The school counselor provides day-to-day services for children, including:
Helping students deal with crises in the family or at school
Helping the disaffected child learn how to fit in
Motivating students toward better academic achievement
Preventing student behavior problems in school, on the buses, and at home
Teaching students impulse control, resolving problems without violence, and solving age-related development problems
Helping students to cope with school issues relating to peers, teacher demands, school rules, and group relationships
Assisting students in preventing improper choices with regard to use of drugs, alcohol, sexual activity, and tobacco
Helping students to deal with depression and suicidal tendencies
Providing group instruction in Skills For Growing and other proven programs of high quality
Assisting parents in resolving student and family problems
For more information on Valley View Counseling services, contact Sarah Sexton, Valley View School Counselor.
Resources for Parents
Resources for Dealing with Traumatic Events in Schools (from the University of Maryland School of Medicine: Center for School Mental Health)
Talking to Children about Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers (from the National Association of School Psychologists)
PerformCare: 1-877-652-7624 - statewide referral system providing information and referral services for children and families-available 24/7.
Children’s Mobile Response & Stabilization Services: 1-877-652-7624 - intervention dispatched to crisis site within one hour of calling PerformCare, with goal of stabilizing behavior & maintaining children ages 5-18, in their home.
DCP&P (Division of Child Protection & Permanency – formerly DYFS): 1-877-652-2873 – suspected physical, sexual or emotional abuse or neglect of juvenile under the age of 18.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK - help for you or someone you care about-available 24/7.
Hunterdon Crisis Line: 908-788-6400 – if a juvenile is in need of mental health screening and/or crisis stabilization services-available 24/7.
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) - naminj.org – nonprofit organization seeking to improve the lives of all individuals affected by mental illness.
NAMI Hunterdon – namihunterdon.org – local division of above.