Counseling Department

School counselors support students and families through services such as individual counseling and connection to resources. We also deliver developmental curriculum to all students on topics such as mental health, post-high school planning, and career exploration. CV counselors facilitate individual academic planning for students including school engagement and course selection.

How do I access my school counselor?

  1. Meet with your counselor during drop-in time. All of the school counselors are available during lunch on most days. No appointment needed.
  2. Schedule an appointment with your counselor. Stop by the counselor administrative assistant desk to make an appointment.
  3. Call or send an email. Due to the nature of our work and the volume of email received, email response times often exceed one business day.

Why have school counselors?

Students in schools with more fully implemented comprehensive counseling programs report high grades, increased perceptions of safety, and feeling better prepared for the future. (Lapan, Gysbers, & Petroskis, 2003)

Professional school counselors serve as a stabilizing force in the school community

  • during crisis events
  • while mediating conflict
  • in consulting with staff and parents
  • as community outreach partners

Ethics

Our staff counselors ascribe to the American School Counselor Association’s  (ASCA) Ethical Standards for School Counselors (2016) which may be found at www.schoolcounselor.org

Confidentiality

98% of 13-18 year olds consider confidentiality as essential or important in a school counseling relationship, (Collins & Knowles, 1995.) At the same time, parents have legal and inherent rights to be the guiding voice in their child’s life. (ASCA, 2016)

As professional school counselors we take both our obligation to the student and our obligations beyond the student seriously. With a core belief in developing collaborative relationships with all parties involved, we seek a balance driven by the best interest of the student. We must breach confidentiality; if the student’s safety is at risk, the safety of a third party is at risk, or when ordered by a court of law. In situations where a breach of confidentiality may be warranted but isn’t necessarily required by law we will consult, with other counseling professionals about the appropriateness of a possible breach. (ASCA, 2016)