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Mental Health Counseling

Our guidance team is available during the school day for any student who may be struggling with a variety of stressors.  Students are free to seek out a counselor at any time during the school day.  We encourage parents to share concerns they may have regarding their child with her/his respective counselor, which will better help us to serve the student.

Social and Emotional Support

  • Mental health programming focused on relevant topics throughout the year
  • Crisis intervention for immediate concerns and emergencies
  • Short-term counseling support
  • Collaboration with teachers, parents and staff regarding student concerns
  • Referral and collaboration with outside agencies

Confidentiality

Because counseling is based on a trusting relationship between the school counselor and student, information shared by the student will be kept confidential except in certain situations where confidentiality is limited.  Under the following circumstances, school counselors are required to share information with others and break student confidentiality:

  1. The student is presenting information about harming himself or another person
  2. There is evidence or disclosure of past/current neglect or abuse (physical, sexual, and/or emotional)
  3. There is a threat to school safety
  4. The presenting information will dramatically impact the well-being of the greater Dominican community

Counselors may share information with parents/guardians, teachers and/or administrators on a need to know basis so that efforts can be coordinated to best support the student.  Parents have the right to know about their child’s general progress and are entitled to any and all information regarding academics (homework, test performance, grades, etc.).

Mental Health Resources

  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)
  • Crisis Text Line: Text 741741 to immediately be connected with a counselor in a time of crisis. www.crisistextline.org
  • REDgen provides local mental health education, awareness, and resources. https://www.redgen.org/
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) provides awareness, support and education surrounding mental illness. https://www.nami.org/

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