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School Counseling

Counseling services

Welcome! The school counseling program at Central Intermediate is available for all students to assist them in achieving success. School counseling seeks to remove any barriers to a student’s learning and development. Personal and social issues, as well as academic and career needs are addressed through individual counseling, small groups, and in-classroom lessons. If your child needs to see a school counselor please fill out this form

Classroom Lessons

Classroom lessons address academic, personal/social, and career aspects of students’ development. The lessons may focus on goal-setting, cooperation, kindness, diversity and culture, respect, bullying, responsibility, and career exploration.

Group Counseling

Small group counseling helps students build skills in relation to a particular issue over several weeks. Small Groups consist of:
  • Academic Assistance (Organization, study skills, coping with stress) 
  • Grief Group (coping with the loss of a loved one)
  • Girls in Progress (year long group focusing on healthy relationships, emotional well being and self-esteem)
  • Changing Families (parents' divorce and/or separation)
  • Student Ambassadors (Peer Tutoring, helping and orienting new students, helping to promote a positive school environment)

Individual Counseling

Mrs. Krouse is always available for individual counseling for students in need of support.  Individual counseling may be needed just once, or more regularly. 

Individual Counseling and Group Counseling will be determined by a Needs Assessment given at the beginning of the year, and will be reassessed throughout the entire school year. As a professional school counselor, I adhere to the American School Counselor Association’s Code of Ethics. Counseling sessions are confidential unless I believe there is a threat of harm.

Collaboration and Consultation       

School counselors work closely with parents, guardians, teachers and school staff, and the community to find ways to best support students’ success. We are fortunate to work with organizations such as Pathways of Central Ohio, Ohio Health and Licking Health America of Licking County to support us in our Group Counseling.  


Click below for more information regarding student scheduling:
2022-23 6th Grade Elective Form
Review our fifth/sixth grade parent information and scheduling meeting. 

Hanging With Hank

I am excited to announce our Therapy Dog program here at Central Intermediate.  As part of my counseling services, I am introducing a member to the small support groups as well as individual counseling. Hank has worked with students in grades 6-8 for the past 3 years. He will now be at Central Intermediate working with students in grades 5 and 6. Hank is part of the International Therapy Dog Program. He will be here to help with some specialized small groupings and working with students individually.

Hank is a 90 pound, seven year old, Golden Retriever. He currently has his K-9 Good Citizen Award as well as his Advanced K-9 Good Citizen Award. He has completed his official Therapy Dog Training and is currently a Therapy Dog at Mount Carmel Saint Ann’s. He does weekly visits to the Oncology and Palliative Care Units.  Research has shown that therapy dogs can provide a calming atmosphere promoting positive emotional regulation, behaviors and social interactions. Hank’s handler is Pam Rippl, who is a retired teacher from Gahanna and who currently holds a current K-8 teaching certificate. Hank will always be with his handler in the Counselor’s office.

Hank will only be seeing students who have qualified for specific small group settings.  Groups will be formed based on student’s needs, which will be completed by a Student Needs Assessment. Parents of the students involved in the small groups will be notified by the counseling department if they qualify for a small group with Hank in attendance. This will give the parents an opportunity to approve/disapprove their child’s participation. Groups will begin in September and run throughout the year.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Counseling Department.

Contact Information

Mrs. Amber Krouse
School Counselor
Room 260
(740) 927-3365 ext. 30260


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4101 Summit Road Pataskala, OH 43062
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4000 Mink Street Pataskala, OH 43062
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Central Intermediate (5-6)

6565 Summit Road Pataskala, OH 43062
P: 740-927-3365 | F: 740-927-5845

South Elementary (1-4)

6623 Summit Road Pataskala, OH 43062
P: 740-964-1674 | F: 740-964-1625

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1490 Climbing Fig Blacklick, OH 43004
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6507 Summit Road Pataskala, OH 43062
P: 740-927-3268 | F: 740-927-5736

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6565 Summit Road Pataskala, OH 43062
P: (740) 927-3268

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