Education can quickly become secondary to students due to life situations beyond their control. Counseling has always been a critical Street School program. The founders realized that if the student’s personal and emotional problems were not addressed, then the ability to focus on academics would continue to be affected.
Every student is assigned a counselor at Street School. The five Street School counselors are licensed therapists and meet with their respective students daily. Each school day begins in “homeroom” where counselors briefly meet with their assigned students. Counselors are there to determine if any student has immediate needs that must be addressed. Students meet regularly for crisis intervention, individual and group psychotherapy and participate in group counseling. Family counseling is offered continuously as needed, and a parent support group is offered as well. Students and families placed on our waiting list are offered resources to additional services.
Counselors manage several groups to meet different needs of students. Some of these groups include:
- Women’s Issues – designed for female students who have been or who currently are in abusive situations
- Recreation – students participate in and learn about healthy activities
- Drug & Alcohol Intervention – assisting students to become clean and sober
- Drug & Alcohol Information – designed for students attempting to remain clean and sober
- HIV/AIDS Pregnancy Prevention – Red Cross trained students present information to Street School students and to other at-risk youth
- Anger Management – assists students in conflict resolution techniques
Often, the severity of a teenager’s problem is not known until sufficient time is spent in counseling. Frequently, problems will surface at this school, which have been virtually unaddressed in public schools or the student’s home. Many of the parents and families of these youth are in need of being linked with essential community social service resources. The counselors attempt to impact the entire family system in order to help reduce problematic behavior.