Northwest Counseling

Meet your Northwest School Counselor!

Hello everyone!
My name is Ken Travis and I am your student’s School Counselor at Northwest Elementary!

My Education:

I received my Bachelor’s degree from Liberty University and my master’s degrees at Liberty University (M.A. Counseling), Lynchburg College (M. Ed. School Counseling) and Turabo University (ESL Instruction). I have PA school counseling certification and I am currently working toward my doctorate at Widener University.

My Family:

My wife and I have four children ages 13 to 21, and they keep us very busy! In my spare time I enjoy playing music, reading, car repair, and spending time with family and friends. I consider myself very fortunate to team with students, teachers, staff and parents to help students to be safe and successful!

My Favorite Quote: 

“Sensitivity is a strength,
Listening is a skill,
Love is an action, and
Life is a gift to be shared.”  – Samuel Gladding

My School Counseling Responsibilities:

I team with our Northwest Staff on our HELP Child Study Team which focuses on helping students who may have academic or behavior needs.

Sometimes a student’s needs can be better addressed through a referral to a support agency/organization outside of the school. When this is a possibility, I will contact you for your permission.

I meet both individually and with groups of students to celebrate successes and to help them problem-solve.

As a way to reach all students, I provide classroom school counseling lessons in all grades based on the schedule below. I follow the American School Counselors Association’s National Standards, addressing the academic, personal/social, and the career domains of students.

I will invest my time in each grade, teaching units on a variety of topics that promote self-awareness and problem solving skills.  A tentative outlook of these topics, include the following:
Kindergarten: Manners, Feelings, Personal Safety Program
Grade 1:  Peacemakers/Bully Prevention and Careers
Grade 2: Problem-solving/Bully Prevention, Personal Safety Program, Careers
Grade 3:  Bully Prevention and Careers
Grade 4:  Diversity/Bully Prevention, Personal Safety Program and Career Exploration
Grade 5:  Bully Prevention, Career Exploration

My beliefs (Mission/Vision):

School-Based Counseling Program:

Reading that makes you think….

  1. Book suggestions for Parents
  2. Book suggestions for Students

Northwest Student Council:

Great Websites to check out!

  1. Love and Logic: http://www.loveandlogic.com/
  2. Parent Smart: http://www.parentsmart.com/
  3. Stop Bullying Now (for parents #1): http://stopbullyingnow.com/
  4. Stop Bullying Now (for parents #2): http://www.bullying.org/
  5. Stop Bullying Now (for students): http://www.pacerkidsagainstbullying.org/kab/
  6. Talk about Tough Issues: http://www.childrennow.org/parenting-resources/
  7. Teaching Tolerance: http://www.tolerance.org/
  8. Anger management: http://www.nasponline.org/resources/behavior/tantrums_ho.aspx
  9. Learning Disabilities and ADHD: http://www.ldonline.org/
  10. Self-Image: http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/talk/body_image.html
  11. Anxiety: http://kidshealth.org/teen/your_mind/mental_health/anxiety.html

Please contact me with any questions or suggestions; Thank you!