Fordham Prep's comprehensive counseling program is an integral part of the overall educational program. It is delivered by professional counselors who have education and expertise in a variety of fields including mental health, education, college admissions, college residential life and substance use. In addition, the department includes a clinical team with a school psychologist, social worker and substance abuse prevention specialist who work directly with the school counseling team, students, faculty/staff and families to provide education, support and services.
The majority of the School Counselors’ time is spent providing direct services to students, ensuring that all students benefit from the program, not just a few. Furthermore, students work with the same school counselor over the course of their four years. In addition, students are assigned their College Counselor for their junior and senior years.
Group Counseling, the core component of the program, is a scheduled class that meets regularly in small groups in every grade level. The curriculum is structured, developmental and preventative, allowing the counselors to address the students’ various needs.
In addition, school counselors meet with students individually to address important issues including transition to the community, academic progress and performance, course planning and selections, educational and career goals, and personal, emotional and social experiences.
Other counseling services include support groups, guest speakers and special programs for students and parents/caregivers on a variety of important topics. Family consultations, crisis intervention and referrals are provided by request and as needed.