The purpose of the guidance program is to provide a variety of services to students, teachers, and parents in a planned, goal-oriented manner. The guidance program is an integral part of the educational process. Guidance functions include counseling, consultation, and coordination of services to meet the needs of all students.The primary purpose of the counseling service is to assist students in understanding, accepting, and enhancing their personal qualities, recognizing and developing their academic potential, and becoming more self-directed, self-confident individuals with the skills required to make wise decisions and formulate realistic goals.
STUDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
MPS is involved in Pennsylvania's Student Assistance Program (SAP) through which faculty members are trained in observation techniques and at-risk symptoms in order to identify students with possible emotional, behavioral, or chemical difficulties. An intervention Core Team made up of guidance, teaching, and administrative personnel, as well as ad hoc resource personnel from an outside provider for mental health services and drug and alcohol prevention services, meets weekly throughout the school year to address faculty, parent, and student concerns. When the situation warrants, referrals are made for assessment purposes to the appropriate ad hoc person after obtaining parental permission. Recommendations produced by the assessment will guide the Core Team in its handling of the situation.
The guidance department has developed an information gathering form which enables guidance counselors and faculty members to address concerns they may have about individual students. The form is referred to as the SAP (Student Assistance Program) form and concerns itself with three areas of inquiry - attendance, general behavior, and academics.
Students may refer themselves and others when they recognize need for support. Parents, teachers, or administrative staff may also act as referral agents by contacting the appropriate grade counselor with parental permission.
Once information is compiled by the counselor, it is reviewed by the Intervention Team at their weekly Core Team meeting. An interview with the student and/or parents may result if the team deems it warranted. Referral may be made to a Core Team ad hoc person if the Core Team feels it necessary. Further recommendations may be suggested by the Core Team to help the student deal with the particular area of difficulty