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A Comprehensive School Counseling Program

The mission of Challenger Middle School Counseling Program is to ensure our student’s intellectual, emotional, personal and social growth through innovative instructional techniques and active participation in a variety of learning opportunities. I want to prepare every student for present and future challenges in the areas of academics, career exploration and personal/social development. Students are provided with opportunities to gain an understanding of self and others, to participate in educational and occupational exploration, and to pursue career-planning opportunities in a safe, caring and encouraging environment. The counseling program is an essential component of the total instructional program whereby the students have maximum opportunity for their development.

The beliefs of Challenger Middle School Counseling Program are based on the following:

  1. Every student has the right to experience respect and dignity as a human being and to benefit from the counseling and guidance services.
  2. Every student has the right to participate in activities that promote self-direction and self-development.
  3. Every student has a right to make choices and accept responsibility for choices made.
  4. Every student has the right to participate in a comprehensive school counseling program designed to assist all students in attaining maximum potential in academic, career and personal/emotional development.

The ASCA National Standards in the academic, career, and personal/social domains are the foundation for this work. The National ASCA Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs (2) with its data driven and results based focus serves as a guide for today’s school counselor who is uniquely trained to implement this program.

Challenger Middle School Comprehensive Counseling Program provides the following:

Classroom Guidance

  • Introduction to the School Counselor
  • Career Planning
  • Bully Prevention
  • Making healthy Choices
  • Career Exploration
  • Educational planning
  • Character Education
  • Multicultural/ Diversity Awareness

Individual Student Planning

  • 8th grade four year educational plans
  • Transition Plans
  • Problem solving
  • Behavior Plans
  • Restorative Practices

Responsive Services

  • Individual and small group counseling
  • Individual/family/school crisis intervention
  • Restorative Circles/Peer facilitation
  • Consultation/Collaboration
  • Referrals

System Support

  • Professional Development
  • Consultation, Collaboration and teaming
  • Program development/management and operation

Mrs. Lorie Hall
School Counselor

Dawn Holden, MSW
NOVA In-School Therapist

NOVA Center School Based Counseling Program

This School based mental health program provides services to referred youth who may be struggling with issues related to the following:

  • Difficulty with concentration and attention
  • Anger management
  • Grief and Loss, Divorce and other family issues
  • Difficulty with social skills
  • Traumatic Experiences
  • Relational Conflict (with family, school officials, peers)
  • Motivation

*Please visit the district counseling page for more information about counseling services in Huntsville City Schools and access to parent resources.