Counseling Department Mission Statement
The mission of the IC Catholic Prep School Counseling Department is to provide a comprehensive counseling program that addresses students’ academic, career, and personal/social development. In partnership with other educators, parents or guardians, and the community, school counselors facilitate the development of a support system to ensure that students at ICCP have the knowledge and skills to confidently face life’s challenges, live meaningful lives and make a positive difference in the world.
Philosophy and Objectives
In a Catholic, college preparatory school setting, the School Counselor advocates for students’ needs and provides an important link between the home and school environments. At ICCP, our School Counselor works with students from a holistic framework that recognizes the worth of every individual. Students are encouraged to recognize and develop their strengths, improve their self-confidence, demonstrate responsible behavior and engage in service toward others in their community. It is the belief of the faculty at ICCP that all students can succeed and should be given the access and support to realize their potential, to the fullest extent possible.
The Counseling Department provides information, as well as individual and group support to address students’ personal and social needs according to a developmental framework. Individualized assistance is offered to maximize students’ personal growth and adjustment. Students with personal, social, or emotional problems may receive counseling through the Counseling Department or be referred to appropriate community resources.
The Counseling Department monitors students’ academic progress and assists them with course selection, scheduling, and academic planning. The School Counselor collaborates with other educators, parents or guardians, and community members to provide individualized academic assessment and support to students as needed. All students are encouraged to achieve their full potential and acquire the academic knowledge and skills to achieve success in college and/or vocational settings.
Career counseling begins during students’ freshman year and includes the use of career interest inventories, individual career/college counseling, special presentations, and other career exploration activities. Our Counseling Department collaborates with students in learning about career and life planning and facilitating a successful transition from high school to college or the world of work.
School Counselors abide by the professional school counseling ethics of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and participate in regular professional development activities in order to maintain a quality school counseling program.