Counseling Beliefs

  • All students have dignity and worth
  • All students deserve fair and equitable educational opportunities
  • Student developmental needs are best met by implementing a comprehensive school counseling program
  • All students can achieve and meet high standards that will result in college and career readiness
  • School counselors must be leaders, advocates, and collaborators who create equitable access to rigorous curriculim and opportunities for self-directed personal growth for every student
  • Student achievement is maximixed by participation in a comprehensive school counseling program that is planned, managed, delivered and evaluated by licensed professional school counselors
  • Data must be analyzed and translated into goals that guild the development of the compreshenisve school counseling program promoting student achievement
  • Applying the ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors empowers school counselors to make decisions based on the highest moral principles to promote the maximum development of every student

Vision & Mission

School Counseling Vision

The vision of the Hector A. Cafferata, Jr. Elementary School is for all students to have attained a large toolbox of positive communication skills, conflict-resolution skills and the ability to self-advocate and access resources to become responsible, independent life-long learns.

School Counseling Mission

The mission of Hector A. Cafferata, Jr. Elementary School is to instill in each child a sense of self-worth, independence, and responsibility, which will enable each student to become a life-long learner, and productive, cooperative citizen.

Role of a School Counselor

Elementary School Counselors Implement the School Counseling Program by Providing:

School Guidance Curriculum

  • Academic support, including organizational, study and test-taking skills
  • Goal setting and decision-making
  • Career awareness, exploration and planning
  • Education on understanding self and others
  • Peer relationships, coping strategies and effective social skills
  • Communication, problem-solving and conflict resolution
  • Substance abuse education
  • Multicultural/diversity awareness
  • Individual student planning

Academic planning

  • Goal setting/decision-making
  • Education on understanding of self, including strengths and weaknesses
  • Transition plans

Responsive Services

  • Individual and small-group counseling
  • Individual/family/school crisis intervention
  • Conflict resolution
  • Consultation/collaboration
  • Referrals

System Support

  • Professional development
  • Consultation, collaboration and teaming
  • Program management and operation

Elementary School Counselors Collaborate with:


  • Parent education 
  • Communication/networking 
  • Academic planning 
  • College/career awareness programs 
  • One-on-one parent conferencing 
  • Interpretation of assessment results


  • Classroom guidance activities
  • Academic support, including learning style assessment and education to help students succeed academically
  • classroom speakers
  • At-risk student identification and implementation of interventions to enhance success


  • School climate 
  • Behavioral management plans 
  • Schoolwide needs assessments 
  • Student data and results 
  • Student assistance team building


  • Peer education
  • Peer support 
  • Academic support 
  • School climate 
  • Leadership development
  • Community
  • Crisis interventions 
  • Referrals 
  • Support groups 
  • Career education

    **These examples are not intended to be all-inclusive



Rainbow Trails Camp provides a free bereavement camp for children ages 6 -6 16 who are coping with the loss of a loved within the past year.


Valerie’s House is a loving place for grieving families where children learn that loss doesn’t have to limit their dreams. It is a special place for children and families in SW Florida to connect with one another and learn the tools to heal after they have experienced tragedy, loss and death.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a 1-800 week. Call: 273 TALK (8255).

Domestic Violence Assistance 24 – hour hotline and Emergency Shelter 239-939-3112

Big Brothers, Big Sisters Suncoast Big Brothers, Big Sisters is now offering FREE positive role models for Cape Coral kids ages 6-14.  Contact Ms. Marti at [email protected] to get more information.

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Career Town 

Career Aisle 

School Choice 


Second Step was developed by the Committee for Children. The elementary years bring exciting new challenges and opportunities. It is the prime time to nurture social and emotional awareness and skills for learning. This research-based program helps increase positive behaviors by promoting self-regulation, safety and support.