Each student at Chapel Hill Academy is assigned a counselor, and there are multiple counselors available to students throughout the school day. The program is overseen by certified school psychologist. The focus of our counseling program is to:
- Develop healthy decision making skills
- Guide students in developing social skills necessary to function successfully alongside peers, adults, and within the community
- Help build positive self esteem, self advocacy skills, communication skills, and self confidence
Often times, there are simple interventions that can be employed to deescalate a situation, and help a student regroup and move forward. All Chapel Hill Academy staff is trained in Crisis Prevention and Intervention, and teachers are well skilled in determining when a child needs assistance outside of classroom interventions. Counselors are able to work with the students to determine a course of action that is most beneficial to the student’s continued success. Counselors collaborate with teachers to implement strategies to aid in the success of each student. Students are encouraged to seek attention from their counselor, before becoming frustrated or behaving in a way that is disruptive to the educational process
Counselors provide a variety of options to guide students in making thoughtful decisions about their behavior, academic, social and emotional choices. It is this technique that provides students with control over their situations, a feeling that builds self esteem.
Group counseling consists of a small group that meets on a weekly basis, facilitated by a counselor. Decision making, relationship development, social skills, self advocacy, problem solving skills and empathy for others are some of the discussion topics.
Social Skills is infused throughout the day at Chapel Hill Academy. Situations that require adult intervention and guidance are dealt with as the situation occurs. Weekly social skills classes follow the UMDNJ Social Decision Making and Problem Solving curriculum and allow the students opportunities to role play, watch videos and interact in a fun, informal setting.
Individual counseling formally occurs when indicated in a student’s I.E.P. Informal counseling, crisis intervention, and problem solving sessions occur on a daily basis, when needed.
It is the responsibility of a school professional to report any issues regarding the health and safety of a student to the school administration, who in turn must contact the parent/guardian.
The Division of Youth and Family Services will be called if a child’s safety is in jeopardy.