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A Message from Mrs. Dufresne

2 months ago

Hello and thank you for visiting my page! I am the school counselor for Riverview Elementary School in Dayton, Nevada! I have been the RES school counselor since we opened. I was awarded Nevada School Counselor of the Year in 2013 and was also a semi-finalist for the 2013 American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Counselor of the Year. I received my masters degree in Educational Counseling from the University of Phoenix and bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Nevada, Reno. In addition to my regular counseling duties, I developed and implemented the student leadership and peer court programs at Riverview Elementary School. I am also a certified instructor for Youth and Adult Mental Health First Aid and Nevada Hunter Education.


Although I am not a native Nevadan, I have spent most of my life in this spectacular state. I am married and my husband Rob and I have two wonderful sons. I enjoy the outdoors, swimming, archery, music, fly fishing, traveling and spending time with my family. I love my job working with the students, staff and parents here at RES!


As the RES School Counselor, I help to create a safe environment where children can learn. I work with students individually and in workshops (groups). I help design interventions to enhance student success and achievement. I also develop and deliver classroom guidance lessons that focus on social-emotional learning including respect, responsibility, healthy choices, friendship, conflict resolution and career development.


Although the majority of my time is spent working with students, I also help teachers create a positive learning environment. I help parents, teachers and administrators in learning how to meet the needs of all students. I also coordinate referrals to outside agencies and develop community partnerships to enhance student success. If you have any questions, concerns or would like additional information or community resources, please feel free to contact me at or 775-246-6170.


Lyon County School District Vision:

Graduate all students to successful in college and career.


Lyon County School District School Counseling Vision:

Lyon county students will be successful problem solvers and responsible, productive, caring citizens who are prepared for life challenges.


Riverview Elementary School Vision:

Create a safe, mutually respectful and nurturing environment where students feel comfortable taking risks and work toward becoming successful learners and contributing citizens.

Riverview Elementary School Counseling Vision:

The Riverview Elementary School counseling program envisions caring, responsible, risk-taking lifelong learners who implement problem-solving and critical thinking skills, ensuring success for college and career. These global citizens appreciate diversity, effectively use empathy and encouragement and maintain cultural awareness of selves and others.


RES School Counseling Program and Resources

Mission:  The Lyon County School Counseling Programs will empower all students in academic, personal, social, college and career areas in order to navigate through an ever changing and diverse society.

·         This means that I pay close attention to every student in the building and how he/she 'connects' to his/her education and therefore achieves to the maximum level        possible.  I support your child and all school stakeholders to creatively problem-solve any issues that may (temporarily or otherwise) pose an obstacle to the learning process and your child's academic achievement.


School Counseling services are delivered in four specific ways:

·         Classroom Counseling Curriculum- Classroom lessons to all students on topics such as social/emotional, academic, and career needs.


·         Individual Student Planning- assisting students with goal formation/planning (behavioral, academic, etc.)


·         Responsive Services- meeting immediate student needs: counseling, crisis intervention, consultation, referral, and peer mediation.


·         System Support- schoolwide program planning and implementation (PBIS), consulting with other professionals, coordination of various supports for students and families.


How does your child experience school counseling services?

·         Individual Counseling - I provide a safe and confidential environment for students to discuss many topics regarding their social/emotional needs, career goals as well as academic success. Some topics that we may discuss include: friendship issues, stress, time management, goal-setting, academic planning, bullying, family changes, social skills, organization, career exploration and development of problem solving skills. School counselors are not licensed therapists and do


·         Small Group Counseling- A process where students sharing similar issues or concerns work together in a small group environment consisting of about 6-10 peers. The group sessions usually last about 30 minutes and are held for approximately 6-8 weeks. Topics are based on the needs of the students and may include: divorce or changing families, grief and loss, friendship and social skills, study skills, conflict resolution, anger management, self-esteem, and stress-management.


·         Classroom Counseling lessons- I develop and implement K-6 classroom curriculum driven by national and county school counseling outcomes.  I often co-plan and co-teach lessons with other professionals in the building to support social and emotional growth across curricular areas.  Classroom lessons are regularly scheduled and address social/emotional, academic, and career-related needs at the child's developmental level.


·         Academic Interventions - I provide many academic interventions to enhance student success. I work individually with students on their time management skills, study skills and organization. I occasionally conduct classroom observations or complete weekly assessments of student's academic progress. I work with teachers to provide supplementary interventions unique to each student's specific needs, in order to ensure that every student will excel to their highest academic potential.


In summary, students’ unmet mental health needs pose barriers to learning and development. Because of school counselors’ training and position, they are uniquely qualified to provide education, prevention, intervention and referral services to students and their families. Although school counselors do not provide long-term mental health therapy in schools, they provide a school counseling program designed to meet the developmental needs of all students (

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