An important function of the school counseling program is to help students achieve positive personal growth by promoting the development of effective interpersonal skills, fostering self-understanding, and demonstrating respect for others and self.  Often, the focus is on problem-solving, decision-making, conflict resolution, and goal-setting. Individual counseling,  group counseling and classroom guidance activities are used to help students.  Students can make direct referrals for themselves by contacting Mrs. Crawford or Mrs. Swanseen during the school day at the Counseling Office or by emailing them directly -  Mrs. Crawford or Mrs. Swanseen
The Personal/Social Development goals relate directly to those standards established by the American Association of School Counselors (ASCA):
Standard A
Students will acquire the knowledge, attitudes and interpersonal skills to help them understand and respect self and others.
Standard BStudents will make decisions, set goals and take necessary action to achieve goals.
Standard CStudents will understand safety and survival skills.
Confidentiality Statement:   An obligation of school counselors is to maintain the confidentiality of their relationships with students.   Information that a student shares within the context of a counseling relationship will not be disclosed without the permission of the client or where necessitated.  However,  disclosures will be necessary in instances where (1) a student is a harm to self, (2) a student is being harmed, or (3) a student is a harm to others.  These reasons for disclosure also follows the guidelines and requirements of mandated reporting.    
Additional Resources:
Northern Bedford County MS/SHS Student Assistance Team
Bedford Mental Health*
       *For Crisis/Mental Health Emergency  1-866-611-6467
Personal Solutions Inc.
Yellow Ribbon Campaign




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