Hopewell High School Counseling
Welcome to Hopewell High School's School Counseling Page!
The School Counseling Staff at Hopewell High School are here to serve students. We provides developmental, proactive, and preventative services that involve a cooperative effort among students, staff members, parents, and the community. Our purpose is to empower all learners to lead satisfying and productive lives by assisting them in identifying and achieving educational, career, personal, and social goals. We are here to help by working with academic issues, educational and career planning, as well as personal concerns. Please do not hesitate to contact us.
What is School Counseling?
According the American School Counselors Association, School Counselors are uniquely qualified to work with students to address and solve academic hardships, support social and emotional growth of students and assist with career and college readiness to prepare students for the world beyond. We provide individual counseling, academic support, crisis intervention, career and college planning and student advocacy services to the entire student body.
Visit the American School Counselors Association homepage to learn more.
The Role of the School Counselor
School counselors are actively committed to helping students explore their abilities, strengths, interests, and talents as these traits relate to career awareness and development.
School counselors help parents focus on ways to further the educational, personal, and social growth of students.
School counselors work with teachers and other educators to help students explore their potential and set realistic goals for themselves.
School counselors seek to identify and utilize community resources that can enhance and compliment comprehensive school counseling programs and help students become productive members of society.
Comprehensive school counseling programs are considered an integral part of the educational process that enables all students to achieve success in school.
For more information on the role of the school counselor, please refer to "Why Secondary School Counselors?" by the American School Counselor Association.
Equal education opportunities shall be available for all students, without regard to race, national origin, gender, ethnicity, religion, disability, or marital or parental status. Educational programs shall be designed to meet the varying needs of all students.
No student, on the basis of gender, shall be denied equal access to programs, activities, services, or benefits or be limited in the exercise of any right, privilege, or advantage or denied equal access to education and extracurricular programs and activities.
School counselors recognize their primary obligation for confidentiality is to the student but balance that obligation with an understanding of the family or guardians’ legal and inherent rights to be the guiding voice in their children’s lives (ASCA Code of Ethics).
The role of the school counselor in regards to confidentiality is:
To support the students right to privacy and protect confidential information received from students, the family, guardian and staff members
To explain the meaning and limits of confidentiality to students in developmentally appropriate terms
To provide appropriate disclosure and informed consent regarding the counseling relationship and confidentiality
To inform students and the family of the limits to confidentiality when: Student poses a danger to self or others, Court ordered disclosure, Consultation with other professionals in support of the student i.e. colleagues, supervisors, treatment teams, and other support personnel
To keep personal notes separate from educational records and not disclose their contents except when privacy exceptions exist
To seek guidance from supervisors and appropriate legal advice when their records are subpoenaed
To assert their belief that information shared by students is “confidential” and should not be revealed without the student’s consent
To adhere to all laws protecting student records, health information, and special services (i.e., HIPAA, FERPA, IDEA)
Monday - Friday : 8:00am - 4:00pm