Counseling

The Holy Ghost Prep Counseling Services begin with 9th grade and extend through 12th grade 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.

Holy Ghost Prep Counseling Presents

Columbia Lighthouse Project - Identify Risk, Prevent Suicide

For School Administrators, Counselors, Mental Health Providers and Faculty

In-service
October 19, 2018

When: 
Friday, October 19, 2018 
12:30PM to 2:00PM
 
Registration Deadline:
October 12, 2018
 
Program Fees:
Free for Mental Health Providers, Counselors and Faculty
 
Where: 
Holy Ghost Preparatory School -  Frederico Theater in the Holt Center
2429 Bristol Pike 
Bensalem, PA 
 
Parking at the Holt Center or across the street in the Fieldhouse parking lot. 
Holy Ghost Preparatory School is proud to announce a free in-service opportunity on The Columbia Protocol, also known as the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS), which supports suicide risk assessment through a series of simple, plain-language questions that anyone can ask. The answers help users identify whether someone is at risk for suicide, assess the severity and immediacy of that risk, and gauge the level of support that the person needs. 
 
 
The workshop will cover
  • How screening with the C-SSRS can be used to identify at-risk youth.
  • Describe how schools that utilize a systemic best practice measurement, the C-SSRS, to identify suicidal ideation and behavior results in improved identification.
  • Learn the types of suicidal ideation and the four behaviors that are predictive of imminent risk.

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

Assistant Director of Counseling
215-639-2102 ext. 270
THE ROLE OF COUNSELOR

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.

COUNSELING TASKS:
  • 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 personÕs 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
CONSULTATION TASKS:
  • 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 on-going 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
FACILITATION TASKS:
  • 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