Meet the Counselor
Martha Millison has over 15 years of experience working as a counselor and educator with students from elementary through college age. She earned her bachelor's degree from Cornell University, and holds joint Master's degrees in Social Work and Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley. She received her PA certification in School Counseling from Rosemont College.
The Green Woods Charter School Counseling Program:
What is a School Counselor?
A school counselor is specially trained to provide students with the academic, personal, social, and life skills needed to prepare them for a successful future, while also acting as a supportive resource at school.
School Counselors help students to:
- Develop a positive attitude toward self and others
- Have healthy peer relationships
- Learn decision-making and problem-solving skills
- Foster leadership skills
- Improve work habits and/or study skills
- Cope with family changes
- Understand personal safety skills
- Use responsible behavior
- Express feelings appropriately
- Cope with loss
Students may become involved with small group counseling where those with similar concerns gather for short term support. These groups are designed to help students identify ways to handle their concerns with developed maturity and learned coping skills. Involvement is based on parent, teacher, or administrative input.
Students often ask to speak with the counselor or are referred by parents or teachers for help with friendship, problem solving, school work, emotion management, family situations, and other issues that affect academic performance. Additionally, school counseling services are included in some students' IEPs. In order to develop and maintain trust with the student, all sessions are confidential, however in certain situations, I will ask a student if I can share pertinent information with parents and/or teachers. If I am concerned that a student is in some sort of danger, I will follow up as mandated by law.
Please note: While school counselors are trained to counsel children and adolescents, we are not therapists and cannot provide the intense one-on-one therapy needed by families and children in certain situations. In those cases, I will assist the parents in connecting with an appropriate outside provider.
Students receive classroom lessons once every 3 6-day cycles. In these lessons, I help students develop their academic, personal, and social skills by providing while class lessons on a variety of topics such as identifying emotions, developing self confidence, empathy, conflict resolution, personal safety, peer relationships, digital citizenship, healthy communication, and school success.
Consultation with Teachers, Parents, and Administration:
School Counselors are available to consult regarding any issues of concern with students and their families including behavioral interventions, emotion management, tricky family situations, etc. Please do not hesitate to ask for help!
School Counselors are here to help when students are suspected of being a danger to themselves or others, or victims of child abuse or maltreatment. In any of these situations, it is important to contact me immediately so that we can work together to figure out the best way to handle the situation.