Counselor

 

 

 

 

 

 


Mrs.  Amanda Garred, MA, LPC
7-12th Grade Counselor/Academic Advisor
517-787-0630 Ext. 227


 

Goals

  • To foster in each student an awareness of personal needs and to provide each student the opportunity to acquire the insight needed to meet those needs
  • To direct the student to the best means to assist him/her to develop spiritually, physically, emotionally, and intellectually in order to meet and adjust to his/her needs to make wise choices and to attain a maximum of success in school and future life
  • To assist the student to recognize the dignity of the human person which is attained by the student who understands himself/herself
  • To enable the student to understand Christian values and to learn that true happiness is found in living for God and neighbor
  • To assist the student to function as a healthy individual in the global Christian society

Academic advising:

Mrs. Garred meets individually with each ninth grade student in September to get acquainted with students, their interests, activities and goals, which lays the groundwork for beginning academic and career progress planning.  An additional individual advising appointment occurs at the beginning of second semester to review progress, update goals and plan for 10th grade registration.

Meetings with tenth grade students to complete additional work on their academic and career progress plans begin in October.   Meetings with juniors take place in November and December.


Classes:

 Ninth grade:  “Transitioning to High School”

This week-long class in September incorporates lessons and discussions about the additional freedoms, expectations and responsibilities high school students experience.  Topics include study skills, healthy relationships, assertive communication, conflict resolution and peer pressure. The booklet “On Starting High School” is used.

 Tenth grade:  “College and Career Exploration”

In this Spring five-day class, students complete an interest inventory, a career interview, values assessment instruments, and research on desired occupations and colleges using the internet (Occupational Outlook Handbook and CollegeBoard) and other library resources.  Devotion and scripture start each day’s lesson. Students are encouraged to prayerfully discern their “calling” as they continue exploration.  This workshop combined with individual academic advising will help students understand the relationship between effort put into their daily course work and extra curricular activities, and their ability to pursue and achieve future goals.

 Twelfth grade:  “Transitioning to Life After LC”

In this one-day discussion seniors are provided with a brochure of mental health resources and a laminated wallet card with crisis line and scripture support.  Topics include exploration of transition concerns, college survival skills, encouragement to link to Catholic campus resources, and a request to keep in touch with LC faculty and staff.


Counseling:

Students who want additional support may receive counseling from Mrs. Garred.  Relationships, study skills, test anxiety, difficult thoughts or feelings, communication skills, stress management, discerning goals, and getting through a tough day are frequent topics addressed.   If a student’s concern is more challenging than what can be approached within the school environment, referrals to area health professionals will be made.