As a result of working with such wonderful students, parents, teachers, administrators, and support staff, we received a 2016 RAVE Bronze Award, a 2017 RAVE Silver Award, and a 2018 RAVE Gold Award! The Recognition of Accountability Verification and Excellence (RAVE) Award is a continuous improvement document that gives a school counseling program an opportunity to demonstrate effective communication and a commitment to implementing an outcome-based, data-driven program. This award has been developed by an advisory group of Alabama school counselors, counselor educators, system/district supervisors, and the Alabama Department of Education. We are very honored and proud of this achievement.
We are so fortunate to have parents in Homewood who are involved in their child's lives because parental involvement makes a tremendous difference in school success. We look forward to getting to know you and your children. Please know that we value your input. If you ever have any questions, need additional information regarding one of our programs or want to schedule an appointment, please don't hesitate to contact us either by email or by calling the school (205.870.0878). It is our privilege to serve you and help our students attain their maximum potential in their personal/social, educational, and career development. We look forward to an exciting, successful year!
I. The Role of the Counselor
The following description comes from the Alabama Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance State Model for Public Schools:
During the middle school grades, counselors' concerns shift to the changing needs of the young adolescent. Middle school counselors focus on helping students establish, identify, and balance academic, career, and personal/social goals. Efforts begun in elementary school are continued and expanded, although an emphasis is placed on the transition into high school. In addition, middle school counselors help integrate knowledge of student interests, aptitude, and academic skills into the formation of a high school four-year educational plan and educational/career planning portfolio for high school and beyond.
Some of the services we provide through our comprehensive school counseling program at HMS are:
As school counselors, we will respect the rights of confidentiality of personal information disclosed during the course of conversation between ourselves and students except in the following situations: (1) Student presents danger to self, (2) Student presents danger to others, (3) Student has been abused by others, (4) Student needs hospitalization, (5) if we are required to do so by court order. We are bound by federal and state law to break confidentiality in the event of any of the above mentioned situations and will do so to protect our students and remain legally and ethically true to our profession.
III. Counselor Standards
Essential elements to help students achieve success in school are facilitated by the guidance program in three general domains:
Each domain has specific standards and multiple competencies which are addressed through a comprehensive counseling and guidance program.