A Mental Health Counselor is available to all students as part of our social and emotional wellness program. Counselors identify and address problems before they escalate or become chronic, and provide intensive, data-driven services for individual students as needed. They often see students as part of their individual educational plan and may work on areas such as trauma, social deficits, problem solving, and coping strategies. Services focus on how students’ behavior and mental health impacts their ability to be successful in school. Our counselor’s expertise includes but is not limited to classroom and behavior management, individual and group counseling, learning disabilities, school safety, crisis response, effective discipline, cultural competence, and consultation with educators, families, and community providers.
Our transition teachers and therapists work with the students to identify specific vocational goals to determine whether a community-based work experience is a necessary service for the student to achieve an employment outcome in competitive integrated employment or supported employment. Community-based work experiences allow our students to explore potential careers related to the specific vocational goal, potential workplace environments, demands, and other aspects of work. These experiences provide the student opportunities to gain knowledge of a particular job skill, or to learn the culture of day-to-day employment. Students are also provided with the opportunity to visit colleges, take college preparatory classes and engage in discussions with a variety of professionals related to their career interests. Our program focuses on the idea that it is essential that students with disabilities, along with family members and professional support staff, examine numerous and challenging programs to prepare students and youth with disabilities for their desired post-school goals.