Counseling in our room is rooted in a solution-focused, strengths based approach. We believe that every school client, student or teacher, has the ability to shift their perspective and find the solution for themselves.
We try to not give advice, but instead give students the opportunity to challenge themselves, grow as thinkers, take perspectives, and set positive future oriented goals.
A few common questions that guide conversations with students might sound like this:
- How do you want things to be?
- What would that look like for you?
- What difference would that make for you?
- When have you done this before?
We have learned that this solution focused approach can be impactful for any problem a school client is facing.
Our goal is to support students in discovering how resilient and adaptable they are as they experience an overwhelming amount of social, emotional, physical, and intellectual change. Through this model, we work to support our students in creating a future for themselves that they will thrive in.
How our program works.
All students have access to
our counselors and services!
Our counselors serve and support Hawthorn students socially, emotionally, and academically through a tiered intervention model.
- Tier 1 - All students participate in school-wide initiatives including classroom lessons and the key events listed below.
- Tier 2 - Some students participate in small groups, peer mediation, academic interventions, and consultation.
- Tier 3 - Includes referrals, crisis response, behavior trackers, and individual counseling that a few students participate in.
Our mission is to provide a comprehensive program that addresses the academic, career, and personal/social development of all students.
We are committed to supporting the school mission in offering a safe and enabling learning environment for students to develop a desire to explore and understand the world around them; be inspired to set and reach goals, and become lifelong seekers of knowledge.
The primary goal is to understand and address the needs of the "whole child" for every child.
The vision of the Hawthorn Academy Counseling Center is guided by our data-driven comprehensive counseling program and our commitment to fostering a sense of belonging and community in every student, staff, family, and community member.
Through a counseling lens, we guide and support our students with the values and principles of the IB profile which contributes to the development of confident, independent, kind, and productive members of a global society.