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School Counselors

Our mission as school counselors is to promote academic achievement, personal and social growth, and career exploration to empower all students to reach their full potential. Counselors design and implement comprehensive programs within their schools that are data-driven and results-focused, and work with students through individual meetings, small groups and classroom settings.

Effective school counseling programs provide increased student achievement, post-secondary school enrollments, improved attendance and test scores and higher academic grades. Please contact your student’s school for more information.

Academic Achievement
Working with students, parents and teachers to help students identify and address possible barriers to academic achievement. 

Personal/Social Emotional Growth
Working with classrooms or individual students for periodic individual and group counseling.

Career Exploration
Supporting exploration of career paths by helping students understand the connection between school and the world of work and planning for a successful transition from school to postsecondary education and/or the world of work and from job to job across the lifespan.

Secondary Counseling:

Licensed middle and high school counselors provide support for the needs of all students in the areas listed below and follow guidelines established by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA).

  • Academic support and guidance
  • Career exploration
  • College planning
  • Personal and social development
  • Chemical counseling
  • Community resource referrals
  • Credit recovery advisement
  • Crisis intervention counseling
  • Individual counseling
  • Goal setting
  • Mental health referrals
  • Staff and parent consultation
  • Student disability support
  • Support groups

School Counselor Internship

Are you a student interested in participating in a school counseling internship? We can help! There are opportunities available in District 196 for aspiring school counselors. Please contact contact Mark Parr for more information.


Our Counseling Team

District Office

Stephanie Ochocki
Phone: 651-423-7630