Individual & group counseling
Goal setting & problem solving
Orientation of new students
Parent consultation with specific student questions or concerns
Academic planning as needed
Response to Intervention Team (RtI)
Schools Counselors consult with parents, guardians, colleagues, and community agencies regarding strategies to help students and families. School Counselors serve as student advocates. Referral sources are used to address concerns such as depression, anxiety, family difficulties, violence, abuse, and suicidal ideation.
We are excited to offer a new program here at Licking Heights Central. As part of our counseling services, we are introducing a new member to our small support groups. Hank is part of the International Therapy Dog Program. He will be here to help with our specialized small groupings. Hank is a 90 pound, two 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 East Hospital. 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 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 were 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. Groups will begin in September and run throughout the year.