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Introduction to the Counseling Program

Iron Bowl 2012
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Liberty Middle School Counseling Program

Welcome to Liberty Middle School! I am Karen Clayton and am happy to serve you and your child. I have 21 years experience in counseling and look forward to being a part of your child’s middle school journey.


  • Class AA, School Counselor (052)  Grades P-12, School Counselor (0E0)
  • Class A, School Counselor (050) Grades P-12, School Counselor (0E0)


  • Educational Specialist: School Counseling , the University of West Alabama, 2011
  • Master of Art: Rehabilitation Counseling, the University of Alabama, 1996
  • Bachelor of Arts: Psychology University of Alabama  1995

The LMS counseling program follows the ASCA (American School Counselor Association) National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs and the Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance State Model for Alabama Public Schools. The models are data driven and results based meant to guide today’s school counselor who is uniquely trained to implement this program.

Liberty Middle School Counseling Program Mission Statement:

The LMS School Counseling program seeks to engage the whole student to promote balance in meaningful academic, career and social emotional learning. The program believes that all students should have a warm, familial school environment that celebrates individual strengths, embraces academic rigor, and recognizes failure as an opportunity for growth.

Use of Time All components are required for a comprehensive school counseling program

Planned Use


Direct Services to Students


School counseling core curriculum

Provides developmental curriculum content in a systematic way to all students

80% or more


Individual student planning

Assists students in the development of educational, career and personal plans


Responsive services

Addresses the immediate concerns of students

Indirect Services for Students


Referrals, consultation and collaboration

Interacts with others to provide support for student achievement

Program Planning and School Support


Foundation management, accountability and school support

Includes planning and evaluating the school counseling program and school support activities

20% or less

Role of the Middle School Counselor 

“During the middle school grades, counselors’ concerns shift to the changing needs of the young adolescent. Middle school counselors focus on helping students to establish, identify, and balance academic, career, and personal/social goals. Efforts begun in elementary schools are continued and expanded, although an emphasis is placed on the transition into high school. In addition, middle school counselors help students integrate knowledge of their interests, aptitude, and academic skills into the formation of a high school four-year educational plan and educational/career planning portfolio for high school and beyond.”


The role of the school counselor in regards to confidentiality is:

  • To support the students’ right to privacy and protect confidential information received from students, the family, guardians and staff members
  • To explain the meaning and limits of confidentiality to students in developmentally appropriate terms
  • To provide appropriate disclosure and informed consent regarding the counseling relationship and confidentiality
  • To inform students and the family of the limits to confidentiality when:
  •        Student poses a danger to self or others
  •        Court ordered disclosure
  •        Consultation with other professionals in support of the student i.e. colleagues, supervisors, treatment teams, and         other support personnel
  •        Privilege communication is not granted by state laws and local guidelines (e.g. school board policies)
  • To keep personal notes separate from educational records and not disclose their contents except when privacy exceptions exist.
  • To seek guidance from supervisors and appropriate legal advice when their records are subpoenaed
  • To assert their belief that information shared by students is “confidential” and should not be revealed without the student’s consent
  • To adhere to all laws protecting student records, health information, and special services (i.e., HIPAA, FERPA, IDEA)

In order to efficiently serve LMS students, I use these accounts for parent/student counseling information. I strongly encourage LMS students to follow along for important information re: academic, career, and personal/social issues. 

Remind will be used as the primary communication method. It will be info only and the feed is on this website if you do not want to join. Twitter is a mix of professional, personal & information. Instagram is fun & geared towards student info. Parents and students are welcome to any and all!

Remind: Students must provide a parent email address if they are under 13. Parents will be notified if their child signs up.

Updated and ready for 2017-18. Please join!

 To sign up to get messages:

7th Students and Parents click hhyperlink below

8th Students and Parents click hyperlink below

Follow me:

Twitter: @lmscounselor

Instagram: lmscounselor