Ms. Hana provides 1:1 Counseling and Crisis Services that is confidential for students experiencing emotional concerns, problems in adjusting, and other factors that affect their ability to achieve their academic and personal goals.
These counseling sessions are conducted on a weekly or every other week basis and are 45 minute sessions. It requires a parent consent form that is only available in person in the office. Ms. Hana's approach to counseling is the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach. Cognitive behavior therapy is one of the few forms of psychotherapy that has been scientifically tested and found to be effective in hundreds of clinical trials for many different disorders. In contrast to other forms of psychotherapy, cognitive therapy is usually more focused on the present, more time-limited, and more problem-solving oriented. In addition, students learn specific skills that they can use for the rest of their lives. These skills involve identifying distorted thinking, modifying beliefs, relating to others in different ways, and changing behaviors.
Cognitive behavior therapy is based on the cognitive model: the way we perceive situations influences how we feel emotionally. For example, one person reading this website might think, "Wow! This sounds good, it's just what I've always been looking for!" and feels happy. Another person reading this information might think, "Well, this sounds good but I don't think I can do it." This person feels sad and discouraged. So it is not a situation that directly affects how people feel emotionally, but rather, their thoughts in that situation. When people are in distress, their perspective is often inaccurate and their thoughts may be unrealistic. Cognitive behavior therapy helps people identify their distressing thoughts and evaluate how realistic the thoughts are. Then they learn to change their distorted thinking. When they think more realistically, they feel better. The emphasis is also consistently on solving problems and initiating behavioral change.
The Character Education program is taught by the School Counselor, Ms. Hana.
Because the vision of ACA is to raise students with life skills and proper character education to promote success as a person and as a Muslim, we provide our students with lessons on the pillars of Character from both a psychological and Islamic perspective.
The ACA Character Education Program is conducted on a weekly basis.
Character Development lessons need to be conducted by the school counselor on a weekly basis across all grades K-10 Character education needs is a graded and mandatory class. Each month is a unit and each unit is divided into five lessons. Each lesson is interactive, inspiring and educational.
January - Confidence
February - Courage
March - Hope
April - Determination
May - Kindness /Caring
August - Integrity
September - Respect
October - Responsibility
November - Honesty
December - Citizenship
3 C’s: Calm, Confident, Caring ©
The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) is an organization that supports school counselors' efforts to help students in their academic, personal/social, and career development. ASCA has developed national standards for all students, which define the knowledge or skills students should acquire from the result of participating in a school counseling program. The guidance lessons taught in the classrooms are organized and influenced with these national standards in mind.
Students will acquire the attitudes, knowledge, and skills contributing to effective learning in school and across the lifespan.Students will complete school with the academic preparation essential to choose from a wide range of substantial post-secondary options, including college.Students will understand the relationship of academics to the world of work and to life at home and in the community.
Students will acquire the skills to investigate the world of work in relation to knowledge of self and to make informed career decisions.Students will employ strategies to achieve future career goals with success and satisfaction. Students will understand the relationship between personal qualities, education, training, and the world of work.
Personal / Social Development
Students will acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and interpersonal skills to help them understand and respect self and others.Students will make decisions, set goals, and take necessary action to achieve goals. Students will understand safety and survival skills.
Standard 4: Resources and Support Systems
Indicator 4.6: The school provides support services to meet the physical, social, and emotional needs of the student population being served.
Indicator 4.7: The school provides services that support the counseling, assessment, referral, educational, and career planning needs of all students.
Peer Mentoring Program
11th and 12th graders are required upon graduation to complete and be certified in the peer mentoring program supervised by the school counselor.
Students will be able to obtain mentoring certification upon completion of this Department of Education mentoring program.
Research indicates that cross age peer mentoring is more effective than adult-youth mentoring relationships and there is evidence for greater impact and feelings of connectedness, self esteem, empathy, interpersonal communications, grades and academic achievement, prosocial behavior and attitudes, time management, responsibility, listening and communicating skills, problem solving skills, goal setting, and establishing and maintain boundaries.
Mentors can be selected based on academic and social excellence, however at risk students may be of the most benefit in such program even as a mentor. In this case mentors will be all 11th and 12th grade students. Mentees would be students that teachers recommend for such program, (students who have a hard time making friends, struggle academically, seem to have low self esteem, etc.)
Mentors will be trained by the counselor and can make time to meet with their mentees during recess, lunch, break between classes, bonus hour and other times that are organized between the teacher of the mentee that works in the mentor’s schedule as well.
This program is monitored using worksheet and other resources made possible by the Department of Education to make the most of this time and to keep track of the effectiveness of program.
Empathy Training Program
Did you know that 160,000 students stay home every day because they don't want to face peer persecution and bullying in school. This sad statistic is why ACA is doing its best at preventing bullying and training children on having empathy and compassion with one another.
Ms. Hana has created a school wide curriculum that is taught throughout the school, from Kindergarten to 12th grade. Her Empathy Training Program is approved by the Department of Education. Character Education lessons are taught K-12, that include five lessons per character trait, and covers ten different character traits.
Wolf P.A.C.K (Positive Attitude, Confidence and Kindness) lessons have been developed for students who present the need for more individualized support.
A Department of Education approved Peer Mentoring program is also in place for students who are in need of ongoing additional support.
One on one counseling is provided by a Licensed Professional Counselor for students with high risk behavior.
The goal of this program is to prevent the development of new cases of problem behaviors and decrease the severity of existing cases for all students and staff across all settings. Ms. Hana teaches her Empathy Training Program for Bully Prevention During Bonus Hour and is available to help and train teachers implement techniques in their classrooms to promote this program.