Counseling Services

March 17, 2020

Dear Bubbler Families,

In the wake of an unprecedented school closure, and the fear and anxiety many are experiencing as we work together through the COVID-19 Pandemic Crisis, the SMSD School Counseling Staff wanted to reach out and let you know that we are committed to helping everyone through this time.  While the circumstances are not ideal, we believe this is a great time to remind you that your students are well cared for and loved by their counselors. 

The school counseling team desires to be accessible to you and your students during this time.  We will continually check our school e-mails and phone messages and do our best to respond as quickly as possible. Please know that we might not be able to answer some questions that relate to school operation.  For that information, please refer to information that is posted by the school district. Please remember to use the appropriate resources in the event of a mental health emergency included at the end of this letter.

If you think you might need food assistance, please contact pandemicinfo@smsd.us.

Each building level will also be developing a list of age specific resources available to you during this time.  This communication can be found on building specific counseling webpages. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to any one of us as we will help in any way we can.

Sincerely,

The South Middleton School Counselors

Erin Rech - W.G. Rice Elementary School – emr@smsd.us
Aron Kunkel - Iron Forge Elementary School – jak2@smsd.us
Elmer Barrick - Yellow Breeches Middle School – elb3@smsd.us
Danae Klock - Yellow Breeches Middle School – dklock@smsd.us
Patricia Alichwer- Boiling Springs High School – paa@smsd.us
Lindsay Graybill - Boiling Springs High School – lry@smsd.us
Scott McQuaig – Boiling Springs High School –  hsm@smsd.us

 

General K-12 Resources can be found here 

Confidentiality Statement: 
American School Counselors Association (ASCA)
 and its members affirm their belief in the student’s right to be treated with respect and dignity (ASCA, 2016, A.1.a). It is the school counselors’ responsibility to fully respect the right to privacy of those with whom they enter a counseling relationship and to provide an atmosphere of trust and confidence (Lazovsky, 2008; ASCA, A.2.).

A school counselor, who is in a counseling relationship with a student, has an ethical and legal obligation to keep information contained within that relationship. Confidentiality is the ethical and legal term ascribed to the information communicated within the counseling relationship, and it must be maintained unless keeping that information confidential leads to foreseeable harm (ASCA, 2016, A.2.e).



SMSD school counselors help with:

* Action plans        * Career awareness 
* Community links    * Conflict resolution
* Course selection     * Decision making  
* Development of self-concept     * Goal setting 
* Interpersonal communication   * Resiliency  
* Respecting others   * Study skills  
* Understanding differences