Hello and welcome to Dinwiddie Elementary School Counseling Corner! My name is Taniya Roberts and I am the new school counselor at DES. My role is to help students achieve academic success, develop an understanding of career opportunities and develop social/emotional skills in response to issues they face.
- This is my first year as a school counselor! I am excited to collaborate, learn, and grow with Dinwiddie Elementary School.
- I attended Radford University where I received my bachelor of science degree in psychology with a minor in special education in 2020. I received my master of education degree in school counseling from the University of Lynchburg in May. Throughout my
practicum and internship experiences in school counseling, I worked with elementary and middle school students.
- I grew up in a small town near Lynchburg, VA. I love to travel and explore new places, play tennis, watch TV, and spend time with friends and family.
School Counseling Service Programs
Classroom Guidance Lessons
Classroom guidance lessons are preventative in nature, designed to reach all students, and are taught in the library by the counselor. All students participate in these lessons every 3 weeks. Topics include, but are not limited to: responsibility, honesty, empathy/compassion, perseverance, self-discipline/integrity, bullying, emotional regulation, career exploration, etc.
Small Group Counseling
Small group counseling provides a safe setting where children, along with their peers, can increase their self-awareness and improve their cooperation and communication skills. Students can learn from each other. Ultimately, the goal of small group counseling is to prevent problems in the future by teaching children new skills. Topics include, but are not limited to: friendship and social skills, self-esteem, anger management, divorce, new student transitions, etc.
Individual counseling services are available to all students. It is mostly utilized when a student’s educational success is being impacted or issues arise with the child. Topics include, but are not limited to: emotions, self-esteem, family changes, grief, school attendance, etc.
While school counselors cannot provide on-going sessions, it may be appropriate for a student to receive short-term individual one-on-one time. When more attention and intervention is required, school counselors can provide referrals for parents to access counseling services within the community.
Department of Children’s Services: 804-469-5391
District 19 Crisis Hotline: 804-862-8000
Department of Social Services: 804-469-4524
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255
Dinwiddie Food Bank: 804-712-0190
Western Heights Baptist Church Clothes Closet: 804-733-8172
Salvation Army: 804-732-844
Full Circle of Grief
A local place to help children and families with loss.
Virginia Career View–Help your child explore the many career possibilities through games and videos on Virginia career view.
Mind Yeti-Teaches mindfulness, growth mindset, and relaxation techniques.
Military Kids Connect