The Holy Ghost Prep Counseling Services begin with ninth grade and extend through graduation. Services are available to all students, parents and school staff in a variety of settings and are developmental, preventative, and remedial in nature. Counseling services and guidance programs are vital components of the educational process which enable students to assess their needs, recognize their abilities, and formulate strategies to achieve their potential in a community dedicated to academic excellence and generous service to the poor.

Dr. Aaron Pollock
Director of Counseling
215-639-2102 ext. 243

Assistant Director of Counseling
215-639-2102 ext. 270

Counseling is a helping process in which the school counselor provides a safe, nurturing environment. By establishing a trusting, confidential working relationship, students can share their feelings and develop positive solutions to personal issues. Often, the focus is on problem solving, decision making and discovering personal meaning related to learning and development. Parents, teachers, school principals, and students can initiate a referral to the school counselor.

  • Advocate for students
  • Listen to students, assess their needs and develop realistic interventions
  • Provide short-term personal and crisis counseling in individual and group settings
  • Help students to cope with social/emotional pressures, set realistic goals, and become responsible young adults
  • Help students to understand and accept their capabilities, limitations, and learning style, and to assess their overall needs
  • Report and/or refer a case when a person's welfare is in jeopardy
  • Assist students with transition issues and orientation (moving from one school to another, adjusting to a new grade and peers)
  • Develop a network of community referral agencies and therapists to provide services to individual students
  • Make referrals for long-term or specialized therapy and act as school liaison
  • Work with the police department, hospital personnel, the Department of Social Services and court systems, when necessary
  • Provide parent and faculty education
  • Channel concerns to the appropriate school personnel
  • Provide professional expertise to staff, parents, and the community
  • Assist in the identification of problems that arise in school which are not always recognized at home, and help provide recommendations that lead to solutions
  • Make formal observations of students
  • Assist with classroom and behavior management issues
  • Provide ongoing feedback to parents and teachers concerning individual student's counseling needs
  • Develop educational strategies with school personnel and community mental health specialists to meet the needs of individual students who are experiencing difficulties
  • Conduct and/or refer for ability and standardized testing
  • Advocate for appropriate student placement
  • Design and teach a comprehensive guidance curriculum addressing the developmental needs of all students
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the counseling services and guidance curriculum and seek ways to improve them
  • Promote an awareness of counseling services and provide information about guidance curriculum within the school and community
  • Chair school meetings with teachers, parents and students