• Ms. Norma Rodarte

    Contact Information:
    At times I may be out of the office due to meeting various student needs. Please call and leave a message or e-mail me and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

    Office Hours: 7:40am-9:30am By Appointment Only

    Phone: (951) 358-1670

    E-mail: norma.rodarte@alvordschools.org

    B.A. in Psychology
    M.S. in Counseling Psychology
    Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
    Pupil Personnel Services Credential: School Counseling

  • Current Counseling Services:

    Individual Counseling
    Classroom Presentations
    Small Group Counseling
    Crisis Counseling
    Parent Consultations
    Referrals for outside services and community resources are available for students and families.

    Students, I am here to help you with:

    Making and Keeping Friends
    Setting Goals for Academic Success
    Working With Others
    Feeling Good About Yourself
    Adjusting to a New School
    Managing Your Feelings (stress, worry, anger, etc.)
    Dealing with Peer Pressure and Bullying

    Parents, I am here to help you with:

    Exploring ways to help your student succeed in academic, career, personal and social development.
    Improving Parent-Child Communications
    Providing Referrals for Community Resources


    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's):

    • What services does the counselor provide?
      Elementary School Counselors provide preventive and intervention services, which are integrated into all aspects of children’s lives.  Counselors provide appropriate tools for communicating, making decisions, and developing friendships and coping skills.  Counselors provide services by developing and delivering classroom presentations that teach skills for achieving success, facilitating small group counseling, providing immediate short-term counseling when needed, and providing support during personal crisis.  In addition, counselors work collaboratively with parents to connect them to community resources if needed and to help their student succeed in their academic, career, personal and social development.
    • How does my student get referred to the counselor?
      Students can see their Elementary School Counselor via self-referral, parental request, request of the counselor, administrative referral, and/or teacher or staff referral.  Parental referral forms are available in the main office.

    • How do parents contact the counselor?
      Parents are invited to contact the school counselor at any time via phone or email regarding their child.  We can discuss your concerns over the phone or you can come in to meet with me. Parents are welcome to call or email the School Counselor to set-up a conference.

    • For how long does the school counselor see the student?
      Sessions may be held on a regular, ongoing basis or simply as needed. The counselor's priority is for the student to succeed here at school and to do so the student must be in his/her classroom as much as possible. Therefore the counselor will not remove the student from his/her class for longer than 15 minutes unless crisis management is needed.

    • How do I get referred for outside services?
      The role of a school counselor is to assist children during their school day. This may include issues with friends, test anxiety, social issues, and problems at home that are affecting their school day. There are times when outisde, private counseling may be necessary, such as when there are difficulties at home (i.e. divorce, death of a loved one, deployment, mental health concerns, etc.) that are either not affecting the child at school or could benefit from professional therapeutic support. If you decide private counseling is necessary for your family, the counselor can provide information regarding local counseling agencies.

    • If it is a weekend, how do I get help for Crisis Counseling?
      Our district has many resources for various situations on their website at http://alvordschools.org/Domain/2421. You can also ask your school counselor for a list of local resources to contact in case of a crisis situation.

    • If a student is getting outside services, what is the school counselor’s role?
      The school counselor can collaborate with the outside service providers if needed. There is a form that the school counselor might give you titled "Authorization for Use and/or Disclosure of Confidential Information" which will allow communication between providers. 

    • What are the parameters around confidentiality?
      Confidentiality is an important aspect of counseling; this is how the counselor builds trust with the student. What the child says during counseling is to remain between the counselor and the child unless: 1. The child is in imminent danger. 2. The child is threatening to harm him/herself or someone else. 3. The child reports an incident of abuse and/or neglect. 4. The child gives permission to disclose. When a breach in confidentiality is necessary, the counselor would make a report to the appropriate agencies, support staff and/or parents depending on the situation. Note: Our highest priority is keeping your student safe. School counselors and other school staff members are mandated reporters. Mandated reporters are required by law to report to CPS any time a student is suspected of being in danger.

    • How can I get ahold of the counselor? 
      The counselor is available Monday-Friday from 7:30am-3:00pm and can be reached by phone, email, or in person. If you would like a meeting, please contact the counselor ahead of time to make an appointment. The counselor shedule is not always open to immediate walk-in meetings, however parental involvement is a priority for us and the counselor will try to schedule a meeting for as soon as possible.

    • Why would my child see you? 
      Students may be referred to the school counselor if there are concerns that are inhibiting their learning here at school. Some concerns, but not limited to are: behavioral difficulties, social/emotional concerns, conflict with peers, attendance concerns and academic concerns.

    • Will you notify me if you spoke to my child?
      Parents are notified at the discretion of the counselor. If a counselor will be seeing a student on an on-going basis, the counselor will then notify the parent and seek parental consent for school counseling.

    • What topics do you cover in small groups?
      Small group topics are determined based on the need of the small group. Previous groups held are listed below:

      Making Good Choices Group: Learning skills- listening, following directions, focusing attention, making a plan for learning; self- talk; Decision making; problem solving; Appropriate vs. Inappropriate behavior; friendships; confidence

      Friendship Group: strengths as a friend; what to look for in a friend; conflict resolution with friends; sharing and taking turns; problem solving; listening to others; how to make a new friend

      G.I.R.L.S. Group: self- discovery; communication; gossip; increase self- esteem; personal power; friendship

    • Where is the Counselor’s office?
      The Counselor’s office is in room 18. Visitors- Please check in with the front office before going to the Counseling Room.

    • Am I in trouble if I see the School Counselor?
      When you receive a slip with the Counselor’s name on it, it does not mean you have been called in because you are in trouble or “bad.” In fact, a counselor is an adult who acts as your advocate! An advocate is someone who wants to listen to what you have to say and help you come up with reasonable solutions to making your situation better. It does not mean that your counselor can solve the problem for you; it does mean that you have a safe place that you can go to when you are not sure what to do.