Professional Counseling Disclosure Statement
Kari L. Mann
Email: [email protected]
I expect to receive my Master of Education in Counseling Education, with a licensure in Mental Health Counseling in December 2020. I received my bachelor’s degree in general studies from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis in 2000. Prior to returning to school for my masters, I served in a variety of positions. A significant portion of my career focused on community relations and marketing, this allowed me to be extremely involved with local businesses and not-for-profits. I had the honor of serving on the founding board of directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Morgan County and The League of Miracles. In addition, I served as Lieutenant Governor of the Kiwanis Club of Indiana, whose purpose is to improve the quality of life for children around the world. In 2018, I worked as a temporary teacher in a resource classroom at Mooresville High School. That experience led me back to my true passion, counseling. In the Fall of 2019, I began my counseling education practicum at Plainfield Middle School. I worked with students in grades 6-8, assisting them with individual counseling needs, scheduling and crisis intervention. In addition, I led an organizational group in order to help ease the transition for incoming middle school students. Currently, I am working with elementary students in grades K-4. Over the past semester, I have conducted individual counseling sessions, facilitated friendship groups, created and implemented social emotional lessons for classrooms and administered state required tests. Upon graduation, I plan to apply for my mental health licensure. If granted, I will serve in a limited capacity and under direct supervision as a Licensed Mental Health Counseling Associate (LMHCA).
I believe that individual needs dictate flexibility in counseling philosophy. As a school counselor, many sessions are brief and major counseling concerns are typically referred to specialists in the area. Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on an individual’s feelings and behaviors, this is extremely important when helping a client to become more self-aware. Utilizing that therapy in conjunction with solution-focused therapy can provide excellent outcomes in brief counseling scenarios. In addition, as an LMHC, I hope to be able to focus on treating trauma and assisting in crisis management.
Code of Ethics
I will adhere to the following guidelines from the American School Counseling Association (ASCA).
- Support Student Development
- Provide confidentiality and clarification of limits
- Collaborate on school-improvement goals and necessary interventions
- Utilize data-collection tools while adhering to confidentiality standards
- Encourage academic, career and social/emotional goals
- Advocate for all students
- Manage boundaries, especially in the instance of dual relationships
- Work with groups to address student needs and encourage peer support
- Recognize underserved and at-risk populations in order to offer appropriate resources
- Promote a safe environment, free from bullying, harassment and abuse
- Evaluate, assess and interpret tests and assessments
- Develop and maintain professional relationships with faculty, staff and administrators
- Respect the rights and responsibilities of parents and guardians
- Other standards as necessary
As a client, all information that you share will be confidential as part of our counseling relationship, with the following exceptions: (a) you direct me in writing to disclose information to someone else, (b) it is determined you are a danger to yourself or others (including child or elder abuse), or (c) I am ordered by a court to disclose information.