SHS Counseling Department Vision and Mission
VisionSupported by the comprehensive school counseling program, Saginaw High School students are encouraged to challenge themselves so that they will be ready for post-secondary opportunities to continue life-long learning and to contribute to the community.
MissionThe mission of the Saginaw High School Counseling Department is to help students meet their academic and social/emotional needs to help them reach their personal goals.
Counselors are Professionals
School counselors are certified/licensed educators with a minimum of a master’s degree in school counseling. Intervention Counselors are Licensed Professional Counselors with clinical experience related to mental health issues. Counselors are vital members of the education team. They help all students in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social development and career development, ensuring today's students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow. Professional school counselors serve a vital role in maximizing student success.
Counselors Help Students Cope
Counselors know how to listen and help. Counselors can give support on solving problems and making good decisions. They are trained to provide guidance to students and parents related to many subjects including:
- Academic concerns and requirements
- Career awareness
- Communication skills
- Decision-making, goal-setting, planning and problem solving (conflict resolution)
- Interpersonal relationships and social skills
- Motivation to achieve
- Respect for others and appreciation of cultural differences
- Responsible behavior
- Safety issues
- Self-empowerment and resiliency
- Self-understanding and self-confidence
While school counselors can help students through a crisis and provide support on an as-needed basis, they do not provide long-term therapy. School counselors have been trained to identify possible mental health issues and refer parents and students to outside resources when needed.