Meet High Point Academy’s School Counselors
Middle School Counselor
Roles and Duties:
As a middle school counselor, I focus on three areas of your student’s learning and growth: academic, career, and social-emotional education. I do this in a variety of ways; through small groups, one-on-one meetings with students, and as a collaboration with school staff and parents. I deeply believe that every student has the ability to learn, grow, and thrive with guidance and support. I work to meet students where they are at with kindness and enthusiasm. I am looking forward to building community at High Point Academy with staff, students, and families!
I earned my Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Missouri – St. Louis, and my Master’s degree in Education from the University of Arizona. I come to High Point Academy from Aurora Public Schools where I spent the year as both a Check and Connect Counselor at the high school level and an interim school counselor at the middle school level.
Elementary School Counselor
Roles and Duties:
As a School Counselor, my primary responsibility is to promote the academic, career, and social/emotional development of all students. Many times I get puzzled looks when I say I provide career development at the elementary level, but it is never too early for children to be exposed to the opportunities their futures will hold! I look forward to offering support to the PK-4 students, staff, families, and community. I will be meeting with students individually and in small groups, conducting classroom counseling lessons, meeting with parents, collaborating with teachers and staff, and consulting with community organizations to benefit and meet the needs of all High Point Academy students.
My passion for school counseling began during my time as a student at the University of Phoenix where I received my Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology and then continued at the University of Phoenix where I pursued my Masters of Science in Counseling/ School Counseling. This is my 18th year in education and 3rd year in school counseling at the elementary level. I am Grief and Loss certified through the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). What I love most about the elementary level is the genuine curiosity students have in their learning and the world around them, as well as the opportunity for early intervention support that can have a lifetime positive impact on a child.
Tamara Graff LMFT
Roles and Duties:
As School-based therapists, we work systemically with students, their families, and school personnel to support students emotionally, socially, and academically. We collaborate with teachers, parents, administration, and the students themselves to help them reach their potentials.
School Counselor interns have a Bachelor’s degree and is close to completion of their Master’s degree and licensure for School Counseling. School counselors require 600 hours or more of internship level work with students, after having completed 100 or more hours of direct school work at the practicum level. Many school counselors have worked as teachers, school administrators, social workers, paraprofessionals, or as counselors outside of the school system. School counselors have at least one supervisor during their tenure to ensure compliance with counseling guidelines.
School counselors provide a variety of jobs such as providing individual counseling, responsive interventions, small/large group counseling and facilitation and support crisis planning in schools. School counselors are not school psychologists as their focus is to support the entire system of students, staff, and faculty. If a concern arises requiring further support or intervention, High Point Academy protocols are followed with notification made to the appropriate school leadership and parents/guardians of the student.
If you have any questions or concerns, or if you would like to meet with a school counselor, please contact our office directly by calling (303) 217-5152. High Point Academy respects student confidentiality and discussing an issue is completely voluntary. High Point Academy policies support our legal and ethical responsibilities to take appropriate action in the case of abuse, neglect, illegal activity, or if individual self- harm or harm to another is suspected or reported.
Counseling Mission and Vision at HPA
As High Point Academy’s Counselor and Therapist, our mission is to work under a comprehensive counseling program to advocate for and collaborate with ALL students from diverse cultural backgrounds (including but not limited to: race, ethnicity, disability, religion/spirituality, socioeconomic status, gender, and sexuality), their families, and the community in order to foster students’ academic, social-emotional, and professional growth to ensure ALL students become leaders in the diverse world in which we live.
Our vision as the Counseling Department at High Point Academy is to promote empowerment among ALL students to ensure they achieve academic excellence, become critical and creative thinkers, and to reach their full potential through the development and implementation of lifelong academic, social-emotional, and professional skills.
Noknok. Who’s there? Whisper a Secret on Line, Space Tag a Kik, Wechat your YikYak through Snapchat, and Poof, it’s gone! Or is it? Do you have any idea what any of this means? While the last sentences probably don’t make much sense (to adults or kids alike), they contain the names of several new and old smartphone apps that can be used for chatting, instant messaging, or social networking. Some have location services. These may be helpful to parents arranging a play date, but frightening when your son or daughter just arranged to meet a stranger outside McDonald’s.
Read more about smartphone safety here.
Love and Logic-for parents
Youth Support Line (Colorado)
CPS Counseling Services at Regis University
No-cost, confidential therapy for individuals, couples, or families; play therapy for children, adolescents, and adults
Serves north metro Denver area; designated provider for anyone eligible for Medicaid who resides in Adams County
Aurora Mental Health
Community mental health center for Aurora residents
Denver Mental Health
Community mental health agency for Denver residents
Arapahoe Douglas Mental Health
Community mental health agency for Arapahoe/Douglass counties
Mental Health Partners
Serves Boulder, Broomfield counties
Jefferson Center for Mental Health
Serves Jefferson, Gilpin, and Clear Creek county residents
Offers grief counseling to kids and teens
Focus on substance abuse treatment throughout Denver Metro area
Noeticus Counseling Center
Private, training counseling center, located in downtown Denver. Low-cost, sliding-fee scales
Private, training counseling center, located in the Highlands neighborhood. Low-cost, sliding-fee scales
Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) is a way for School Counselors in Colorado to encourage students to explore academic and career options so they are prepared for life after high school.
The following is a video that gives a clear depiction of what ICAP is all about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=2&v=LZGX3qt6Q7E
For more information on ICAP: https://www.cde.state.co.us/postsecondary/icap
College in Colorado
At HPA, we use College in Colorado as a resource for students to take assessments, create a resume, and develop a profile that they can use to fulfill their ICAP as they continue their education. Shea Johnson will work with students in their classrooms to complete some of their ICAP before leaving HPA.
The opportunities and resources available on College in Colorado are limitless! This is not only for students. It is also a great resource for adults!
Shea has also put together “ICAP folders” for every middle school student. This is a way for students to keep their ICAP test results and resources organized. The folders are also something that they can hold on to when they leave HPA.
ICAP 2015-2016 Goals per grade level:
-Students will research a career they are interested and give presentations on the career they picked.
-They will also set up an account on www.collegeincolorado.org in the Spring to get them excited for the work they will do as 7th graders.
-Define and introduce ICAP and why it is important
-Students will take an interest inventory on www.collegeincolorado.org to explore different colleges and careers that match their results from the assessment.
-Attend 2 college visits
-They will attend a Career Fair at HPA in the Spring to develop interview skills and explore career options
-8th grade students wrote a college essay in their Language Arts class at the beginning of the school year to prepare them for the college application process and improve their writing skills.
– Students will also complete an assessment TBD to continue the steps in their ICAP.