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Counseling Program & Services


Trinity Valley School offers a high quality School Counseling Program. TVS School counselors provide emotional and social services and plan programs and speakers for the community to meet the CDC’s Mental Health and Wellness Guidelines for Schools. The CDC’s Guidelines that fall under mental health services reside in the following categories; Healthy Relationships, Mental and Emotional Health, Alcohol/Drugs and Tobacco Prevention, Violence Prevention, and Personal Safety.

Emotional and Social Services TVS Counselors provide for our students:
  • Individual meetings to talk about their personal problems and relationships.
  • A counselor who can assess and handle serious psychological and emotional problems and assist the family in getting treatment.
  • Service as a liaison with the counseling and treatment community.
  • Share with parents information on typical age-appropriate behavior and growing up issues.
  • Referral for educational testing to assess the student’s learning style, strengths and challenges. The counselor collaborates with Tina Harper, Academic Services Coordinator.
  • Training in life skills appropriate to each grade level.
  • Consultation, counseling and referral for TVS families going through divorce, grief and loss, or other stressful experiences.
  • Assistance in conflict resolution to students.
  • Guidance and information to the Parents' Club Forum on relevant topics and issues.
    The organization and presentation of preventative programs.

Mental Health Programming

Healthy Relationships

Mental and Emotional Health

Alcohol/Drugs and Tobacco Prevention,

Violence Prevention

Personal Safety

Academic Services

Academic development includes acquiring the attitudes, knowledge and skills that contribute to effective learning in school and across the life span. Strategies to achieve success such as organization, time management, study habits, critical thinking skills, and goal setting are essential. Through various activities, students will be prepared to choose from a wide range of substantial post-secondary options with an emphasis on college. Understanding the relationship of academics to the world of work is also a focus.

Curriculum Partner - House of Shine

House of Shine is a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to unearth and harness people’s talents and gifts for the greater good of their communities. Our focus is to develop confident, engaged women and children by exposing them to their SHINE (S=Strengths, H=Hobbies, I=Interests and Irritants, N=Needs, and E=Experiences).

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a School Counselor?

A. Professional School Counselors are student/family advocates who often were teachers first. Thus, they have classroom instructional experience and understand the dynamics of the school setting. School Counselor certification requires a master’s degree and rigorous training in a variety of areas. Specifically, school counselors study in-depth: legal & ethical issues in education, child development, counseling theories & methods, career development, societal & environmental factors affecting learners, and collaboration with outside professionals & resources.

What does a School Counselor do?

A. A school counselor 1) provides guidance to students through individual/group counseling and classroom guidance lessons; 2) consults with parents, school personnel, & community members to promote student success; 3) coordinates resources for students & families, which may include outside referrals; 4) advocates for a respectful learning environment which values diversity; and 5) is committed to staying current on best practices in education & adhering to professional standards of competence and practice.

Do School Counselors have professional standards or guidelines to follow?

A. Yes. A professional school counselor provides a school counseling program based on the American School Counselor’s Association (ASCA) which is comprehensive in scope, preventative in design, and developmental in nature. More information on ASCA’s National Model can be found at www.schoolcounselor.org. School counseling programs include academic, career, & personal/social domains.

Q. I’M NOT SURE I’M OKAY WITH MY Child VISITING WITH THE COUNSELOR WITHOUT MY KNOWING. HOW WILL I KNOW IF HE/she IS VISITING WITH THE COUNSELOR?

A. My philosophy is that student issues are best solved with the family involved and I encourage the students to share with their parents that they’ve met with me. Generally, if a student comes to visit me regarding a conflict with a friend, we might meet once to discuss problem solving strategies for approaching this friend and the parent most likely would not be notified. State law and professional ethics allow a school counselor to meet with a student 3 times (issue specific) prior to parental notification. If a student is in danger of being harmed or harming himself or others, I am legally obligated to share this information with the appropriate persons (parents/guardians, principal/headmaster, or state agency).

Q. WHAT IF I DISAGREE WITH WHAT THE SCHOOL COUNSELOR SAYS TO MY CHILD, OR THE COUNSELOR'S SUGGESTED RECOMMENDATIONS?

A. That is okay! The school counselor provides options and guidance that are based on her prior experience and knowledge. We all approach life differently and therefore the school counselor may have opinions that differ from your family’s philosophy. Keeping with the idea of respect for diversity, the school counselor will work with the family within their preferred religious or spiritual principles.

Q. HOW AND WHEN CAN I SPEAK WITH THE SCHOOL COUNSELOR?

A. The school counselor is available to all members of the TVS community and is a good resource for information regarding developmental milestones/phases, community resources, and support when the going gets tough. It is best to set an appointment in advance by contacting the counselor directly. Drop-ins are welcome if the counselor is available.

Meet the TEam:

counselors

KAREN PENINGER, M.ED.

Lower and Middle School Counselor (Grades K-8)
817-321-0136
peningerk@trinityvalleyschool.org

KELLIE MCLARTY, M.ED., LPC, LCDC

Upper School Counselor (Grades 9-12)

817-321-0197

mcclartyk@trinityvalleyschool.org