Frequently Asked Questions
What do counselors do?
The following four components comprise our counseling and guidance program:
Guidance Curriculum: Developmental guidance counseling is presented weekly with classroom-sized groups of students utilizing curriculums designed to promote the healthy academic, social, emotional, behavioral, physical, and spiritual development of all students. Our curriculums include (and are not limited to), research based text, Growing in Love: Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Curriculum for Catholic Elementary Schools, Second Steps SEL Program, Kimochis, and REAL Essentials. These curriculums nurture student’s social-emotional development and growth.
Responsive Services: School counselors provide responsive services to students directly or in a small group counseling to address the immediate needs of those students whose personal concerns or challenges put their continued personal, social, career, or educational developments at risk. In addition to direct services provided to students, counselors consult with teachers and parents, provide referral services for students, coordinate support with other service providers, and follow-up with students to monitor their progress toward resolution of their concern(s).
Individual Planning: School Counselors will assist in helping students to understand, plan, monitor and manage their own educational, career, and personal-social development.
Systems Support: System support describes services and management activities which indirectly benefit students such as consultations with teachers and administrators on behalf of students or development of appropriate policies and procedures.
How can counseling help my child do better at school?
School counselor’s can help your child work through some of the daily challenges that may interfere with their ability to focus or be the best student they can. Some of these challenges can include, but are not limited to, friendship issues, self-esteem struggles, anger, depression, academic challenges, or even familial or spiritual struggles.
Please note that all information shared with the counselor will remain confidential unless the child shares anything that endangers themselves or others, or if the student gives permission to share, the counselor will inform parents.
What should I do if my child is experiencing a crisis outside of school hours?
If your child is in a crisis situation, please take a deep breath and refer to the list of community resources in below:
- Clarity Child Guidance Center, 8535 Tom Slick Drive, SA, TX 78229; (210) 616-0300
- Sigma Mental Health Urgent Care, 18587 Sigma Rd, Suite 260, SA, TX 78258; (210) 871-0188
- Laurel Ridge Treatment Center, 17720 Corporate Woods Drive, SA, TX 78259; (210) 491-9400
- San Antonio Behavioral Hospital, 8550 Huebner Rd, SA, TX 78240; (210) 541-5300
- Center for Health Care Services, 24/7 Crisis Number: (210) 223-7233
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
- SAMHSA's The Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990
If your child should be admitted to a mental health facility, it may be helpful to notify the school counselor to confidentially share any concerns you may have upon your child’s return to school.
What do I do if my child is being bullied?
Please contact the school directly informing the school counselor, teachers or administration as soon as possible. Anonymous bullying reports can be made via the school website. Click below to fill out the report.