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Whitehouse ISD

School Counseling

Program

For the growth and development of all students!
 


 

Mission

The mission of Whitehouse ISD school counseling program is to provide support and guidance to all students as a means to foster academic success, post-secondary and career preparation, and personal social development.

 

As Professional School Counselors, we:

  • Facilitate student growth, development, and transferable skills through guidance curriculum.
  • Offer support to students in their time of need through preventive, remedial, and crisis services.
  • Guide students through individual planning of realistic and attainable goals.
  • Support the efforts of teachers, staff, parents, and the community in promoting the education, career, personal and social development of students

 

Caring for Students from Early Childhood to Post-Secondary Success

Whitehouse ISD school counselors play a key role in fostering a culture of shared responsibility, empathy, and service to others.

The counseling program is guided by the principle that the academic, career, and social/emotional needs of each individual student must be served.  Counselors work closely with teachers, administrators and parents to create a positive atmosphere for learning.

Parental involvement is an important aspect of the district’s philosophy.  Counselors actively engage parents and community through district outreach opportunities.

The Guidance and Counseling Department of Whitehouse ISD, following the guidelines established by the Texas Legislature, requires all school counselors to assume the responsibilities for working with school faculty and staff, students, parents and the community to plan, implement and evaluate a Developmental Guidance and Counselling program. The Guidance and Counseling program shall include:

  • A Guidance Curriculum to help students develop their full educational potential.
  • A Responsive Services component to intervene on behalf of any student whose immediate personal concerns or problems put the students continued educational, career, personal or social development at risk.
  • An Individual Planning System to guide a student as the student plans, monitors and manages the student's own educational, career (including interests and career objectives), personal and social development; and academic success.
  • Indirect Student Services to support the efforts of teachers, staff, parents and other members of the community in promoting the educational, career, personal, and social development of students.

 

Guidance Curriculum Focus

Intrapersonal Effectiveness (i.e., positive student self-concept, appropriate behavior to the situation and environment)

Interpersonal Effectiveness (i.e., appropriate and effective communication skills, effective conflict resolution skills, development of healthy relationships)

Post-secondary Planning and Career Readiness (i.e.,  motivation to succeed in personal endeavors, demonstration of career exploration skills, awareness of the importance of postsecondary education, understanding of the relationship of academics to the world of work and life at home in the community)

Personal Health and Safety (i.e., incorporation of wellness practices into daily living, demonstration of resiliency and positive coping skills, possession of assertiveness skills necessary for personal protection)

 

Whitehouse ISD School Counselors’ Qualifications

Whitehouse ISD school counselors hold a professional certificate in counseling issued by the Texas Education Agency on the recommendation of the college or university where the counselor has obtained a master's degree in counseling.

Counselors continually update their skills by attending workshops and conferences in an effort to further their education in areas such as trauma and loss, conflict resolution, crisis management, educational planning and student development.

 

School Counselor Contact Information

For email information see Counseling Staff Page

Brown Elementary
903-839-5610

Stanton-Smith Elementary
903-839-5730

Whitehouse High School
903-839-5527

Cain Elementary
903-839-5600

Holloway Sixth Grade
903-839-5656

Higgins Elementary
903-839-5580

Whitehouse Jr. High
903-839-5593

Director of Counseling Services

Leigh Anne Barber, LPC-S

barberl@whitehouseisd.org

903-839-5500