• Counseling Department

    Today's school 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.*  The role of the school counselor may differ slightly from one grade level to the next, but the basis is always the same. School counselors are here to help students make the most of the education! 
          *© Copyright 2014 American School Counselor Association.

    Links to each building's counselors will provide additional information as to the services available in their offices.
    New Salem Elementary (K-4)

    When you are concerned about your child.
    Is your child in crisis?  Is he/she in a situation for which they do not have adequate coping skills?

    A crisis is any situation for which a person does not have adequate coping skills. What is a crisis for one person may not be a crisis for another person.
    Crises may range from seemingly minor situations to major life changes, such as death or divorce. Crisis is also environmentally based. What is now a crisis may not have been a crisis before, or would not be a crisis in a different setting.

    Common emotional reactions to a crisis include:

    • Apathy
    • Depression
    • Guilt
    • Loss of self-esteem
    • Powerlessness

    School-Based Resources

    Community-Based Resources:


    What are Crisis Intervention Services?

    Crisis Intervention offers services to people who are in a crisis situation. Crisis Intervention Services can do the following:

    • Provide free help to anyone
    • Help you get through your crisis
    • Help you to get the services you or your family may need
    • Be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
    • Provide services over the phone, in person, and in the community
    • Provide evaluation for inpatient hospitalization and help find a hospital to provide psychiatric services if you need that type of help
    • Can offer options to family members who have a relative in crisis
    • Can work with other agencies, schools, police departments to provide assessment and evaluations for individuals needing crisis services
    • Provide emotional support and reduce your tension


    What are the different types of Crisis Services?

    • Telephone Crisis...  Telephone Crisis allows you to talk with a crisis worker over the phone. They will help you get through your crisis and will help you get the services you or your family member may need.
    • Walk-In Crisis...  You can meet with a crisis worker at their office or in the hospital to help resolve your crisis. They can also help you get the services you or your family member may need.
    • Mobile Crisis...  You may be able to have a crisis worker come to your home or someplace else in the community. Before a mobile crisis worker comes to your home, they will assess the situation for safety and they will determine if mobile crisis is the best option. They will help you get through your crisis and they can help you or your family member get the services you need. Mobile crisis may be requested by other agencies or the police department to make joint visits for an individual in crisis.

    Other services offer 24 hours, 7 days a week availability. If you are involved with any of the following services, you should call your caseworker or the person on call for these services first, unless you feel you need immediate help. They are:

    • Family-Based Services
    • Intensive Case Management Services
    • Community Treatment Team