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Counseling & Career Services

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Who Are School Counselors?

School counselors are certified/licensed educators with the minimum of a master’s degree in school counseling and are uniquely qualified to address the developmental needs of all students through a school counseling program addressing the academic, career and social/ emotional development of all students. (American School Counselor Association, 2020)

School Counselor Educational Requirements

  • Hold, at minimum, a master’s degree in school counseling
  • Meet the state certification/licensure standards
  • Fulfill continuing education requirements
  • Uphold ASCA ethical and professional standards 

What School Counselors Do

  • Provide direct counseling services to students individually and in support groups
  • Provide educational support services to parents
  • Provide consultation services to teachers
  • Facilitate referrals to community support services
  • Advise students on academic planning
  • Provide career guidance to students
  • Maintain resources on careers and post-secondary education
  • Serve on school and community committees addressing the needs of young people
  • Provide conflict resolution services to students
  • Conduct restorative practices with students, administration, and teachers

Brief solution-focused therapy is utilized in the counseling relationship. This model does not explore deep issues but rather attempts to find solutions to problems. Options are explored and plans are developed by the student. Counseling can offer relief for a number of problems but results cannot be guaranteed and behavior change is very difficult and may cause stress for some.

Jennifer

Jennifer Cheff, M.A., NCC
Ronan High School Counselor

jennifer.cheff@ronank12.edu
Office: (406) 676-3390 ext. 7505
Google Voice: (406) 284-1560

Confidentiality Statement

In order to build and maintain trust in counseling, confidentiality is very important.  We will not share any information with others unless student permission is given.  The only time that counselors are obligated to break confidentiality is when a student discloses:

  • they're in danger of hurting him/herself or others
  • previously unreported child, elder, sexual or physical abuse
  • crimes that have or will be committed 
  • Also, if records are court ordered, we may have to legally comply but will contact parents first.
  • At times, we may consult with other professionals in the best interest of the student 

Although what takes place in individual or group counseling is confidential, parents have the right to be informed of their child’s general progress.

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