Counseling & Career Services
Jennifer Cheff, M.A., NCC
Ronan High School
School Counselor (Grades 10-12)
Office: (406) 676-3390 ext. 7505
Tammy Young, M.S.
RHS Counselor (9th Grade)
RMS Counselor (5th Grade)
HS Office: (406) 676-3390 ext. 7542
MS Office: (406) 676-3390 ext. 7413
Kristen DesJarlais, M.A.
Ronan Middle School
School Counselor (Grades 6-8)
Office: (406) 676-3390 ext. 7402
Sabra Williams, M.Ed.
K. William Harvey Elementary
Office: (406) 676-3390 ext. 7372
Hannah Ryan, M.A., NCC
Pablo Elementary School
Office: (406) 676-3390 ext. 7703
Rebekah "Bekah" Blood, SSP, NCSP
Ronan School District
Office: (406) 676-3390 ext. 7412
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.
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.
Helpful Academic Resources
- Montana Digital Academy (for High School students) Contact Mrs. Cheff or Mrs. Young if you are interested in enrolling in online classes through MTDA.
- Khan Academy (online tutoring)
- EdReady Montana (free online English and Math tutoring)
- RHS Course Catalog & School Profile (opens in new window)
- Dual Enrollment
- College & Career
- Montana 2-Year & Certification Programs
- Financial Aid (FAFSA)
- ACT & SAT Testing
- Student Engagement Opportunities
- NCAA & NAIA Eligibility
- Social & Emotional Supports
- Crisis Hotlines
- Suicide and Self-Harm Prevention
- Resources for Families in Need
- Handle With Care - Ronan School District (opens in new window)
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