School counseling is a way to reach a diverse student set, to help students meet their potential and have an impact on their learning in a way they may not receive in a traditional face-to-face school environment.
Therapists at EPCC provide counseling support related to academic progress that have been deemed necessary for a student to benefit from his or her education.
These supports can at times help with increased academic performance and engagement in academic activities, improved attendance, and fewer disruptions of the learning environment.
Counseling and Guidance may include educational and personal counseling in a one-to-one and/or group setting. Therapeutic interventions will be provided to promote academic functioning.
The therapist will gather information regarding the student’s strengths, challenges, developmental history, school history, and how that relates to current educational functioning. Information from school records, health care providers, previous mental health providers, and educational staff will also be incorporated.
EPCC employs mental health therapists to provide a range of mental health supports to students. Our professionals are trained according to stringent professional criteria. Teachers and parents are often in a position to observe changes in a student’s behaviors that may be a cause for concern.
Some behaviors include:
Skipping school or missing classes/assignments
Difficulty in getting along with family or friends
Mood swings or often appearing “down”
Changes in dress or appearance
Decline in grades
Preferring to be alone
Not sleeping or sleeping too much
Talking about death or hurting oneself, others
Loss of interest in activities/hobbies
Frequently irritability or anger
Use of alcohol or drugs
Change in eating habits