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    Whitney E. Houston Academy Comprehensive School Counseling Program
     


    The comprehensive school-counseling program
     
    at Whitney E. Houston Academy is
    an integral component of the school's academic mission. 

    Your School Counseling Program Staff:
    • Magdalie Saint-Preux, School Social Worker, 973-266-5880 ext. 57315
    • Gregory Jenkins, Professional School Counselor (PSC), 973-266-5880 ext. 57314
    SCHOOL COUNSELORS/SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKERS ARE SPECIALISTS
    • School counselors/School Social Workers are child advocates who work cooperatively with the educational staff, parents, and community.
    • School counselors/School Social Workers are educational specialists who have master’s degrees in the behavioral sciences.
    • School counselors/School Social Worker assist students with their social, emotional, and educational development.
    • School counselors/School Social Workers are human resource specialists who assist students, parents, and educational staff through counseling, consultation, and coordination.
    THE SCHOOL COUNSELOR/SOCIAL WORKER WORKS WITH TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS
    • To facilitate referrals and evaluations.
    • To provide consultation concerning student’s needs
    • To facilitate parent conferences.
    • To develop an educational plan to meet the personal, social, educational, and career needs of students.
    • To work collaboratively with school psychologists, school nurses, social workers, the career educational coordinator, and the student support teams.
    THE SCHOOL COUNSELOR/SOCIAL WORKER WORKS WITH PARENTS
    • To encourage and support student achievement.
    • To assist in the interpretation of assessment data.
    • To provide family support.
    • To design an appropriate educational and career plan for the student.
    THE SCHOOL COUNSELOR/SOCIAL WORKER WORKS WITH STUDENTS
    • To provide the needed support to develop positive self-concepts and the motivation necessary for learning.
    • To develop all educational and career plan for each student which targets high school completion and the exploration of post-secondary opportunities.
    • To provide individual and group planning and counseling.
    GOALS OF SCHOOL COUNSELING
    • To assist students with educational, personal, career, and goal planning.
    • To develop personalized programs based on each student’s strengths and needs.
    • To help students understand themselves and others.
    • To assist students in identifying and dealing with problems.
    • To facilitate the identification of students with special needs.
    • To provide crisis intervention when necessary.
    • To coordinate referrals to school and community support services.
    • To serve as a resource to students, parents, teachers and administrators.
    Some Reasons To Contact The School Counselor/School Social Worker
    • Academic concerns.
    • Divorce, separation, and family changes.
    • Drug and alcohol concerns.
    • Educational and career planning.
    • Experiencing loss, death, and grief.
    • Peer relationship issues.
    • Problem solving skills.
    • School adjustment issues.
    • Stress reduction and coping skills.
    • Study skills.
    How Does A Student Meet With A School Counselor/School Social Worker
    • Appointment made by the counselor/social worker
    • Appointment made by the student.
    • Parent, Teacher, Administrator referral.