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Riverside Counselors Mission

Our mission is to follow the American School Counseling Association National Model: Professional school counselors provide culturally competent services to students, parents/guardians, school staff and the community in the following areas:

School Guidance Curriculum – This curriculum consists of structured lessons designed to help students achieve the desired competencies and to provide all students with the knowledge and skills appropriate for their developmental level. The school guidance curriculum is delivered throughout the school's overall curriculum and is systematically presented by professional school counselors in collaboration with other professional educators in K-12 classroom and group activities.

Individual Student Planning – Professional school counselors coordinate ongoing systemic activities designed to help students establish personal goals and develop future plans.

Responsive Services – Responsive services consist of prevention and/or intervention activities to meet students’ immediate and future needs. These needs can be necessitated by events and conditions in students’ lives and the school climate and culture, and may require any of the following:

  • Individual or group counseling
  • Consultation with parents, teachers and other educators
  • Referrals to other school support services or community resources
  • Peer helping
  • Psycho-education
  • Intervention and advocacy at the systemic level

Professional school counselors develop confidential relationships with students to help them resolve and/or cope with problems and developmental concerns.

System Support – System support consists of management activities establishing, maintaining, and enhancing the total school counseling program. These activities include professional development, consultation, collaboration, supervision, program management and operations. Professional school counselors are committed to continual personal and professional development and are proactively involved in professional organizations promoting school counseling at the local, state and national levels.

Mrs. Vertin is the 9-12 School Counselor on the West Campus. Contact her at 785-989-4426 or email svertin@cyclones114.org