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.
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.
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.