Guidance counselors at the C. J. Hooker Middle School work collaboratively with students, parents, teachers and other professionals in order to guarantee a successful middle school experience for our students and ensure success in academic, social/emotional, behavioral, and personal development.
Guidance counselors are New York State certified professionals whose role is to identify and address student needs through the use of a comprehensive school counseling program geared towards student success. In addition, guidance counselors serve as an important source of information, resources, and referrals. Students and parents are encouraged to contact their guidance counselor for assistance and to discuss any concerns that they may have, at any time.
Guidance counselors provide support in many areas, including:
- Fostering positive peer relationships
- Encouraging appropriate decision making skills
- Providing communication and conflict resolution skills
- Assisting with coping strategies and problem solving
- Encouraging self awareness and acceptance
- Teaching organizational and time management skills
- Reinforcing academic support skills
- Providing crisis intervention for students
- Acting as a liaison between school and home
Group counseling provides a unique learning opportunity for students that can help them develop strategies and coping skills to better handle problems they may encounter at school or at home. The groups are facilitated by counselors and allow students the opportunity to discuss issues affecting them with their peers in a safe environment. Groups are based on students’ interests and concerns and include:
- Family changes (separation, divorce, remarriage)
- Social skills and friendship
- Academic success skills
- Choices and decision-making
Meeting individually with a guidance counselor is an option for every CJH student. Counselors can offer insight and assistance to students in areas related to academic concerns, friends, school, and family. Counselors send out passes to meet with all students periodically throughout the year. However, if a problem arises, don’t wait for a pass! Come to the guidance office and make an appointment to speak with your counselor. Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s guidance counselor at any time to discuss their concerns and to request their child have an appointment with their counselor.
Peer Mediation is a great way for students to resolve their conflict with fellow peers. The peer mediators are students who have applied to become a mediator and have taken the peer mediation training. Peer mediators work in pairs to help fellow students resolve their conflict peacefully. During peer mediation, a guidance counselor is always present. Everything said in mediation is kept confidential. To arrange a mediation, please visit the guidance office for a mediation request form.
Submit all placement requests in writing in hard copy form. Do not submit electronically (ie: fax, email) as we will not respond to the request. Team requests are welcome; however, placement with an individual teachers and/or friends will not be honored. All requests need to be received by the guidance office by June 1.
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