Thank you for visiting the counseling web page. Hello, my name is Erick Alvarez, and this is my 9th year as the school counselor here at Fred Douglass. I can truly that that this is one of the best schools to learn, work, and play. I started my career in education in 2002 as a second grade bilingual teacher and since then have taught kindergarten, third grade, and have served as a gifted and talented coordinator.
I received my bachelors from Dallas Baptist University, my Masters in Bilingual Education from Southern Methodist University, and my Masters in Counseling from Stephen F. Austin University.
What do I do?
As the guidance counselor most of my time is spent with students, through classroom guidance lessons, small group counseling, and individual counseling.
I spend a great deal of my time in classrooms providing important lessons on social skills, emotional intelligence, emotion regulation, safety, skills for learning, empathy, respect, and career and college awareness. At Fred Douglass we strongly believe that it is our job to educate the whole child, academically, socially, and emotionally.
Small Group and Individual Counseling
For those children that require more personal assistance, I offer small group counseling and individual counseling for a broad variety of problems and difficulties related to school. In these small groups we focus on learning, practicing, and improving social skills, enhancing emotional intelligence, and learning how to deal with especially powerful emotions, such as anger, anxiety, fear, and sadness.
Parent and Teacher Consultation
I am also available for brief consultations with parents and teachers on ways and strategies to support their students' and children's academic and social/emotional development.
As the counselor, I am also the campus 504 coordinators, which means I ensure that our students with disabilities receive the services and assistance they need. If you have any questions regarding 504 services, you can contact Mr. Alvarez any time through his email or phone at school.