Course Syllabus

Welcome to the YES School Counseling Page!

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Meet the Counselor

Hello! My name is Ms. Cigna and this is my second year as the School Counselor at Youngsville Elementary.  I am so excited to kick off the 2019-2020 school year with my Junior Jag family!

My Background:

I grew up near Princeton, New Jersey before relocating to Canton, GA. I attended the University of Georgia where I received Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Human Development & Family Science. I moved to North Carolina to complete my Masters of Counseling and Educational Specialist degrees at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and have not turned back since! I am also a National Certified Counselor (NCC).

I love working with elementary students and supporting their academic, social-emotional, and career development, as well as collaborating with families, school personnel, and the community! I enjoy trying new restaurants, exercising, and traveling!


Comprehensive School Counseling Program (ASCA)

Why Elementary School Counselors?

According to the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) National Model, school counselors provide services in the following areas:

As a part of the comprehensive school counseling program, direct services are offered through Classroom Guidance, Small Group Counseling, and Individual Counseling.


Classroom Guidance:

Students will participate in classroom guidance lessons throughout the year, which are a part of the North Carolina K-12 Standards, Curriculum and Instruction. Lessons take place on a three-week rotation. Each class/grade-level participates in a classroom guidance lesson approximately once every three weeks. Classroom Guidance is delivered to all students to help support their social-emotional, academic, and career development. Teacher input is utilized to develop the guidance curriculum throughout the year and to support grade-level needs.

General Guidance Lesson Topics Include:

Emotion Regulation
Bullying/Peer Conflict
Conflict Resolution
Diversity & Appreciating Differences
Test Prep/Test Taking Strategies (3-5)
Growth Mindset
Career Exploration & Development


For monthly updates regarding grade-level specific guidance topics, check out the School-Wide Newsletter!


Small Group Counseling:
Small group counseling is offered to students on a quarterly-basis for students with similar concerns or goals. Small groups meet weekly throughout the quarter during non-instructional time and allow students the opportunity to work towards their individual goals, as well as collaborate with their peers in a fun and safe environment.
Parent/guardian permission will be obtained prior to student participation in small groups.

Individual Counseling:

Individual meetings with students take place on an as-needed basis, often as a result of student self-referrals, teacher/school staff referral, or family referral. School counseling is not intensive therapy, but rather brief, solution-focused support for an issue that may be impacting student success in the school environment.


Please visit the Modules tab for helpful resources for families and teachers!

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For further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me:


Christa Cigna
School Counselor
(919) 556-5250 ext. 269


Thank you for your continued collaboration in supporting our scholars!


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