National School Counseling Week

National School Counseling Week 2018, "School Counseling: Helping Students Reach for the Stars," will be celebrated February 5-9 to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. schools. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. National School Counseling Week is always celebrated the first full week in February.

Source:  American School Counselor Association. "National School Counseling Week"

Totino-Grace school counselors take this opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge their profession and thank students, staff, administrators, parents, and the broader community for supporting the work they do each day.

What Do Totino-Grace School Counselors Do?

TG counselors meet with students and parents, support academic and social/emotional success, and provide college and career planning services. They partner with parents, teachers, and administrators  in prusuit of each child's unique educational, mental, or physical health needs through annual self-discovery and planning meetings. Click HERE to learn more about the four-year conseling program at Totino-Grace.

School counselors provide individual support to students through student-driven needs of personal and social challenges and crisis response servcies.

Counselors offer a Freshman Passages seminar program each year with ninth grade students. The intention of the curriculum ins to support students by proactively addressing topics that will aid in the high school transition experience like organization skills, college fit factors, personal strengths awareness, and developing healthy relationships and communication. Click HERE to visit our Passages page to learn more.

School counselors coordinate and lead topical small groups on a variety of topics including depression, anxiety, and transition to TG.

Counselors implement school-wide mental health and chemical health education to ensure students build awareness and become leaders of supporting their own well-being and promoting healthy habits to their peers.

The counseling staff directs students in academic course planning and career exploration throughout high school.

Collaborating with TG's College and Career Director, school counselors host exciting opportunities for students and parents like the annual college fair, sophomore career day, and junior post-high kick off event.

Totino-Grace has a robust College Counseling program. With three licensed School Counselors and a Director of College and Career Planning, the department is able to provide students and parents personalized service through the college planning process. The team takes a four-year approach. In 9th and 10th grade, the focus is on students understanding their learning style and academic strengths--as well as exploring careers that match their skills and interests. In 11th grade the focus is on exploring colleges, visiting campuses, figuring out the right college fit, and preparing for and taking the ACT. By senior year students are ready to apply to colleges and seek out scholarships.

TG counselors have individual planning meetings with students and parents, and give classroom presentations and large group presentations on a variety of topics. In addition, Totino-Grace hosts a College Application Boot Camp each August, take students on campus tours of area colleges, and take students to the National College Fair. The annual Totino-Grace College Fair has doubled in size in the past three years with 80 colleges now in attendance.
For the second consecutive year, Totino-Grace school counselors have trained and partnered with metro Catholic high schools to train teams of faculty and staff members in Critical Incident Stress REsponse which is a research drive approach to community-wide stress response.


Totino-Grace vs National Counselor Ratios

The recommended national ratio of school counselors to students is 250:1. Totino-Grace boasts an average of 245:1 which is dramatically better than the state average of 799:1! 

Totino-Grace works to provide its students a comprehensive program similar to the ASCA national model, a feat that less than a handful of publics schools in Minnesota are able to provide their students due to limited resources. This includes:

  • Direct student services (personal, one-on-one meetings)
  • School Counseling Core Curriculum: structured lessons designed to help students attain the desired competencies and provide all students with the knowledge, attitudes and skills appropriate for their developmental level
  • Individual student planning: ongoing, systematic activities designed to assist students in establishing personal goals and developing future plans
  • Responsive services: activities designed to meet students’ immediate needs and concerns, including individual, small group or crisis response
  • Indirect student services: services on behalf of students as a result of the school counselors’ interaction with others including outside resources, parents, teachers, administration and community


What Do TG Counselors Have To Say?  

Meet our School Conselors! 

“Growing up is never easy and we all could use a hand. The opportunity to walk with students in moments of joy, while facing intense stress, or through heartache is both a privilege and an honor. I truly love supporting our student’s growth and being able to see the world through their eyes - it gives me so much hope and optimism for our future!” - Joe Morcomb 

“I became a school counselor to help students reflect and grow through the joys and challenges of adolescence.  The best part of my job is seeing students grow, learn more about themselves and head off into the world prepared & confident.” - Julie Jackson 

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