STUDENT ASSISTANCE COUNSELING
WESTERN ALBEMARLE HIGH SCHOOL
Student Assistance Programs aim is to identify troubled students and connect them with the helping services available within the school and/or community. The confidential services that the Student Assistance Programs provide is based on an educational premise: Students who receive help and support to deal with pressing personal concerns will be able to focus their energy more efficiently on their schoolwork and important tasks of developing academically, socially, and emotionally.
Counseling Services : Student Assistance programs address issues such as substance abuse, tobacco use, crisis, emotional trauma, COA’s, birth control, depression, violence, sexual identity issues, parental divorce, and self-harming behaviors.
Mediation: Mediation may be provided to students in conflict as an alternative to disciplinary action. Mediation has been found to increase the student’s ability to solve problems peacefully using conflict resolution skills. When appropriate, mediations may be referred to Peer Mediators who are trained in conflict resolution.
Assessment: Any student can be referred for a confidential evaluation of possible substance abuse symptoms by the Student Assistance Counselor who works in conjunction with Region Ten Community Services Board. This assessment may result in recommendations for follow-up and treatment if necessary.
Confidentiality: All referrals remain in the strictest of confidence, this includes those who refer as well as those referred unless the student is threatening self-harm, harm to another, or is being abused.
Educational Presentations: Informational presentations can be made to classes, athletic teams, parent groups, and staff on a variety of mental health topics upon request.
Consultation: Students, teachers, administration, and parents can access this free service via telephone, e-mail, or stopping by the Student Assistance Coordinator’s office located in the Guidance Department.
Christine Lombardi, M.Ed
Student Assistance Counselor