HHS  
 
Guidance Counselor Assignments
Social Emotional, and Personal Support

The high school years represent an educational turning point in the lives of students. Students are preparing for postsecondary options, which include college, vocational training, work or the military. Career guidance, academic planning and 21st Century Skill integration are critical to help all students’ transition to the world after high school. Parents, family members, peers and school influence these students. Amid the turbulence and growth, high school youth balance continued parental involvement and dependence with the need to become independent thinkers. Amid the typical challenges of adolescent development some students may also face obstacles such as substance abuse, depression/anxiety, peer/dating conflict and issues related to self-harm, suicide and dating/family abuse. Over the course of the high school years these struggles create a personal challenge for all individuals as they formulate a stable sense of identity.

The guidance office at Hanover High School is charged with meeting those student social-emotional needs while also maintaining all student records, documenting graduation credit accrual, and tracking graduation requirements, as well as dealing with data recording, transmission and documentation of all data accurately and efficiently.

In addition to working with all students to promote academic success and assisting in developing a meaningful plan for life after high school, counselors help students balance all aspects of their lives in order to support personal growth. The school has on staff an adjustment counselor available for students' personal counseling. We hope these resources below may be of help in supporting our students and families alike.

 
Resources
  • www.stopbullying.gov
    Offers information on state policies and laws, what parents and the community can do, ways to prevent bullying and get help.

  • www.ahealthythyme.com
    Has informative, brief, interactive quizzes; quick reads on various/numerous health topics – helpful for teens and adults.

  • www.massgeneral.org/schoolpsychiatry
    Provides effective tools/strategies for parents, teachers and clinicians in their work with adolescents. 

  • www.learn2cope.com
    A great website for parents and families of a loved one dealing with addiction

  • www.aacap.org
    Provides , through The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Click on “Facts for Families” and be provided “concise and up-to-date information on issues that affect children, teenagers and their families”.

  • www.yellowpagesforkids.com
    Finding services for kids with disabilities; including psychologists, parent support groups, tutors, educational consultants, and health care specialists, to name a few.

  • www.scit.org
    Helps find a local therapist to fulfill your counseling needs. You may cross-reference important features of each clinician such as: what insurances are accepted, areas of expertise, types of therapy provided, individual and group therapies, locations and phone numbers.

  • www.nostigma.org
    This site for the National Mental Health Awareness Campaign, is dedicated to battling the stigma, shame, and myths surrounding mental disorders that prevent so many people from getting the help they need.

  • www.hellogrief.org
    Provides a place to share about grief and loss for everyone. Includes articles, blogging and resources.

  • www.empoweredteensandparents.com
    Provides information and resources for teenage girls and parents on lifting self esteem

  • www.kidshealth.org
    Provides information and resources on children's health and development for parents, kids and teenagers.