Admin

Office of School Counseling

4th & 5th grade Counselor – Patricia Beckmann - pbeckmann@bcps.org  

6th & 7th (A-K) grade Counselor – Venetia Banks - vbanks2@bcps.org

8th & 7th (L-Z) grade Counselor –Andrea Telford, Dept. Chair atelford@bcps.org 

School Counseling Secretary- Theresa Hickey - thickey@bcps.org

                                                 Office number: 410-887-7148
Follow us on Twitter @counselinghsp
Additional Resources:  baltcoschoolcounselors.org/



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Through individual counseling, classroom guidance and group counseling School Counselors address the academic, career decision making and social/emotional needs and success of all students. As School Counselors we are governed by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) in accordance with the National Standards for School Counselors

  Follow the School Counseling Office on Twitter @CounselingHSP

What is a School Counselor?

  • a certified, specially trained, and caring person.
  • a school person who helps all students.
  • a coordinator
  • a consultant
  • a group leader
  • a mediator
  • a person who helps teacher, adults, and parents understand children.
  • a person who helps children understands themselves.

What Does a School Counselor Do?

  • Talks with students individually-and in groups
  • Helps in identifying the needs of students
  • Orients new students
  • Promotes positive attitudes and values among students
  • Aids teachers and parents in helping children
  • Helps people to make better use of community resources
  • Assists in the identification of and referrals for crisis situations.
  • Helps with school, college, job, career, and personal plans.
  • Assists students in the maturation process.
  • Maintains student confidences.

Contact the School counseling office for assistance with things such as:

  • Enrolling or withdrawing
  • Updating residency information
  • Changes in student behavior
  • Academic advising
  • Academic placement concerns
  • Social or personal concerns
  • Make-up work (if out more than 3 days)
  • Magnet/High School information

How Does a Student See Their Counselor?

  • self-referral (school counseling pass required)
  • appointment made by counselor
  • parent referral
  • administrative referral
  • teacher or other staff referral
  • referral by friends

Links to:
BCPS Magnet Program Office:  http://www.bcps.org/offices/omp/
BCPS Bullying/Harassment Form:  http://www.bcps.org/offices/sss/pdf/Harassment-or-Intimidation-(Bullying)-Reporting-Form.pdf          
Family and Community Engagement (F.A.C.E.):  www.bcps.org/parents/academic-support.htm