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Counseling Services

Counseling Services at Whitehouse Primary

School counselors provide social-emotional education, prevention, and intervention services to help students achieve academic success. Counselors collaborate with parents, staff members, and the community to create a safe and caring school climate that supports all students. Throughout the school year, counselors work with students individually, in small groups, and in classroom lessons. Common areas of focus include: feeling identification, emotional regulation, social skills, conflict resolution, coping skills, stress management, academic and behavior support, career awareness, and support for family stressors and changes.

About Miss Bailin
Kate Bailin is the school counselor at Whitehouse Primary. She obtained her bachelor of science in Early Childhood Education from BGSU and spent eight years as a classroom teacher prior to becoming a counselor. She completed her Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling at Spring Arbor University and attended The University of Toledo for the School Counseling Endorsement Program.

She is passionate about meeting the social-emotional needs of children and enjoy working with families to develop a collaborative team approach to supporting students.

Anthony Wayne Local Schools Community Resource Guide

awls community resource guideThe Anthony Wayne Local Schools counselors have curated a list of local services, organizations, programs and individuals who can provide support to our students and their families in various ways. The guide is offered only as a reference, the District does not endorse or recommend any specific provider on this list.If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to your school counselor.

Download the AWLS Community Resource Guide

School-Wide Initiatives

Our PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Support) Program emphasizes three school-wide expectations that are consistent throughout the Anthony Wayne School District. These expectations are: Be Responsible, Be Respectful, and Be Safe. Teachers and staff members work together to reinforce these expectations throughout the school year. Each month, teachers also nominate a “General of the Month” who demonstrates our three expectations.

One of our main conflict resolution tools at Whitehouse is called the “I Message.”  Students are taught how to use the “I Message” during classroom counseling sessions.  

Here are the steps of an “I Message”
I feel...
When people...
Will you please… ?

In addition to providing positive school-wide programs and initiatives, we also educate students about bullying prevention. Students are taught about the various types of bullying, including: physical, verbal, relational, and cyber. It is important to understand that arguments and confrontations between students may not always be considered bullying. To help distinguish bullying from routine childhood conflicts, look for these characteristics:

  • The behavior is done intentionally
  • The behavior is repeated over time
  • A real or perceived imbalance of power exists between the two parties
Bullying Prevention Resources For Parents:

Anthony Wayne Policy on Bullying and Other Forms of Aggressive Behavior

Meet Our School Therapy Dog

Luna, Whitehouse Primary school therapy dogWhitehouse Primary became the proud recipient of Luna, our school therapy dog, in the fall of 2019. Luna is a golden retriever who completed 2 years of training in the Canine Student Teacher Program through Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence. This program has been specifically designed to train puppies to work as school therapy dogs. Throughout Luna’s training, she was exposed to new experiences and learned obedience skills. Luna also spent a year training in a school setting with a counselor prior to being placed at Whitehouse Primary. We are grateful to have Luna as a staff member at our school!

Why do schools use therapy dogs?
School therapy dogs are able to help children in many ways. They boost school morale and can be used as a tool to help meet students’ social and emotional needs. Therapy dogs can also be utilized in classrooms to help motivate students academically and bring extra excitement to learning.

To learn more about how School Therapy Dogs are used, please visit the Allie Project’s website.

Counseling Services

Classroom Lessons

Classroom counseling lessons are the best opportunity to impact the largest number of students. The school counselor visits each classroom about once a month to teach students about topics such as:

  • Feelings and self-esteem
  • Coping skills
  • Making and keeping friends
  • Social skills
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork
  • Career exploration

Small Group Counseling

Small groups are available for students in grades K-4. Groups are an excellent opportunity for students to work together in a comfortable setting with peers and the school counselor. Common topics include:

  • Coping skills
  • Self-esteem
  • Emotional regulation
  • Changing families
  • Friendship
  • Social skills
  • Grief
  • Problem solving

Individual Counseling

Students may be referred for individual counseling by a parent, teacher, staff member or themselves. Individual counseling is provided on a short-term basis and is designed to target a specific goal. If a student needs more intensive counseling, the school counselor will contact parents to discuss a referral to an outside counseling agency. Referrals to outside agencies are also available upon request.


Whitehouse Primary

6510 Texas Street
Whitehouse, OH 43571

Kate Bailin



[email protected]

Rebekah Hrcka
School Social Worker

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