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Here is an overview of the Milton Town School District Mental Health program:
The MTSD Pre-K-12 School Counseling Department supports student achievement through a comprehensive and developmentally appropriate program that addresses the academic, career, and personal/social growth of all students. In partnership with students, staff, parents/guardians and the community, school counselors facilitate and assess the effectiveness of the program to assist all students in acquiring the competencies needed for constructive participation in society.
The Milton Town School District requires that a planned program of school counseling be an integral part of the educational experience that assists students in academic, career, and personal/social development. Counselors assist students in personal growth through development of educational planning, self awareness, collection, interpretation and utilization of data, setting of goals, decision-making, implementation of career plans and evaluation of personal and career goals. The MTSD Pre-K-12 School Counseling Program seeks to support the MTSD Pre-K-12 Action Plan in addition to local and state standards. The major functions of a school counselor at the elementary, middle or high school level are to develop a comprehensive school counseling program that meets the academic, career and personal/social needs of students; to deliver and manage the comprehensive school counseling program; to partner with other professional staff members, parents and community leaders and agencies; to advocate for student services, programs and resources; and to demonstrate accountability.
The comprehensive developmental school counseling program organizes the work of counselors into four major components: school counseling curriculum, individual planning, responsive services, and system support.
School counseling curriculum is the means by which school counselors promote the healthy development and growth of all students. The curriculum provides developmental and sequential lessons and activities in classroom and/or group settings, which address student development in academic, career and personal/social domains.
Individual student planning consists of activities that focus on assisting each student to develop, analyze and evaluate his or her education, career and personal goals and plans. Individual student planning addresses the same objectives for all students in a given grade, and results in a portfolio outlining career and educational pathways. Functions of the counselor in this component include individual advisement, placement and appraisal. the lessons and activities in the school counseling curriculum support individual student planning by teaching the necessary skills for self-awareness, goal setting, decision-making and career exploration.
Responsive services consist of strategies and interventions that school counselors use to address students problems that prevent student success in academic, career and personal/social development.
Collaboration and Community Outreach focuses on services to students through follow-up studies; school and community orientation to the comprehensive school counseling program; leadership to school- and district-based committees on student needs and resources; consulting with teachers, school administrators and parents regarding student needs; collaborative and advocacy efforts within the school and community agencies.“Taking care of one’s mental health is just as important as taking care of one’s physical health.”