Counseling and Student Services

Counselors provide any or all of the following services: classroom instruction, small group work, peer leadership, counseling, parent consultation, and parent programs. Counseling services include activities such as: assessment, crisis intervention, and one to one counseling. Depending upon the building needs and whether a counselor is stationed in one building or many, counselors may do all of the above activities or only one or two.

There is a strong emphasis on resiliency building and character education. Through various activities, counselors seek to assist students to:

  • identify feelings and emotions
  • deal effectively with feelings and emotions
  • develop the ability to solve problems and make good decisions
  • develop the ability to productively cope with life stressors including: loss, disappointment, peer relationships, family problems, school difficulties, or personal problems
  • develop insight into difficult situations and determine what is in their control and what is not
  • develop the ability to change bad situations into better ones
  • develop healthy alternatives for having fun
  • develop interpersonal skills
  • develop ability to work within a group
  • develop understanding, respect, and empathy for other people and systems

The “Prevention Counselors” are funded in part by OASAS. For more information about this program, please visit the OCM-BOCES website at OCM BOCES Youth Development