Welcome to Elementary Counseling

Welcome to Elementary Counseling

Working Together for School Success

The WVCSD elementary school counseling program at Park Avenue and Sanfordville Elementary schools is aimed at helping all students reach their academic, career, personal, and social/emotional potential beyond the elementary school years. School counseling programs play a positive role in a student’s academic development, college and career readiness, and social and emotional development.

Elementary counselors work collaboratively with administrators, classroom teachers, school staff, and families. They offer lessons on life skills, such as understanding one’s feelings, how to be a good friend, and building self-confidence. They also provide group and individual counseling, crisis intervention, communication and referrals to families and community agencies, positive behavior intervention supports, and more.

Our mission as student advocates is to provide a comprehensive guidance program that will assist students in acquiring the skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed to become effective students, responsible citizens, and lifelong learners.

a school hallway of kindergarten students on the first day of school

News from Our Elementary Counselors

Please visit our Elementary Counselors’ Corner News and Events page for information about upcoming workshops, activities, and helpful information. 

Parenting tips and information

Learn strategies to help develop good emotional health in children and when to seek help. 


There are many local support programs available for families. We’ve listed some here, but please call us if you’d like additional suggestions.

Support and hotlines 

  • Mental Health & Substance Use Urgent Care: Walk-in care for mental health and addiction. No appointment, no referral, no fee. Open to adults and children in the Hudson Valley, 7-days/week: Monday-Friday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. & Saturday/Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Locations:
    • Union Street Community Counseling Center
      16-24 Union Street, Middletown, NY  10940

    • Kaplan Family Counseling Center
      21-23 Grand Street
      Newburgh, NY  12550

  • The Orange County Crisis Call Center connects people in need of support for mental illness, substance use, developmental disability, sexual assault, or who need information/referrals with trained professionals, 24/7.

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The Call Center:

• Provides telephone support, assessment, and a warm connection to appropriate services if needed.
• Dispatches the Crisis Mobile Response Team to assist with in-person support, assessment, crisis de-escalation and connection to appropriate services.
de-escalation and connection to appropriate services.
• Refers callers to Peer supports to assist with engagement to services, help to navigate the system, and on-going support.

  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council (information and referral): 845-294-9000
  • ORMC Family Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program (outpatient treatment): 845-333-7818
  • Orange County Crisis Mobile Response Team. (The team provides Mental Health, Substance Use Disorder and Developmental Disability Crisis Response): 1-888-750-2266
  • Text for Teens is now available 24 hours a day by texting 845-391-1000 
  • Dispute Resolution Center: 845-294-8082
  • Helpline (24 hrs/7 days): 1-800-832-1200, or 845-346-HELP
  • The Children’s Grieving Center: 845-561-6111
  • Hospice: 845-561-6111

Family support programs, resources, and advocacy

  • Relatives as Parent Program (Cornell Cooperative Extension): 845-344-1234
  • Mental Health Association in Orange County: 
    Family Support Coordinator for Adult Services: 845-342-2400
    Family Support Coordinator for Children’s Services: 845-342-2400
  • Recreation Respite, Skills Building:
    Assertive Leadership Training: 845-291-2627 
    MHA Friend’s Social Skills Group (ages 9-17): 845-342-2400

Clinics licensed by the Office of Mental Health

  • OCDMH Child and Family Clinic: 845-568-5260
  • OCDMH Port Jervis MH: 845-858-1456
  • ACCESS: Supports for Living: 1-888-750-2266
  • ​Orange Regional Counseling Center: ​845-333-7800