Counseling Programs

Individual Counseling

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Counseling is a way of helping with the broad range of questions and concerns that students face as part of growing up.  It is regarded as a vital part of life here at Marist.

Individual counseling is the process in which a student, in face to face contact with a counselor, further develops self-understanding and becomes increasingly self-directive in making his/her own decisions, choices and plans.  It is in this highly personal contact that the counselee is assisted in (1) identifying concerns; (2) getting insight into areas of concern; (3) considering alternatives; (4) setting goals, especially for college.  School Counseling is not a substitute for therapy.  When a student appears in need of therapy, the counselor may recommend it and make appropriate referrals.

In an emergency, the student may see a counselor by coming to the Counseling Center.

  1. Counseling is available to students at all times during the school day on an appointment basis.

  2. Each counselor is responsible for a proportional number of students. In this way, the counselor gets to know the characteristics, personality, goals and values of each of his/her counselees. This facilitates effective counseling.

  3. Parents are strongly encouraged to contact their son’s or daughter’s counselor if they feel the counselor can be of service in any way. This may be done during school hours (8:00 AM – 2:30 PM).

Course Placement

Assistance is provided to the student in the choice of an appropriate and desirable academic program.  Information sessions are held at critical times (when course choices are to be made) and each student is given the opportunity for an individual interview for curriculum planning. Seniors are provided opportunities for group and individual interviews for post-high school planning.

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A conference is an intensive study of an individual student.  The purposes are:

  1. to organize and appraise data about an individual for all sources, and

  2. to develop a global picture of an individual which will contribute to effectiveness in working with him/her

The Guidance Department requests a conference when the situation requires, or when initiated by the faculty or administration.  When appropriate, the counselors process any necessary referrals to the Bayonne Child Study Team, with the parents’ permission.

Peer Counseling

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Seniors who express an interest in working with freshmen apply to this program.  Students are chosen by a group of administrators, teachers and counselors.  Once accepted, the seniors agree to participate in a training program over the summer.

The five objectives are:

  1. Support: how to give it and own it
  2. Awareness: of self, others, circumstances
  3. Self-confidence: how to keep it, develop it and give it to others
  4. Positive thinking: about self, others and life
  5. Values: self, others, potential

These objectives are taught with and by tasks in:

  1. Group process – to teach support
  2. Communication – to teach awareness
  3. Motivation – to teach self-confidence
  4. Change – to teach positive thinking

Leadership – to teach values

Summer Programs

Throughout each year, the School Counseling Department receives information from various colleges and other educational organizations concerning Summer educational opportunities.  Some of these programs are free; others charge tuition.  Some are competitive or require nomination by the high school.  The students are made aware of these programs.  Counselors are available to help students make decisions about the programs and to assist them with their applications.