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Counselors Corner


 Meet High Point Academy’s School Counselors

Middle School Counselor

Vanessa Trayler

303-217-5152

vtrayler@highpointacademy.net

 

Elementary School Counselor

Sydney Costa

303-217-5152

scosta@highpointacademy.net

 

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School Therapist
Tamara Graff LMFT
(303) 217-5152
tgraff@highpointacademy.net

 

Behavioral Specialist

Amy Flynn

303-217-5152

aflynn@highpointacademy.net

 


Interns

Olya Berezenko

oberezenko@highpointacademy.net

 

Conrad Prososki

cprososki@highpointacademy.net


Counseling Mission and Vision at HPA

Counseling Mission

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.

Counseling Vision

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.


Resources

Smart Phone Safety

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.

Mental Health Resources for Youth

Love and Logic-for parents

Suicide Prevention Resources

Suicide Hotline
1-800-283-TALK (8255)

Youth Support Line (Colorado)
(303) 894-9000

Suicide Prevention and  Warning Signs

Bullying

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www.stopbullying.gov/what-is-bullying/
For both parents and youth. This is a great resource to learn about the different types of bullying, how to prevent bullying, and how to respond to it.

Community Mental Health Resources

Here is a list of several mental health resources in the Denver metro area.

CPS Counseling Services at Regis University
No-cost, confidential therapy for individuals, couples, or families; play therapy for children, adolescents, and adults
303-964-5786

Community Reach
Serves north metro Denver area; designated provider for anyone eligible for Medicaid who resides in Adams County
303-853-3500

Aurora Mental Health
Community mental health center for Aurora residents
303-617-2300

Denver Mental Health
Community mental health agency for Denver residents
303-504-6800

Arapahoe Douglas Mental Health
Community mental health agency for Arapahoe/Douglass counties
303-730-8858

Mental Health Partners
Serves Boulder, Broomfield counties
303-413-6263

Jefferson Center for Mental Health
Serves Jefferson, Gilpin, and Clear Creek county residents
303-425-0300

Judi’s House
Offers grief counseling to kids and teens
720-941-0331

Arapahoe House
Focus on substance abuse treatment throughout Denver Metro area
303-657-3700

Noeticus Counseling Center
Private, training counseling center, located in downtown Denver. Low-cost, sliding-fee scales
303-399-9988

People House
Private, training counseling center, located in the Highlands neighborhood. Low-cost, sliding-fee scales
303-480-5130

Forward Movement Counseling, LLC
Jackky Sirichantho MA, LMFTC, NCC
jackky.sirichantho@gmail.com
720-213-8378

Individual Career and Academic Plan (Middle School)

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:
6th
-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.

7th
-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.

8th
-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.


View HPA’s Counseling Blog for up to date announcements and resources.

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