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Overview

Our Role
• Each Counselor follows their assigned grade level from freshman year through senior year
•  Deliver wide-ranging curriculum through regularly scheduled group counseling meetings
• Work to maximize effectiveness and impact on positive student growth
• Individual or group counseling, family conferences
• Consult with faculty regarding individual student issues
 • Evening parent presentations
• Distraction free tutoring and studying locations
• Mental Health and other “big” concerns
            • Student care team
            • Cura Personalis: substance abuse program
            • Mental health care in-house: Licensed Professional Counselor
            • Referrals and treatment planning with outside professionals

Collaborative Work
• We work with faculty on behalf of our students in response to any concerns and create a uniform response to needs
• While we work hard to monitor student progress, we always appreciate hearing from faculty members and families regarding concerns about students’ academic, emotional, social well-being

What does a typical group session look like?
• Groups range from 8-15 students. 
• To begin, group norms and expectations are set
• A group topic usually lasts the full period, but may be stretched across multiple sessions.
• The student will be helped to identify areas of growth
• The counselor and other members of the group will help them challenge their beliefs and substitute more helpful ways of thinking and doing things

Why Groups?
Groups offer something completely unique to any other way of delivering treatment - the support, shared experience and thoughts of your peers, as well their counselor. During a group session, students are encouraged to share their experiences and work on understanding themselves in a compassionate and understanding environment.

Research shows that, if conducted correctly, groups are just as effective as one-to-one sessions and other positive outcomes include:
            • They allow students to express themselves in front of others without feeling judged
            • Altruism and compassion may be developed
            • Groups provoke instillation of hope as progress is made
            • Groups help in the sharing of knowledge
            • They encourage understanding, through observation of how adverse past experiences may have an impact on them
            • Groups may enhance social interactions
            • The group cohesiveness imparts a sense of safety
            • Participants may be encouraged to own their feelings, learn from each other and develop a better understanding of how they interact

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