School Counseling

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The West Hartford School Counseling Program is based on the belief that every student is important and unique. Our mission is to guide all students toward the best possible educational opportunities in a supportive environment while promoting an understanding of self and others.

School counselors strive to provide students with the necessary skills to become productive and healthy citizens. The School Counseling Program is developmental by design, focusing on needs, interests, and issues related to various stages of student growth in three domains: personal/social, academic, and career/post-secondary planning. School Counselors are here to support all students to succeed in school.

Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s school counselor with any questions or concerns that may arise during the school year.

School Counselors are assigned by the first letter of a student's last name. We are here to provide individual and group counseling, teach developmental lessons to promote the social/emotional, career and academic growth of students, and to act as a resource for students, staff, guardians, and the school community.

Services students with last names beginning with: A-K

Megan Johnson

School Counselor

Services students with last nameS beginning with: L-Z

Brenda McKeown

School Counselor

Who are school counselors?

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What do we do?

School Counselors provide planned experiences that promote student academic, social-emotional and college/career development. These experiences are provided through both Direct and Indirect services and define the role of the school counselor.  

Direct Services are face to face interactions between the counselor and students.

Examples include:

  • Individual and Group Counseling.
  • Individual Student Planning Activities.
  • Classroom Lessons.
  • Transition Programs.
  • Responsive Services.

Indirect Services are interactions the counselor has with others on behalf of students.

Examples include:

  • Advocacy to ensure student access to
  • Consultation with parents, school-based personnel and outside providers.
  • Collaboration within and outside the school community.
  • Program coordination, management and delivery.
  • Leadership initiatives to enhance student learning and promote healthy development.
Sources:
American School Counselor Association (2012). The ASCA National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs  
Third Edition. Alexandria, VA: Author

Statement of Confidentiality

School Counselors adhere to the American School Counselor Association Ethical Standards with respect to confidentiality:

  • “Keep information confidential unless legal requirements demand that confidential information be revealed or a breach is required to prevent serious and foreseeable harm to the student.”
  • “Recognize their primary ethical obligation for confidentiality is to the students but balance that obligation with an understanding of parents’/guardians’ legal and inherent rights to be the guiding voice in their children’s lives.”
  • “Promote the autonomy of students to the extent possible and use the most appropriate and least intrusive method to breach confidentiality, if such action is warranted.”