Counseling Services at HMS

The goal of the counseling department is to support the healthy growth and development of the total student (social, emotional, and academic) in his/ her world of school, home, and community.  This process of growth is encouraged through classroom guidance lessons, small group counseling, and individual counseling, consultation with parents and teachers, and coordination of services.

The counselors work one-on-one with students to help them resolve problems and developmental concerns enhance decision-making skills, and/or build coping skills.  This is a confidential relationship and is a short-term limited intervention (not intensive therapy).

The counselors work collaboratively with the STARS counselor to offer small groups for students.  This format uses a psycho-educational model that is student-centered and oriented toward enhancing and developing coping skills.  Some common types of counseling groups deal with divorce, friendship, self-esteem, anger, and grief or loss.  These groups are confidential in nature and require parental permission.

Plan educational lessons designed to help students understand and deal with normal developmental tasks and issues.  Examples include peer relationships, school success, career exploration, and effective communication skills.  These lessons are provided for all students through a collaborative effort by the counselor and teachers.

The counselors maintain a comprehensive list of specialists who may be helpful in the event of a concern beyond the scope of school counseling services.