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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Overview by Class Year

Freshman Year: Open to Growth

The focus of freshman formation sessions is ensuring a successful transition to Strake Jesuit, both academically and socially. Students gain an understanding of their values, learning styles, communication preferences, and team/leadership skills. Students are asked to continually reflect on their performance and develop improvement plans and set new goals. Self-advocacy is emphasized through role-playing scenarios. The development of an assertive communication style is stressed. Students are encouraged to become involved in co-curricular activities, ministry activities and/or sports to ensure that they have a balanced high school experience. Topics covered include:

• Academic Integrity
• Self-concept
• Self-Acceptance
• Self-Confidence
• Self-Control
• Self-Care
• Leadership
• Accepting Others
• Bullying
• Time Management
• Memory
• Note taking
• Non-Verbal Communication
• Active and Effective Listening
• Learning Style Inventory
• Career Exploration
• My Strengths
• Organization and Planning
• Communicating with Teachers
• Communication with Family
• Peer Pressure
• Extracurricular Activities & Holistic Health
• Social Media
• Assertiveness 


Sophomore Year: Intellectually Competent and Physically Fit

Sophomore year is a time for personal self-discovery, deeper socialization, and beginning the exploration of possible life paths. Since sophomores already know the logistics of getting around Strake Jesuit, including finding classrooms and opening lockers, they focus on "unlocking" other aspects of developing identity: deepening personal relationships, expanding social networks and commitments to co-curricular activities, and dreaming about career possibilities. Sophomores are generally in a place where exploration of future possibilities seems exciting now that the transitional phase of freshman year is over. Some of the topics covered are:

• Career Interests
• Self-Exploration
• Resumes
• My Legacy
• Success
• Hard Work
• Self-Discipline
• Academic Success and Integrity
• Substance Abuse
• Peer Pressure
• Healthy Relationships
• Chastity
• Health and Hygiene
• Health Problems and Preventatives
• Letting Go Of…
• Stages of Change and Habits
• Grief Cycle
• Stress Management
• Moral Justice
• Cultural Heritage
• Use of Social Media
• Making the Most of College Visits
• Course Selections
• Staying Mentally and Physically Fit in Summer


Junior Year: Religious and Loving

Finding perspective and achieving a healthy balance is the key to a successful junior year. This is both an exciting and important time in the life of a high school student. The college process starts in earnest as the second semester begins. While college counselors will take on a larger role in our student’s academic careers, Academic and Personal counselors will focus heavily on beginning the transition into young adulthood from a holistic and growth-oriented approach. The emphasis of this year will be on helping our students grow spiritual and firm in their beliefs of what it means to be a true Man for Others

• A Call to be 'little- c' catholic
• Putting shoes on the Gospel
• Fruits of the Spirit
• Unconditional Positive Regard
• Laughter and Joy
• Loyalty and Fidelity
• Answering God's Call
• Moral Dilemma’s
• Gratitude
• Forgiveness
• Sacrifice and Altruism 
• Compassion
• Humility
• A Man of God a Man for Others
• Serving- What's the Point?
• Full active participation
• Express Yourself! Assertiveness
• Mindfulness
• Lasting Friendships- What Makes a Good friend? 
• Managing Anger
• Depression
• Resilience
• Cognitive Distortions
• Rejection/ Failure
• Handling Temptation & Avoiding Sin
• A Gentleman and a Scholar
• Alcohol and Drugs
• Ways to Pray


Senior Year: Committed to Doing Justice

Senior year is an exciting time in the life of a young adult. Beyond college applications, our students are hopefully enjoying the company of one another and are continuing to pursue their interests in and out of school. Maintaining balance in a senior’s life is difficult but absolutely worth the effort on a daily basis. Students may sometimes find themselves struggling emotionally to understand how to navigate their eventual transition from home and away from loved ones and require extra support in this area. This year completes the four-year concentration on becoming the Graduate at Graduation, in doing so there is much attention given to how our students will continue to live out the Grad at Grad following graduation. 

• Who am I now as opposed to 4 years ago?
• Public Service in my Career Path
• Discussion of Senior Project Sites
• A Servant's Heart
• Spiritual Works of Mercy
• The Beatitudes- as Applied to Me
• The effects of a consumer society
• Breaking through my selfish nature
• The Ecumenical Way of Life
• Care for God's Creation- i.e.. Me
• Solidarity
• Senior Project- Impact on Me
• How has my family molded me? Breaking habits and maintaining them 
• Senioritis- The Struggle is Real! Finishing Strong
• Who do I aim to be? 
• Leaving the Nest- Anxiety of Moving
• Combating Peter Pan Syndrome
• How Will My Relationship with My Family Change? 
• Planning for Temptation
• Growing Spiritually - Ways to get involved in your new church community
• Seeing Godly Opportunities
• Lifelong Learner
• Making Meaningful Relationships-Getting Along with Roommates
• Lives of the Saints- A Call to Sainthood
• How to Say No and Still have a good time
• A personal Mission Statement
• How have my choices up until now- led me where I am today? 
• The Path to My Future
• Go Forth- What have I learned at Jesuit?