Counseling

All students should be provided with appropriate support and services in order to make effective progress in school, not only educationally but also socially and emotionally. The essential mission of the School Adjustment Counselors is to help sutdents make this progress as well as to work with parents, school staff, and outside providers in helping students maintain a strong mental health status. Services are available to students based on identified needs. Such needs may include disorders related to mental health, such as depression, anxiety, or other social/emotional disabilities. Services may also be provided to students who have learning difficulties or behavior related concerns. 

Overview of Service Delivery:
Direct services are based on the individual needs of students. These may include programs using cognitive behavioral therapy, Brief therapy, conflict resolution, anger management, or other psychotherapeutic techniques. Primary interventions may also include evidence-based programs such as Social Thinking, Skill-Streaming, as well as anti-bullying programs. Specific services may include the following:
  • Diagnostic assessment regarding learning and social/emotional needs completed by a School Psychologist
  • Direct service to students either individually or in a group setting
  • Consultation with parents, teachers, and staff, as well as with outside providers

Mental Health Service Providers within the SPS schools include School Adjustment Counselors and School Psychologists.

If your child is in acute distress at home and in need of immediate attention Emergency Psychiatric Services can be reached 24/7 at 978-744-1586 or 866-523-1216 through Lahey Health Behavioral Services. Emergency Rooms also provide immediate psychiatric support. 

If you or a loved one is experiencing thoughts of suicide you can also contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 24/7 1-800-273-8255.

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