The Counselor's Role
The role of a school counselor is to support and advocate for students to provide them with the opportunities necessary for them to be successful academically and interpersonally. A school counselor is part of a multidisciplinary team that is responsible for ensuring appropriate educational opportunities for all students. It is important to be aware that the school counselor is responsible for helping the entire student population while tailoring interventions to meet the specific needs of each student. We are here to support your child both academically and socially/emotionally.
For Information from your House Counselor, please click on the link below:
Individual and Group Counseling
Individual and group counseling are available to all students. Students benefit from in-school counseling when they are having a difficulty that is affecting their ability to function in the school setting. Problems/concerns that are typically addressed in counseling include, but are not limited to:
- Divorce/Separation/Family Change
- Obsessions (ex: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
- Family Problems
- Separation Anxiety
- Anger Management
- Social Skills
- Familial Drug/Alcohol Abuse
- Student Substance Use/Abuse
- Interpersonal Issues
- Student Academic Skills
- Coping with a Learning Disability
- General Coping Skills
- Emotional Regulation
Helpful Books by Topic
- "The Divorce Helpbook for Kids" By: Cynthia MacGregor
- "Divorced but Still my Parents: A Helping Book about Divorce for Children and Parents" By: Shirley Thomas, PhD. and Dorothy Rankin
Dealing with Bullies:
- "Bullies are a Pain in the Brain" By: Trevor Romain
- "Enemy Pie" By: Derek Munson
- "My Secret Bully" By: Trudy Ludwig
- "The Bully Blockers Club" By: Teresa Bateman
- "Get Organized without Losing it" By: Janet S. Fox
- "How to do Homework without Throwing Up" By: Trevor Romain
Dealing with Worry/Anxiety:
- "What to do When you Worry Too Much: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety" By: Dawn Huebner, PhD.
- "What to do When You're Scared and Worried: A Guide for Kids" By: James J. Crist. PhD.
- "Take Control of OCD: The Ultimate Guide for kids with OCD" By: Bonnie Zucker, PsyD.
- "Taking the GRRR Out of Anger" By: Elizabeth Verdick and Marjorie Lisovskis
- "Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss" By: Pat Schwiebert and Chuck DeKlyen
- "What on Earth do you do when Someone Dies?" By: Trevor Romain
- "Putting on the Brakes: Understanding and Taking Control of your ADD or ADHD" (Second Edition) By: Patricia O. Quinn, M.D. and Judith M. Stern, M.A.
- "All Dogs have ADHD" By: Kathy Hoopman
- "The ADHD Workbook for Kids: Helping Children Gain Self-Confidence, Social Skills, and Self-Control" By: Lawrence E. Shapiro, PhD.
Autism Spectrum Disorders:
- "Ten Things Your Student with Autism Wishes you Knew" By: Ellen Notbohm
- "All Cats have Asperger Syndrome" By: Kathy Hoopman
- "Knowing Yourself, Knowing Others: A Workbook for Children with Asperger's Disorder, Nonverbal Learning Disorder, and Other Social-Skill Problems" By: Barbara Cooper, MPS and Nancy Widdows, MS
- "The spirit within a single child is reason enough for spending one's lifetime in the service of children . . . children are indeed a gift, and all of our endeavors must strive to reflect this truth." - Sr. Carol Ann Nawrajac