Counseling Department

Our school counselors support all students at CHS with academic planning, career guidance, and personal/social support. School counselors also provide crisis intervention support at school. They can help students and families access individual mental health counseling with trained therapists, or help students connect to community resources.

CHS counselors

Meet with your school counselor

School counselors provide classroom guidance lessons in the 9th grade Health and Spartan Success classes throughout the year, and provide career guidance lessons and personal/social lessons in the 10th and 11th grades. Every student meets individually with their counselor in the spring to plan academically for the following school year. All 12th grade students can have individual sessions with their counselors to help plan their post high school experiences.

No appointment is needed during drop-in time. CHS counselors are available for drop-in visits during lunch on most days.

If you prefer to make an appointment with your counselor for a specific day or time, stop by the counseling office or contact us using the links below.

The CHS Counseling Team

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Sources of Strength - A Suicide Prevention Program

In a continuing effort to prevent suicide, particularly among young people, the Corvallis School District is implementing Sources of Strength, an evidence-based program that utilizes friends and peers in the prevention of suicide.  Sources of Strength uses a proactive model for suicide prevention. It has been recognized as a best practice by national health care agencies and is designed to strengthen peer social networks in an effort to change unhealthy norms and culture. The program empowers student peer leaders to connect with each other and staff advisors to change social norms around seeking help, and to create a culture of empowerment, hope, and gratitude. By increasing awareness, building skills, and openly addressing the issue of suicide, the district’s goal is to provide hope and strength for those who are facing personal challenges.

The District adopted the program last year, bringing in national instructors to train middle and high school staff, as well as high school students. CHS and CVHS admininistrators, counselors, staff and students were trained in April 2019.

According to Chris Hawkins, Corvallis School District Student Support Specialist, “This program will empower our students. It will give a platform for all kids to get involved in positive projects in their school community. We are grateful for funding for this program through grants from the Benton Community Foundation and Corvallis Public Schools Foundation.”

Students will focus on one of the eight sources of support highlighted in the program to develop a school-wide campaign. The strengths identified are family support, generosity, healthy activities, medical access, mental health, positive friends, mentors, and spirituality.  CHS is pleased to offer a Sources of Strength class in the Spring term, taught by Mr. Reed.

Confidentiality

Our staff counselors ascribe to the American School Counselor Association’s  (ASCA) Ethical Standards for School Counselors (2016), which may be found at www.schoolcounselor.org

It is reported that 98% of 13-18 year olds consider confidentiality as essential or important in a school counseling relationship, (Collins & Knowles, 1995.) At the same time, parents have legal and inherent rights to be the guiding voice in their child’s life. (ASCA, 2016)

As professional school counselors we take both our obligation to students and our obligations beyond the student seriously. With a core belief in developing collaborative relationships with all parties involved, we seek a balance driven by the best interest of the student. We must breach confidentiality in the following circumstances: if the student’s safety is at risk, the safety of a third party is at risk, or when ordered by a court of law. In situations where a breach of confidentiality may be warranted but isn’t necessarily required by law, we will consult with other counseling professionals about the appropriateness of a possible breach. (ASCA, 2016)

Why have school counselors?

Students in schools with more fully implemented comprehensive counseling programs report high grades, increased perceptions of safety, and feeling better prepared for the future. (Lapan, Gysbers, & Petroskis, 2003)

Professional school counselors serve as a stabilizing force in the school community

  • during crisis events
  • while mediating conflict
  • in consulting with staff and parents
  • as community outreach partners