The mission of the Counseling program is to work collaboratively with students, parents, school peronnel, and community partners to address risk factors that may otherwise impede a student's success at school.
AREAS of FOCUS
The Counseling program will work in coordination with the Student Assistance Program (SAP) to foster the resilience and strenghts of the student by:
providing the support needed to resolve academic, social, or personal challenges that may stand in the way of success
providing preventive measures in regards to high risk issues such as substance abuse, violence, poor attendance, or poor academic performance
providing intervention as needed for the emotional and/or psychological welfare of the students through the use of individual or group counseling, referral services, parent/staff conferencing, and peer mediation/mentoring programs
providing opportunities for staff development to better equip teacher's to address current issues that are prevalent in the student body
Prior to beginning my work in the school system in March of '06 I spent 14 years in the counseling field and continue to maintain a part-time private practice in Mooresville. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, and Licensed School Counselor with a Masters in Counseling. I also have additional education and training in trauma based therapy and specialize in family and adolescent therapy.
My wife is also in education, teaching elementary aged students in a private setting. I have two high school aged boys and a daughter in middle school. My family's involvement in the educational system provides me with several reminders of the importance of collaboration among the students, parents, and staff. I believe strongly that family and community relationships provide the primary foundation for our youth, and that the educational system can play a vital role in supporting this foundation.
I can be reached at 704-873-2887 x15