About the Counselor
This is my second year at Plainfield as the school
counselor. Before becoming a professional school
counselor I worked as a world language teacher, as
a social work intern, as a full-time mother, as arts
coordinator at Plainfield School, as education
outreach coordinator at the Hopkins Center, as
director of ArtCare at the Koop Institute, and as
community relations director in the Lebanon School
District. I’ve worked as the school counselor at the
White River (VT) School and the Mount Holly
Classroom guidance: researching stress management (VT) School and I completed school counseling
internships in Lebanon (NH) and Hartford (VT)
About the Program schools.
The Plainfield School Counseling & Guidance I graduated from the University of Rochester with a
program works closely with the Health program degree in French literature following a year at
and, in alignment with the NH standards, follows Swarthmore and a semester in Paris, France. I’ve
the American School Counselor Association undertaken graduate work in education,
(ASCA) national model with goals in the academic, psychology, social work and counseling at
personal/social and career exploration domains. numerous public and private universities and was
proud to complete my master’s degree in school
The counselor works with students, parents and counseling at Plymouth State University in 2006.
teachers to identify and remove barriers that may Plainfield School
impede student achievement, with the goal in mind
of helping all students achieve at their full academic
My professional belief system is based on the
understanding that children do well if they can. I Counseling & Guidance
potential. use an eclectic but basically strengths-based,
solution-focused approach to counseling. This
Plainfield School's developmental guidance philosophy includes a very basic premise: if
program includes: something works we should do more of it; if it
doesn’t we need to try something else.
School-wide and class-wide programs
Classroom lessons I live in a log house in Hanover with my husband
Small group sessions Peter who is a teacher, writer and consultant. Our
Individual counseling daughter Mikaela who attended grades K-5 at
Big Brother/Big Sister Program Plainfield is a now a senior at Emory University
Student Support Team and very active on the college debate circuit; our
Workshops for parents son Jared (PES '99) is a 2007 Yale alumnus
working abroad as a news editor.
Consultation and collaboration
Responsive services The New Hampshire School Counselor Association
provided some of the material for this brochure.
Elementary School Counselors Middle Level Counselors Believe…
Students in the middle level are in a significant
Children have dignity and worth as human period of transition that is a normal part of the
beings. developmental process of growing up.
Children learn best when they feel good Young adolescents change more in every
about themselves and their relationships aspect of life than in any developmental time
with others. except infancy.
Children who understand their feelings are Young adolescents benefit most from a team
better able to control their behavior. effort involving teachers, parents, students and
Children are capable of making responsible administrators.
Big Sister/Big Brother program
choices. Young adolescents need a healthy self-concept
and motivation to learn in order to be
Attitudes formed during elementary school School counselors help students successful during this critical transition period.
shape future attitudes towards learning,
self, and society. prepare for the future by:
Assisting students to develop personal
Elementary School Counselors awareness and explore personal goals Middle Level Counselors Help…
Help… Helping to develop communication and
interpersonal skills. Young adolescents learn to understand more
Children develop understanding and Providing a comprehensive and about themselves during this transition period.
acceptance of themselves. developmental guidance and counseling Young adolescents learn to manage and
Children cope with family changes. program that impacts all students. organize information.
Children develop decision-making and Young adolescents make choices and deal with
problem solving skills. change.
Children develop socially and emotionally, Young adolescents create educational plans
to mature in their relations with others. and set educational goals.
Children to understand themselves in Young adolescents develop positive attitudes
relation to their own development. toward life long learning and the world of
Parents understand their children’s work.
emotions, behaviors, and learning styles,
and assist them in meeting their child’s Please contact me with your questions,
needs. suggestions, and concerns.
School staff, teachers and administrators Career Day 2009
understand and meet the needs of all Gail Malsin, M.Ed.
students in intellectual, personal, social and Counseling and guidance services firstname.lastname@example.org
emotional areas. are for ALL students, not just those 469-3250 extension 225
Parents and teachers create a positive in a crisis situation.