Guidance Services

Individual Counseling is all about exploring concerns in a safe atmosphere. By
working with a caring, objective, and non-judgmental professional, students have
an opportunity to struggle with complex, often perplexing issues and concerns.
They often come to a better understanding of themselves. They and their
counselor look for solutions together. This deeper self-awareness can then
enable students to make healthier, more informed choices and enhance their
personal and academic lives.

Group Counseling most often involves several students who share similar
concerns or life circumstances coming together to meet with a counselor. The
support, feedback, and dialogue that develops in group counseling are often very
beneficial in developing awareness, promoting change, and reducing feelings of

Comprehensive Guidance Lessons and Presentations are done by the
counseling staff. Our staff has a broad knowledge base on middle school issues.
Some of them include depression, anxiety, eating disorders, relationship
problems, loss and grief, bullying, and many others.

Referral involves a counselor educating a student/parent(s) about resources
both within school system and in our Central Montcalm community.

Consultation involves being available to staff, faculty, and family members when
they are concerned about a student. Staff and faculty are able to speak with us
about a student and his/her behavior with or without revealing the student's
name. Doing so can help faculty and staff intervene and speak with the student.
It can also help determine whether further assistance or counseling might be
necessary. Staff members can also be guided on how to speak with the student
about whom they are concerned. Similarly, family members can share their
concerns about a student and receive appropriate input and feedback.