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School Counseling

Student Assistance Program sap
 
This program is designed to improve the quality of education in our schools by providing assistance to students troubled by mental health or drug/alcohol-related problems. Utilizing school staff and community resources, SAP focuses on identifying student behavior that adversely affects learning. SAP is coordinated by a group of concerned members of the professional staff who have received training in recognizing student behaviors that inhibit educational growth. Referrals to SAP may be made by school staff, a student’s parents, guardians, peers, by the student themselves, or any other concerned individual such as a minister, priest, or rabbi. Referrals are made when success in school is affected by personal problems and /or inappropriate behavior. Referrals are kept confidential and are made by contacting any member of the SAP Team. After receiving the referral the SAP Team collects information from the members of the professional staff who may have contact with the student. Parents are also contacted and encouraged to participate in the SAP process. An individual interview may then be conducted with the student and in some instances with his or her parents or guardians. The SAP Team might next meet with the student and his or her family to present recommendations based upon all the information which has been gathered. The SAP Team might continue to monitor and provide support for the student. Confidentiality between the student and school personnel will be respected and maintained in the best interest of the student.
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Crisis Policy
 

When the guidance staff is informed by a student or staff member of concerns regarding a student’s behaviors, comments, and/or recent mood the following procedure is followed:

    1. The counselor will meet with the informer to gather all reasons for concern. This could include conversations that they have had with the particular student, text messages, and/or photos they’ve received from them or viewed on the internet and/or social networking mediums.
    2. The counselor will meet with the student of concern individually to determine the severity, validity, and nature of the situation. During this conversation, the counselor informs the student that a phone call home needs to be made to inform their parents of the concerns that were raised. The student is present when the counselor calls the parents. If the parents are already aware of the situation and already have a plan in place to get the student assistance, then the student is dismissed back to class and the counselor follows up with them periodically as needed. If the student is found to be in a state of crisis and poses a potential risk to themselves or others, during that conversation with the parents they will be told that the student must be picked up immediately and an emergency evaluation must be completed before the student is allowed to return to school.
    3. The Director of Guidance and Assistant Principal of Student Services will be informed of the situation and outcome
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Safe to Say Initiative
 

Safe2Say Something is a youth violence prevention program run by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. The program teaches youth and adults how to recognize warning signs and signals, especially within social media, from individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others and to “say something” BEFORE it is too late. With Safe2Say Something, it’s easy and confidential to report safety concerns to help prevent violence and tragedies. Follow these steps:

 
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Individual and Group Counseling
 
The Counseling Center also offers individual and group counseling as per student's request.
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NHS TutoringNHS
 
The National Honors Society provides tutoring services to students who are in need of additional help in one or many subject areas. There is no better way to improve your grades or get help for upcoming quizzes/tests than getting tutoring from students who have already studied the same subject.
 
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Ms. Cathleen Corrigan
Director of Guidance
ccorrigan@pjphs.org
484.975.6500 ext. 3041