South Behavioral Health Team
Behavioral Health Team Vision and Mission
South Middle School Counseling Department’s vision is to empower our pack by providing all students with social/emotional, academic, and career and college skill development.
Our empowered South School Counseling Department creates a comprehensive school counseling program grounded in equitable practices that support everyone. We do this by providing individual, small group, and classroom counseling support and skills development grounded in evidence-based approaches. We promote South STRONG Values and encourage our students to LEARN, INSPIRE, AND LEAD.
School Counseling Team
How School Counselors Support Students
What is a school counselors role?
As school counselors we meet the needs of ALL students through academics, social/emotional support, and career knowledge and supports. Please visit our other pages to know specific ways we support students at South Middle School.
Some of the ways we support students include (ASCA, 2020):
Individual student academic planning and goal setting
School counseling classroom lessons based on student success standards
Short-term counseling to students
Referrals for long-term support
Collaboration with families/teachers/ administrators/community for student success
Advocacy for students at individual education plan meetings and other student-focused meetings
Data analysis to identify student issues, needs and challenges
Exceptional Student Services Team (ESS)
How the ESS Team Supports Students
It is imperative that each student with a disability be held to high expectations and provided with unique supports from all stakeholders while addressing the social-emotional, adaptive, and academic needs in order to shape a successful future.
Service providers, including our school psychologist and social workers, support students on Individual Education Plans (IEP’s) with social & emotional services, including direct and indirect mental health interventions.
Through social & emotional learning, our South students develop skills, knowledge and disposition to manage themselves and relationships with others effectively. Our ESS team helps to instill responsible decisions within our students, that are essential for personal and social well-being.
At South, we have an Affective Needs Program, which provides intensive, individualized academic and social-emotional supports for students with significant social, emotional, and behavioral challenges.