MJHS Counseling Department 2017-18
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Today's young people are living in an exciting time, with an increasingly diverse society, new technologies and expanding opportunities. To help ensure that they are prepared to become the next generation of parents, workers, leaders and citizens, every student needs support, guidance and opportunities during childhood, a time of growth and change. Children face unique and diverse challenges, both personally and developmentally, that have an impact on academic achievement.
Middle School Students Developmental Needs
Middle school is an exciting, yet challenging time for students, their parents, and teachers. During this passage from childhood to adolescence, middle school students are characterized by a need to explore a variety of interests, connecting their learning in the classroom to its practical application in life and work; high levels of activity coupled with frequent fatigue due to rapid growth; a search for their own unique identity as they begin turning more frequently to peers rather than parents for ideas and affirmation; extreme sensitivity to the comments from others; and heavy reliance on friends to provide comfort , understanding and approval.
Meeting the Challenge
Middle school counselors are professional educators with a mental health perspective who understand and respond to the challenges presented by todays diverse student population. Middle school counselors do not work in isolation; rather they are integral to the total educational program. They provide proactive leadership that engages all stakeholders in the delivery of programs and services to help students achieve success in school. Professional school counselors align the schools mission to support the academic achievement of all students as they prepare for the ever-changing world. This mission is accomplished through the design, development, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive, developmental and systematic school counseling program. The ASCA National Standards in the academic, National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs, with its data driven and results-based focus serves as a guide for todays school counselor who is uniquely trained to implement this program.
MJHS Counseling Program
School Counseling Curriculum
- Academic skills support
- Organizational, study and test-taking skills
- Education in understanding self and others
- Coping strategies
- Peer relationships and effective social skills
- Communication, problem-solving, decision-making and conflict resolution
- Career awareness, exploration and planning
- Multicultural/diversity awareness
Individual Student Planning
- Goal-setting/ decision-making
- Academic planning
- Career planning
- Education in understanding of self, including strengths and weaknesses
- Transition planning
- Individual and small group counseling
- Individual/family/school crisis intervention
- Peer facilitation
- Consultation/ collaboration
- Professional development
- Consultation, collaboration and teaming
To contact MJHS Counselor:
Mrs. Kelli Zitzke, LPC
815-645-2230 (Ext.) 4211