THE GUIDANCE CURRICULUM INCLUDES:
We offer individual and group counseling for those students who desire this service. Your parents or teachers may refer you for counseling or you may, as most students do, refer yourself. Additionally, we have several programs for EFHS families: open house, paying for college night, financial aid night, SAT sign-up workshops and much more.
All counselors subscribe to the American School Counselors’ Association Code of Ethics. Students are guaranteed confidentiality when speaking with a counselor unless the counselor feels the student is a danger to self or others. Counselors are required under law to report any suspected abuse or neglect to the Department of Children and Family Services. The School Counseling Department works as a team and, at times, consults with each other regarding students’ issues and services. If you have an emergency problem you need help with, please go to the School Counseling Office.
It is our hope that your time at EFHS will be exciting and challenging. As your counselors, we are looking forward to your four-year journey through high school. For planning purposes, we have assigned all students to one of the counselors listed below. Caseloads are split alphabetically by last name. We invite you all to be actively involved!
The EFHS School Counseling Department also has the services of the:
13 REASONS WHY: A LETTER TO PARENTS AND GUARDIANS
We want to inform you of a trending Netflix series called “13 Reasons Why” which is based on a young adult novel of the same name. The series revolves around 17-year-old Hannah Baker who commits suicide and leaves behind audio tape recordings for the 13 people she perceives were the reasons why she killed herself. The series is rated TV-MA, which cautions that the content may not be suitable for children under the age of 17. This is due to graphic scenes depicting sexual assault, drunk driving, bullying, and suicide.
The show has been highly watched by young people and received a lot of media attention. While the show has brought up some meaningful opportunities for discussion around healthy relationships, the risks of mistreatment, and issues of youth suicide, it also has raised some concerns as the storyline may lead viewers to believe that suicide is a solution to one’s problems. Hannah is portrayed as a long-suffering victim who, by taking her own life, is taking vengeance on those who wronged her. This is inconsistent with safe messaging guidelines around handling portrayals of suicide in media in works of fiction and may pose a risk for people who are struggling with stressful situations.
While many youth know the difference between a TV drama series and real life, discussing these topics is very important. Adults can help share the message that suicide is never a solution to problems, that it is never someone’s fault that another person dies by suicide, and that help is available. The School Counseling Department will be facilitating a discussion about this television series during Academic Time (AT) on May 11th, 2017. We welcome students and/or families to attend.
We encourage young people, parents, and guardians to consider whether watching the series is the right choice for them. We also encourage those who are watching to engage in dialogue together about mental health and suicide prevention. We have included information below to support you in having these conversations. Whether you chose to watch this show or not, we should all work to be caring and vigilant about our family members, friends, and ourselves. If you or someone you know if struggling emotionally or indicating signs of a possible suicide get them (or yourself) help. Support from trusted friends, family, and care from mental health professionals when it is needed, save lives every day.
Help is available in the Enosburg Falls Middle and High School Counseling Offices by trained suicide interventionists. Northwestern Counseling and Support Services offers a 24/7 crisis hotline: 802-524-6554, ext. 1. If someone is in immediate danger, call 911.
Guidance for Families from National Association of School Psychologists:
1. Ask your child if they have heard or seen the series 13 Reasons Why. While we don’t recommend that they be encouraged to view the series, do tell them you want to watch it with them and discuss their thoughts.
2. If they exhibit any of the warning signs listed below, don’t be afraid to ask if they have thought about suicide or if someone is hurting them. Raising the issue of suicide does not increase the risk or plant the idea. On the contrary, it creates the opportunity to offer help.
3. Ask your child if they think any of their friends or classmates exhibit warning signs. Talk with them about how to seek help for their friend or classmate. Guide them on how to respond when they see or hear any of the warning signs.
4. Listen to your children’s comments without judgment. Doing so requires that you fully concentrate, understand, respond, and then remember what is being said. Put your own agenda aside.
5. Get help from a school-employed or community-based mental health professional if you are concerned for your child’s safety or the safety of one of their peers.
Warning Signs from National Association of School Psychologists:
ï Suicide threats, both direct (“I am going to kill myself.” “I need life to stop.”) And indirect (“I need it to stop.” “I wish I could fall asleep and never wake up.”). Threats can be verbal or written, and they are often found in online postings.
ï Giving away prized possessions.
ï Preoccupation with death in conversation, writing, drawing, and social media.
ï Changes in behavior, appearance/hygiene, thoughts, and/or feelings. This can include someone who is typically sad who suddenly becomes extremely happy.
ï Emotional distress.
For more information about this series, including discussion topics, concerns, and local mental health resources please visit the EFHS School Counseling page at www.ehornets.org.
EFMHS School Counseling Department