Lower/Middle School Counselor (Grades: PreK-8)
PA Certified School Counselor
MS Counseling and Human Relations, Villanova University
610-527-3915 (Ext. 219)
Guidance counselors are vital members or the education team as they help in all areas of development: academic, personal/social, and career, assisting each to become responsible, contributing members of society. Counselors help students grow personally and socially by facilitating them to develop self-knowledge, appreciate diversity, make effective decisions, develop relationship skills, learn to make healthy choices, accept responsibility and resolve conflicts. Moreover, counselors are accountable for assisting and advocating for the following constituent groups: students, parents, faculty, and community members.
The lower and middle school developmental counseling curriculum at Sacred Heart is based on the American School Counselor Association’s national standards and is aimed to assist all students in achieving a positive, healthy outlook towards themselves and others. The program is infused throughout the entire school curriculum and is comprehensive in scope, preventative in design, and developmental in nature. Ultimately, students will acquire the attitudes, knowledge and interpersonal skills that contribute to effective learning in school and across the lifespan.
As part of the school counseling program, developmental guidance classroom lessons are based upon Second Step: A Violence Prevention Curriculum. This curriculum helps schools and families encourage children to think about other's feelings, solve problems cooperatively, and manage their anger in a positive way. The Second Step program for grades K-5 is divided into three units: Unit I: Empathy Training, Unit II: Impulse Control and Problem Solving, and Unit III: Anger Management.
The curriculum for grades 6-8 addresses the issue of interpersonal violence among adolescents. It is designed to reduce their impulsive and aggressive behavior and increase their level of social competence through empathy training, interpersonal problem solving, behavioral skills training, and anger management.
Here at Sacred Heart, confidential individual and group counseling is available for all students. If a student desires the services of the counselor, she may ask permission from her teacher and visit the counselor immediately or schedule an appointment. In partnership with other educators, parents and community members, school counselors support the educational system to ensure all students at Sacred Heart are prepared with the knowledge and skills to function in a changing society.