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Counseling Department

Welcome to the Metro North Counseling Department!  Mr. McWithey, Counselor

Q.  What does a School Counselor/Social Worker do?

A. Listen to students and take their concerns seriously in a supportive, safe and non-judgemental relationship. To help children clarify problems, perception, behavior, and emotional feelings. To teach children that choices have consequences. Help children learn from their mistakes so they do not repeat the mistaken behaviors and to recognize other effective choices. To help children develop self-discipline. To support children during times of crisis. To consult with teachers and parents. To provide classroom guidance in social skills, life skills and conflict resolution.

Counseling is not a quick fix, not the counselor "fixing" the student (or teacher or parent), not shared with others (counseling is confidential), or not disciplinary!

I.C. 20-6.1-6-15 protects from disclosure privileged or confidential communications made by a student to a school counselor in his/her role as a school counselor.   A school counselor cannot be made to disclose communications made to him/her in this protected relationship unless the student consents to the disclosure except as provided under
I.C. 31-6-11-8 (the compulsory reporting of child abuse).

" I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble." - Helen Keller

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