Counseling

   School Counseling at CAMS  

Ways to see your School Counselor

1) Ask your teacher to visit the School Counseling Center(your teacher will either send you or send us a online referral notifying us to pull you at a convenient time)

2) Visit the Counseling Center to complete a request form with Mrs. Huffman

3) Email your School Counselor (Mr. Firebaugh: 6th grade, 7th grade A-L and Ms. Moran: 8th Grade, 7th Grade M-Z)

 4)  Fill out the online referral form below.   (Parents and students can fill this form)
School Counseling Referral Form

**In most cases, students will not miss Math, English, History, Civics, or 8th Grade Science to go to the School Counseling Office. These classes cover instruction that will be on the SOL test, and it is important that students do not miss this class material.


 


Central Academy School Counseling Center Vision(CAMS):  As professional school counselors we are dedicated to empowering every student to achieve academic success, personal and social growth, wellness and career exploration. 


CAMS School Counseling Center Mission:  Our mission is to continue to develop and deliver comprehensive school counseling program that reaches all students.  We will strive to be an integral part of our school’s overall education program.  Our aim is to foster positive and resilient psycho-social attitudes and beliefs in our students by focusing on creating awareness and skills in the areas of learning strategies, self-management skills, and social skills.  Our ultimate goal is for all of our students to make self-identified, realistic, and responsible decisions setting the stage for life-long learning and adapting to our ever changing society. 


CAMS School Counseling Program:  Services Provided


Tier 1 services:  These are services delivered to all students.  These services are designed to be comprehensive, preventative, developmental, and proactive.  Examples of Tier 1 services include:  1:1 student planning, classroom curriculum, and district and schoolwide events.  


Tier 2 services:  These are services for students who are struggling with challenges that may be in need of additional support.  Tier 2 services include conducting small groups, individual brief counseling, collaboration with school staff, parents, and other vested community members working for student success.  These supports reach around 20% of our students.  


Tier 3 services:  These services are more intensive for students that have unresolved issues from tier 2 supports and/or students in crisis.  Generally about 5- 10% of students need these supports. 


Academic Counseling

Ms. Moran and Mr. Firebaugh provide solution-focused counseling to students seeking assistance in managing middle school academic work. While middle school is a great time in a student's life, it also can be stressful with learning how to manage homework, study for tests, and balancing extra-curricular activities. Any student who seeks help for bringing up grades, studying for tests, managing homework, or needs new ideas for study skills can find help in the CAMS Counseling Office.

Other common academic problems that middle school students seek counseling help for are listed below:

  • Test Anxiety
  • Time Management (balancing homework time with personal life)
  • Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Organizational Skills
  • Study Skills
  • Assistance with communicating with teachers

Career Counseling - The Academic Career Plan

The Commonwealth of Virginia requires that every student have a completed Academic Career Plan by the end of their 8th grade year. 

Ms. Moran and Mr. Firebaugh provide developmental career guidance and counseling to every middle school student as required by the Virginia Academic Career Plan. The following explains how our students receive this service:

  • 6th Grade: Sixth Graders participate in classroom guidance through one of their Core Classes in the spring that teaches them the importance that choosing a career has on their future and quality of life. Students will take personality inventories to determine what types of careers best match their interests and skills.
  • 7th Grade: As part of their Exploratory rotations, students take a Career Exploration Class for one trimester. In this class, Seventh Graders start their Academic Career Plan. If a student takes a class (such as music) that doesn't allow them to take the Career Exploration Class in the normal exploratory rotation, then one of the school counselors meet with them as a group later in the year during their exploratory time to assist them with starting an Academic Career Plan
  • 8th Grade: The school counselors meet Eighth Grade students to assist them with completing their Academic Career Plan. Students meet individually with a school counselor and receive classroom instruction to help them update their ACP and prepare for high school course registration.  

    The Academic Career Plan then follows the student to high school.

 

Personal/Social Counseling

Many changes happen in a middle schooler's life that can cause distress personally and socially. Like any of us, when a middle schooler is stressed, this can greatly impact his/her academic performance.

Ms. Moran and Mr. Firebaugh are available to assist students with personal and social problems when they interfere with academic performance and school behavior. The following counseling activities are examples of personal and social interventions used in CAMS' Counseling Office:

  • Conflict Mediation (between students)
  • Small Group Counseling (including, but not limited to, Friendship groups, Social Skills' groups, and Anger Management groups)
  • Individual Counseling focused on developing Problem Solving skills
  • Individual Support for students struggling with Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns that may impede a student's academic performance.
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