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School Counseling

WELCOME TO BBHMS SCHOOL COUNSELING OFFICE!

 *Please be sure to visit our mental health & academic resources webpage. It can found in the left hand menu under school counseling*
 
School Counseling Office Phone: 440-740-4421
 
Mrs. Karen Schreiber
Counseling Office Secretary
[email protected]
440-740-4421
 
School Counselors:

Mrs. Denise Schwertle
5th Grade
 440-740-4424    
 
Ms. Jane Ciuni
7th Grade
440-740-4408
 
Mrs. Claire Gonter                                          
8th Grade                                 
[email protected]                          
440-740-4423        
 
Mrs. Nicole Lenczewski
6th Grade
440-740-4425 
 
School Psychologist:
Mr. Joe D'Alessandro
440-740-4439 

Our Philosophy

Because of continual changes in the home, the community, and the school, the school counselors at Brecksville-Broadview Middle School must provide a comprehensive, developmental program which is an equal partner with other essential school programs.
 
We provide a carefully planned program which helps our students to acquire developmentally appropriate skills, and we use the latest methods, activities, materials, and technology in this effort.  Although we respond to immediate problems and conflicts involving our students, we embrace a proactive approach to our student's counseling and guidance needs.

How Can Your School Counselor Help?

Students are encouraged to visit the School Counseling Office anytime they are free:  before school, after school, during lunch, EI or a study hall.  Students should not miss a class in order to see their counselor unless it is a emergency!  If the counselor is unavailable when the student stops in, Mrs. Schreiber will direct the student to fill out a "request slip" with a brief note explaining the request.  The student will be called down as soon as possible after receiving the request slip.  Parents are encouraged to call or email their son or daughter's School Counselor anytime they have a question or need assistance with an issue their child may be facing academically, socially or emotionally.  Our door is always open!

ASCA

As aligned with the American School Counseling Association (ASCA), School Counselors can provide the following services:
  • School guidance curriculum 
  • Academic skills support
  • Organizational, study and test-taking skills
  • Education in understanding self and others
  • Coping strategies
  • Peer relationships and effective social skills
  • Communication, problem-solving, decision-making and conflict resolution
  • Career awareness, exploration and planning
  • Substance abuse education
  • Multicultural/diversity awareness 
  • Goal-setting/decision-makingAcademic planning
  • Education in understanding of self, including strengths and weaknesses
  • Transition planning 
  • Responsive services/school crisis intervention
  • Individual and small group counseling
  • Referrals/community resource support
  • Consultation, collaboration and teaming

A Note on Confidentiality

The school counseling office is a place a student or parent may come to discuss concerns confidentially.  Confidentiality means that personal concerns will not be shared with others.  However, counselors are required by law to contact other appropriate adults if a situation arises that puts someone in physical or emotional harm. 
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