness, to support students in their everyday life activities.