High school is a time of major transitions and growth. This period can be stressful, and sometimes students need help navigating the social, emotional, developmental, and academic challenges that can come with the teenage years.
The personal counselors at ICA are available for individual counseling appointments with students, on an as-needed basis. Some students request counseling for themselves, while others are referred by teachers, school staff, parents, or friends. Many students see one of our counselors on an on-going basis for periodic check-ins, while others work with a counselor for a brief period to help navigate a particular struggle. A wide range of issues can be addressed in counseling, including: stress and anxiety, depression, grief, family difficulties, body image issues, problems with friends and peers, and academic pressures.
The counseling department does various types of outreach and activities with our students. This has included a grief and loss group, leading class discussions about communication and healthy relationships, and bringing in outside resources for assemblies on topics such as alcohol and drug abuse, and bullying. At the bi-annual Health Fair, students are exposed to a broad array of community organizations that serve teenagers.
ICA's personal counselors are very much a part of the ICA community, and are available to assist students in a variety of ways. The counselors' primary goal is to help alleviate stress and struggles, so that students are able to give their best focus in the classroom, and manage the challenges of adolescence with support and clarity.