Most students face various challenges of varying degrees through childhood and adolescence that can potentially impact their socio-emotional well-being. At Alcuin School, we strongly believe that working through these challenges allows our students to further build resilience, independence, and self-efficacy. Occasionally, this important aspect of child development requires careful and confidential assistance. Our School Counselor, working collaboratively and confidentially with parents and faculty, is available to provide students with proper guidance and socio-emotional support in order to help them navigate these typical life challenges. This is achieved through individual and group counseling, small group discussions, planned classroom-based activities, cross-divisional social and emotional learning initiatives, and parent education and programs.
A student may be referred for counseling by the student’s parent(s), teacher, or the student, him- or herself. Counseling services are intended to provide:
• developmentally appropriate, acute counseling services for students;
• support for students’ emotional, social, and academic well-being; and
• the promotion of wellness through active listening, problem-solving, education, and referrals.
While the content of counseling services provided to students and/or families on campus is handled with utmost privacy and confidentiality, there can be exceptions, based on professional, ethical, and/or legal guidelines. In general, the overall safety and well-being of the student, his or her family, and the school community as a whole are of highest concern. More information about confidentiality and the limits therein is directly available from the School Counselor. In addition, if it is determined that a student’s needs go beyond the scope of what the school can offer, the School Counselor works proactively and collaboratively with the student’s parent(s) in providing appropriate referrals for outside counseling or other such support, as needed.