4401 N. Henderson Rd.
Arlington, VA 22203
Fax: 703-228-8544
Thursday, March 30, 2017


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Welcome to Barrett Elementary!

Barrett's Counseling Program is facilitated by Stephanie Shaefer, Counselor, L.P.C, Licensed Professional Counselor with a Specialty in Marriage, Child and Family Counseling.

Ms. Shaefer works very closely with Barrett's Family and Parent Involvement Coordinators, our School Nurse and Clinic Manager, our School Social Worker and Psychologist (who are both here one-two days per week and are on call), as well as with all teachers, staff, students and parents. Ms. Shaefer is at Barrett Mondays through Fridays and is also able to schedule evening hours as needed.

Ms. Shaefer spends most of her time providing direct and indirect services to our students. She meets with them individually, in small groups, and in classroom counseling activities, either in her office, classrooms, or during lunch, playground recess, before or after school, including in our extended day program. Referrrals are made by students themselves, teachers, parents, and support staff. She also consults with parents, teachers, support staff and oftentimes facilitates meetings with representatives of all these groups in order to plan the best possible program for your children.

Counseling Groups include:

  • Anger and Stress Management
  • Getting along with Others / Making and Keeping Friends
  • Conflict Resolution and Problem-Solving Skills
  • Healthy Living Group / Asthma Support Group
  • Living with Separation and Divorce, Grief and Loss
In-Class Activities Include:
  • Circle Meetings for Problem-Solving / Student Concerns
  • Improving Study and Test-Taking Skills
  • Goal Setting and Career Awareness
  • Skill training in Listening, Conflict Resolution &
  • Intercultural Understanding / Respecting Self & Others
  • Super Star Positive Incentive / Character Education Program
  • Preparing and Transitioning to Middle School
  • Bully Prevention
  • Drug, Alcohol and Gang Prevention for 4th & 5th graders
Before and After School Activities include:
  • Mediation and training for Barrett Peer Mediator Peacebuilders (3rd-5th grade)
  • 4-H Girls and Boys 
  • Parent Education and Family Programs

Ms. Shaefer looks forward to working closely with the P.T.A. and hearing from all of you with advice and suggestions for our counseling program and activities needed in our school family and community. She would each be happy to meet with you confidentially concerning your children and family, as well as to explain programs and review materials. Please let Ms. Shaefer know if there are activities for which you would not like your child to participate.

The Counseling Office is located in Room 7, on the lower level next to the teacher's lounge. To make an appointment you can telephone directly at 703-228-8532,

leave a confidential voice mail, Fax to 703-351-0023, e-mail to sshaefer@arlington.K12.va.us or leave a message in Ms. Shaefer's mailbox in the front office.

Last Modified on October 8, 2015