School Counselor Brochure

  • Introducing Your





    Lori Cilano





    Bennett Park Montessori Center

    342 Clinton Street

    Buffalo, New York 14204

    716 816-4603


    How and Why do Parents Contact

    the School Counselor?


    Concerns over student achievement

    Family health problems

    New school registration and orientation

    Test interpretation

    Discussing special needs of their child

    Early discussion of potential crises

    Family difficulties or concerns

    Parents can call the school counselor at any time for a phone conference or to set up a school visit.











     How Does a Student See

    a Counselor?



    Request of a counselor

    Parent referral

    Administrative referral

    Teacher or other staff referral

    Referral by friend(s)



     School Counselors help children by . .  

    •  Promoting positive attitudes among students toward self, family, peers and community.
    • Assisting students in learning how school performance relates to future opportunities.
    • Developing and delivering classroom guidance lessons that teach skills such as decision making, resolving conflicts and respecting others.
    • Working collaboratively with students, parents and teachers to identify and remove barriers to learning.
    • Supporting students by teaching skills for achieving success.
    • Helping students to recognize and make the best of their abilities.
    • Counseling with students individually and in groups
    • Providing support during personal crisis.
    • Orienting new students.



    Counselors are the heart of the school by . . .


    -          Helping create a safe school environment where children can learn.

    -          Working with students on attendance issues.

    -          Coordinating referrals to outside agencies.

    -          Helping design interventions to enhance student success.

    -          Developing community partnerships to enhance student career awareness.

    -          Helping teachers create a positive learning environment.

    -          Helping students learn anger management, conflict resolution, and mediation skills.

    -          Helping parents, teachers, administrators in learning how to meet the needs of all students.



    School Counselors Can Help in

    Many Situations



    “My parents are getting a divorce.  I don’t know what’s going to happen.”


    "I’m new here and I’m having trouble making friends.”


    “I have a lot of difficulty dealing with my stepchild.”


    “Jared scores high on standardized tests but hardly makes passing grades in school.”


    “Monica always tells me she doesn’t have homework, but I found out she isn’t doing it.”


    “I need some ideas for helping students to get along with each other.”


    “Sean hasn’t been himself lately.  He seems too preoccupied with something.”


    “I have a bad temper and need to learn how to control it.”


    “Jaylyn has been absent from school an awful lot this year.”


    “My dad gets so angry when he’s been drinking.”



    For more information please call Lori Cilano, MSEd. in the guidance office at 716 816-4911 or email for an appointment