HS Counseling

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    Counseling Center
    518-765-3314
     
    Director of Pupil Personnel Services  
    Karen Jones kjones@voorheesville.org  ES phone: 518-765-2382  MS/HS phone: 518-765-3314 

     

    School Counselors

    Kristen Heyde (names A-K), ext. 203 kheyde@voorheesville.org  click here for  Ms Heyde's webpage

    Timothy Kelley (names L-Z), ext. 205   tkelley@voorheesville.org
     

    Counseling Center Secretaries

    Jennifer Smith, ext. 201   jsmith@voorheesville.org 

    Deann DellaPenta, ext. 202   ddellapenta@voorheesville.org 

     
    School Psychologist

    Martha Kemp, ext. 215   mkemp@voorheesville.org

     

    School Social Worker

    Mariel Chu, LCSW ext 320 mchu@voorheesville.org

     

     

    Welcome to the High School's Counseling Center. Our goal is to assist children and their families throughout high school. Guidance and advisement as to course selection, academic programs, and career planning is offered between ninth and twelfth grades. As students prepare for life after high school, attention is placed on the options of college, employment or military service. The college selection process involves choosing a school that meets the abilities and interests of each student.  We can also assist in the financial aid process.
     
    Counseling services address personal crises, peer interactions, and other issues of mental health. Consultation services include assistance in parent/teacher communication and referrals to community resources. 
     
    The School Social Worker is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and is available to students in grades 6-12.  This position is dedicated to supporting the social, emotional, behavioral, and academic needs of students.  Assessments, short-term counseling, and crisis intervention may also be provided.
     
    The School Psychologist is an integral part of our team of counseling professionals. She works with students and families who may be experiencing academic, behavioral, social and emotional difficulties and helps generate plans to help students succeed in the academic environment.
     

    K-12 Comprehensive School Counseling Program

     

    VISION: All students will graduate with a realistic plan and the necessary skills to realize that plan.

     

    MISSION: To help all students succeed through academic, career and social/emotional support services

     

                                                                      Counseling

    Our program is aligned with the American School Counseling Association (ASCA)  National Model and New York State Education Department regulations. School Counseling program services are provided to all students in Kindergarten through Grade 12.

     

    Whom do School Counselors work with?

     

    At each level school counselors work with all STUDENTS to assist with topics such as:

    • Academic planning and support
    • Decision making and conflict resolution
    • Friendship concerns and issues
    • Career and college planning
    • Study skills and organization
    • Problem solving and coping skills
    • Course selection information
    • Graduation requirements
    • Identifying interests, strengths and learning styles

     

    At each level, school counselors work with FAMILIES to assist with topics such as:

    • Accessing community resources
    • Facilitating team communication about student needs
    • Parent conferences and referral resources
    • College application process
    • Transition supports entering school

     

    At each level, school counselors work with TEACHERS and ADMINISTRATORS to assist with:

    • Academic and behavioral interventions
    • Crisis intervention and management
    • School-wide programs
    • Data analysis to identify student needs
    • Student schedule management and coordination

     

    Delivery System:

    School Counseling Curriculum:  Lessons and activities designed to help students attain the desired competencies and to provide all students with the knowledge, attitudes and skills appropriate for their developmental level.

    • Interdisciplinary curriculum
    • Small-group counseling activities
    • Large-group presentations
    • K-12 classroom instruction

     

    Individual Student Planning: Coordinating school wide activities that help individual students establish personal goals and make future plans. School Counselors monitor all students’ progress and use these activities to help all students plan and manage their own learning.

    • Course selection information
    • College and career planning
    • Academic goals and interventions
    • Work based learning opportunities

     

    Responsive Services: Responsive services are designed to meet students’ immediate needs and concerns.

    • Individual/ small group counseling
    • Personal or family crisis
    • Mental Health-risk assessment
    • Peer mediation
    • Consultation with families and staff

     

    Collaboration: Working with parents, other educators and the community to support student achievement

    • Teaming with parents and staff to identify student needs and strategies to assist students.
    • Participation on building level and district wide committees.
    • Parent workshops/Informational sessions about student development issues, college application process, financial assistance or academic planning options.

     

    Consultation: Providing strategies to teachers, parents, other educators or community organizations to support student achievement.

    • Provide information to families to help support academic or social/emotional growth.
    • Sharing resources to support the needs of students.

     

    Referrals: Directing students and parents to services within the school or community for additional support.

    • Career and College planning tools
    • Behavioral and Mental Health Services
    • Academic support options
    • Community Agencies

     

    Advisory Council:

    The purpose of the advisory council is to provide feedback on program goals, review program results, make recommendations and advocate for the school counseling program. Council members consist of building administrators, parents, teachers, school counselors, school board members, mental health and higher education professionals.

     

     High School Counselor Scope of work