School Counseling

What is a School Counselor?

Fun fact: the title “guidance counselor” has faded in our society due to the rigorous training and overall focus on mental health, combined with the social/emotional skill set that they possess to counsel students.  School counselors are certified, experienced educators with a master’s degree in school counseling. School counselors are actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents; working in a partnership with parents and outside providers; focusing on positive ways to enhance students’ academic, career and social/emotional development; and working with teachers to provide a system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic and optimistic aspirations for themselves. The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of the total educational program. “School counselors work with all students to remove barriers to learning by addressing students’ academic concerns, career options and social/emotional skills,” (Jill Cook, ASCA executive director).

What is a School Social Worker?

School Social Workers are trained mental health professionals who can assist with mental health concerns, behavioral concerns, positive behavioral support, academic, and classroom support, consultation with teachers, parents, and administrators as well as provide individual and group counseling/therapy. School Social Workers promote a school climate and culture conducive to learning; and maximize access to school- and community-based resources, as well as promote equity, inclusiveness and tolerance for all.

Darcy Baran

Director of School Counseling

Grades 7-11, last names L-Z & all 12th grade students

860-455-9584 ext. 4006

Madison Newman

School Counselor

Grades 7-11, last names A-K

860-455-9584 ext. 4005

Kathleen Svedarsky

School Social Worker

860-455-9584 ext. 4010