Student Support Services employs two full time counselors. The grade levels served by each counselor alternates each year in order for the counselor to follow a student as he or she progresses through ASFA. Counselors can assist students with academic advising, college and career guidance, disability support services, personal counseling (individual and group), crisis intervention, substance abuse counseling and referrals, and referrals to other area agencies. Counselors' offices are located on the third floor next to the Student Center .
Individual and Small Group Counseling
We provide individual and small group counseling to students in grades 7 through 12. Dina Marble is the counselor for grades 7, 9, & 11. Vanessa Falls is the counselor grades 8, 10, & 12. Students may see the counselor on their own or be referred by parents, teachers or administrators. Each year the grades rotate to have the student remain with the same counselor.
Individual counseling is provided to students in an effort to help them develop socially, emotionally and academically. This provide students with an opportunity to talk about their educational, vocational, personal and social concerns. Confidentiality is assured except in cases of eminent danger to the student or others.
Small group services are available as needed or requested. Objectives could include topics that would be identified in a needs assessments evaluation. Topics may include but are not limited to: Probation, Coping with divorce and grief, Children of Alcoholics, Eating Disorders, and Sexual minority and ally support groups.
Evaluation, Referral, and Consultation
Evaluation and Referral
We coordinate the PLAN, PSAT and state testing programs, (The Stanford Achievement Test, Tenth Edition; The Alabama High School Graduation Exam). The counselors interpret test data for parents, students and teachers. Building-Based Support is provided when needed. The Building-Based Support Team is a school-based, problem solving group. Academic and emotional referrals to community agencies are available upon request.
Consultation with teachers, parents and administrators concerning academic, social, emotional and personal needs of students is done routinely. We are available to parents and teachers in identifying strategies to help the student. We serve as a resource person for faculty, PTSO and community organizations helping with issues concerning students’ needs.
Outdoor Experiential Education
The counseling department offers Outdoor Experiential Education. Our mission is to provide meaningful and direct life experiences specifically designed to develop self-worth, perseverance, compassion, personal responsibility and a sense of connection to self and others.
- 7th Grade Orientation - A full day of fun and games enables 7th graders to become familiar with each other and their counselor prior to the beginning of school. This allows us an opportunity to begin building trust and rapport and to ensure each student understands the counselor’s role and how to utilize her.
- 8th Grade Adventure Day - A full day of adventure off campus that integrates incoming 8th graders with the existing class and develops relationships for a more cohesive 8th grade community.
- 9th Grade Rites of Passage Retreat - A three-day retreat that focuses on setting goals and developing strategies for a successful high school experience. Building community within the group is also addressed to create a safe place for learning and for taking creative risks.
- 10th Grade Perseverance Retreat - A three-day camping trip is designed to stretch students’ limitations in discovering untapped resources and strengths to achieve self-empowerment and community awareness. This retreat highlights perseverance and determination in preparation for the academic challenges they will face as sophomores.
- Jr. Leadership Retreat - An overnight retreat that provides students with skills to be positive role models and mentors as they move into their upcoming role as seniors.
- Senior Transition Retreat– A three-day experience that symbolizes the completion of high school and the transition from adolescence to young adulthood while focusing on strategies relating to students’ individual future dreams and goals.
ASFA’s peer mentoring program matches older students with younger students in one-on-one relationships. Through these special relationships, peer mentors provide advice and support and serve as role models for younger students. These younger students are affectionately referred to as “PEEPS” (peers empowering and embracing passionate students).