The goal of your Van Buren County High School counselor is to work cooperatively with students, parents, teachers, staff and the community to create a safe environment which facilitates optimal lifelong opportunities that meet the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual needs of ALL students.
Focus of Counseling Services
The Counseling Department at VBHS focuses on promoting student development in three major domains: academic development, social and emotional development, and college and career readiness.
- Implement strategies and activities to support and maximize each student's ability to learn
- Identify programs available to students and the requirements for participation in those programs
- Help students adjust to school
- Help students with time-management
- Consult with teachers on ways to improve student academic achievement
Social and Emotional Development
- Help students discover their strengths and weaknesses in relation to school performance
- Help students learn to manage emotions
- Help students learn and apply appropriate interpersonal skills
College and Career Readiness
- Help students understand the connection between school and the world of work
- Help students develop post-secondary education and career aspirations
- Help students make a successful transition from school to post-secondary education and the workforce
Counselors meet with students in a one-on-one capacity when the student or an adult requests a meeting. These meetings are confidential (unless safety is a concern) and are to discuss issues such as academics, problem solving, goal setting, personal problems affecting school, and other issues that be impacting student learning. Counseling sessions are generally brief, but a counselor may suggest parents seek on-going counseling with a counseling profession in the community. School counselors are not license therapist and therefore, we do not provide long-term counseling to students.
Small groups are formed when a common need surfaces for a small group of students. Examples: Resolving a conflict among a group of students, goal setting, adjusting to middle school, etc. Participating in small groups can help students relate with other students who face similar challenges.
Counseling Service Delivery
Counselors deliver their programs in various ways. Services are provided in individual and group settings when students need help in any of the three areas of emphasis. The student, parent or faculty member who sees the need for a particular issue to be addressed may initiate these services.
Counselors also meet with individual students or in groups to help students make decisions about career and educational planning.
Counselors support the overall school program by designing and coordinating activities necessary for the effective implementation of the school's counseling program. Such activities include, but are not limited to: membership on the Counseling Advisory Committee, providing for the academic placement of students in classes, organizing guest speakers and activities to help promote academic, social and emotional, and college and career development among students.