Whether in the Military, Law Enforcement, or Social Work, I have always strived to make the world a better place, Here at Century I have found my true purpose in life. I enjoy helping young people navigate through hardships, friendships, feelings, and grief. After graduating from Utah State University with my Master's in Social Work in 2019, I became the School Counselor at Century Elementary. During the past four years, I have truly enjoyed helping students and families get access to the resources they deserve.
Master of Social Work (MSW)
Utah State University
While in the MSW program I advocated for the equality of others. Things I learned included Psychopharmacology, Group therapy, individual therapy, Human Development, Risk Assessment. I served my internship at an elementary school in Cache County helping students and families in need.
Bachelorette of Social Work (BSW)
Utah State University
In 2018 I earned my BSW degree. I successfully completed courses such as Social Work Theories, Human Psychology, Child and Human Development, among others. While in my BSW Program I completed my internship for a Hospice center helping the ageing population and their families with end of life planning, resource brokering, and provided comfort for their loved ones through the process.
JUSTIN BISHOP, CSW
Century Elementary School Counselor
Welcome to Mr. Bishop's counseling website! This is my fourth year as a counselor here at Century Elementary, and I am so pleased to be returning. I want to thank you for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful community. I look forward to working with you and your child this year, and I will make every effort to see that your child receives as much personal assistance as possible.
“The elementary comprehensive school counseling program at Box Elder School District strive to prepare students through the Box Elder WAY” (Wellness-physical, mental, social and emotional and resilience, Academic proficiency-critical thinking, problem- solving, lifelong learning, and YOU-honesty, integrity, responsibility, personal growth)
I am passionate and dedicated to fostering academic greatness and social-emotional well-being in students. With a strong belief that all students can learn and thrive in a respectful environment, I strive to create a positive and engaging learning experience. Through my commitment to nurturing students' holistic development, I aim to empower them for future success. Join me on this journey of educational excellence and personal growth.
What Does an Elementary Counselor Do?
The American School Counselor Association states that "Elementary school counselors are educators uniquely trained in child development, learning strategies, self-management, and social skills, who understand and promote success for today’s diverse students. They implement a school counseling program to support students through this important developmental period. The program provides education, prevention and intervention activities, which are integrated into all aspects of children’s lives. The program teaches knowledge, attitudes and skills students need to acquire in academic, career and social/emotional development, which serve as the foundation for future success."
A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH
All Box Elder School District, elementary school counselors will be using research-based curriculum to teach these important skills. Second Step and Kelso's Choice are the district-approved programs that elementary counselors will be implementing.
WHAT SERVICES ARE PROVIDED
Small-Group Counseling: A variety of small groups are offered to students who may benefit from spending some extra time developing academic, social, or emotional skills along with their peers, and to students who are coping with similar life situations. Groups can have anywhere from 3-7 members and will meet during school hours for several weeks. If your student participates in group counseling I will contact you prior to obtain your permission. Individual Counseling: Some students can benefit from one-on-one counseling regarding academic, social, or emotional challenges. One on one counseling is short-term (2 weeks or less). If students need more one-on-one counseling that extends beyond the district-mandated 2-week limit, I will reach out to you, to discuss other outside counseling options or you can refer to the community resources below.
There are three ways a student can access services from the counselor:
Self-referral is when the student fills out a referral form on the counselor's door for a follow up at a later time. Usually the same day.
Teachers and staff may refer a student to the counselor when there is a possible concern.
Parents/Guardians may also refer their students to the counselor for services. It takes a village sometimes and I am here to help in any way possible.
- You can make a referral here: Counselor Referral Form
WHAT IS THE SECOND STEP PROGRAM?
We want your child to be as successful as possible at school. Success in school is not just about reading and math. It is also about knowing how to learn and how to get along with others. Go to secondstep.org to find out more. We will be using the Second Step program at Century Elementary to teach these critical skills in the following areas: Skills for Learning: students will gain skills to help themselves learn, including how to focus their attention, listen carefully, use self-talk to stay on task, and be assertive when asking for help with schoolwork.Empathy: Students will learn to identify and understand their own and others' feelings. Students will also learn how to take another's perspective and how to show compassion.Emotion Management: Students learn specific skills for calming down when experiencing strong feelings, such as anxiety or anger.Problem Solving: Students learn a process for solving problems with others in a positive way.
Hope Squad is a peer-to-peer suicide prevention program. Hope Squad members are nominated by their classmates as trustworthy peers and trained by advisors. The program reduces youth suicide through education, training, and peer intervention.
You can read more about HOPE Squad at hopesquad.com