The School Counselor and Student Mental Health
School counselors recognize and respond to the need for mental health and behavioral prevention, early intervention and crisis services that promote psychosocial wellness and development for all students. School counselors are prepared to address barriers and to assess ways to maximize students’ success in schools, communities and their family structure by offering education, prevention, and crisis and short-term intervention until the student is connected with available community resources. (ASCA 2015)
Karla Pineda - Registrar
Myrna Gonzalez - HILT Resource Asst./Parent Liaison
What other support is available in office?
Sharen Humann, Gifted & Talented Coordinator - 703.228.5529
Sandra Stoppel, Occupational Therapist - 703.228.2343
Melissa Stone, Speech Therapist - 703.228.2349
Liska Friedman, Social Worker - 703.228.2345
Melissa Deichmann, Psychologist - 703.228.2346
The mission of the Counseling Team at Swanson Middle School is to provide a comprehensive, developmental, dynamic and responsive counseling program that supports student achievement, working collaboratively with all stakeholders to nurture a love of learning in middle school students. By addressing the individual needs of this diverse community, in terms of socio-emotional, academic and career development, school counselors create opportunities for students to have trusting relationships with at least one adult as they transition from elementary school to high school. Through proactive guidance lessons, individual and group counseling, programs and presentations, counselors equip students with the skills of self-advocacy, conflict resolution and educated decision making. Counseling initiatives promote resiliency, good character development and improved peer interactions. Counselors support the APS mission to help students transform into “productive and global citizens”.
Through programming, data collection and the delivery of services based on needs assessments, state counseling standards and aligned with the ASCA National model, the Swanson Middle School Counseling Team provides valuable support to APS’ strategic goal of “meeting the needs of the whole child.” Our collaborative efforts support Swanson’s collective goal to instill in each student a desire for “scholarship, service and spirit.”