Personal, academic, and social awareness is essential for a student to reach their optimum level of growth in a world of permanent change. Guerin Prep’s Counseling Department is an integral part of the school community. In accordance with the National Standards of the American School Counselor Association, its comprehensive developmental counseling services/program promotes and enhances the learning environment by facilitating the students’ personal,social, and academic development and through college and career planning. The Counseling Department focuses on the present success of the students and encourages students to continue learning throughout their lives. By helping them prepare to participate fully in the ever-more-complicated world, they can successfully face the challenges of the next century.


Personal/Social Development


Through self-awareness, intellectual and personal growth, character development, an increased sense of responsibility, independence and self-worth, a student will manifest a sense of personal empowerment that will permeate all of their actions and make them personally effective - a personal framework by which students can shape their lives and develop into responsible, caring young men and women.


* Students will develop an innate sense of personal worth and learn to harness their own personal resources to achieve important ends in their lives.

* Students will acquire skills, attitudes, values and knowledge that help them understand and respect self and others.

* Students will make decisions, set goals, and take necessary action to achieve goals.

* Students will achieve an awareness of the issues affecting them: personally, socially, and spiritually.

* Students will learn to use effective communication/interpersonal skills to be a positive contributing member of family, community, and society.

* Students will learn the ability to negotiate successfully into the increasingly complex and diverse world of the 21st century.


SKILLS - Personal/Social Growth and Development


* To develop physically, emotionally, intellectually, and socially.

* To examine and clarify personal goals, capabilities, and feelings that encourage a positive self-concept.

* To understand, express, and manage their feelings and emotions appropriately and effectively.

* To learn to communicate effectively.

* To deepen (strengthen) feelings of self-esteem and confidence based on achievement, personal    accomplishments, and positive relationships.

* To develop acceptance, concern, and an understanding of themselves and others.

* To understand the concept of commitment to ideas, self, family, and school.

* To understand the impact of culture, media, gender stereotyping and bias as it relates to men and women.

* To develop a Christian value system.

* To develop academic, social and personal interests.

* To form satisfying interpersonal relationships with peers, parents, teachers and other adults.

* To develop positive peer relationships.

* To become aware of the responsibility for their self and their life.

* To learn the skills required for self knowledge, value clarification, decision-making, and goal setting

* To gain self-confidence in their ability to succeed.

* To assume moderate risks and weigh the consequences.

* To draw success from failure; to view each failure as a useful lesson for improving and enhancing future behavior

* To assume responsibility for their own actions and their consequences.

* To cope with stress, learn self-nurturing skills.

* To develop knowledge and skills needed to cope with all of the tasks and challenges they experience.

* To develop problem-solving and conflict-solving skills.

* To establish meaningful and achievable goals.

* To become aware of their own philosophy of life.


Academic Development


Through the discovery of their intellectual potential and academic strengths, students will develop strategies in which they actively participate in their own learning and demonstrate the usefulness of knowledge in their lives now and in the future.


* Students will acquire attitudes, knowledge, and skills to contribute to effective learning in school and throughout life.

* Students will develop post secondary goals as a result of college and career awareness and planning.

* Students will complete school with the academic preparation essential to choose from a range of  realistic/challenging post secondary options, including college or career training.

* Students will understand the relationship of academics to the world of work, and to life at home and in the community.

* Students will make a successful transition and acquire the attitudes, skills, and knowledge that are essential to the competitive workplace of the 21st century.


SKILLS - Academic/Educational Growth and Development


* To encourage students to develop cognitive skills and academic talents.

* To successfully adjust to the academic demands; develop study skills; learning to learn.

* To become aware and realistically assess their academic strengths and weaknesses.

* To formulate strategies to improve their academic performance.

* To be accountable and responsible (learning process).

* To encourage students to develop critical thinking skills, to analyze, and to take risks in their learning process.

* To make a commitment to achieve to their fullest potential.

* To become aware of their abilities, interests and potential and relate these to their high school course planning.

* To become aware of a variety of curriculum course offerings and extracurricular activities.

* To learn appropriate steps for evaluating and choosing courses consistent with their needs, abilities, and broad career interests.

* To develop and follow a four-year plan.

* To enhance their test awareness and review specific test-taking skills.

* To encourage, through learning, students think beyond themselves to develop their hearts as well as their minds.



College/Career Development


College and career planning is an ongoing process. Throughout high school, students come to an understanding of their abilities, interests and needs and how these relate to making a well-informed decision about college and their future career.

* Students will learn about post-secondary educational options available to them, be knowledgeable about the admissions process, financial aid/scholarships and explore a variety of careers areas in relation to their abilities and interests.

* Students will acquire the skills to investigate the world of work in relation to knowledge of self and to make informed decisions.

* Students will employ strategies to achieve future career success and satisfaction.

* Students will understand the relationship between personal qualities, education and training and the world of work.


SKILLS -  College/Career Development and Planning


* To define values and interests to base a college and career search.

* To explore long term goals and commitments for their future.

* To be aware of appropriate computer applications and understand how to use the application.

* To develop the skills necessary for using technology to conduct self-assessment, learn about colleges, and explore careers.

* To gather college and career information from a variety of sources.

* To learn how to evaluate and choose a college, requirements and deadline dates for admission.

* To search out and evaluate post secondary educational and career options based on interests, values, and abilities.

* To be aware of the advantages and problems of nontraditional occupations.

* To understand the role of men and women in the work world, the factors that influence the changing career patterns of the concept of career ladders, employment trends.

* To make well-informed decisions about their future.

* To deepen involvements in interests for their self-expression

* To develop a positive view of personal future.

* To become an active, interested and concerned leaders/participant in “society.”



* Self-esteem/confidence.

* Self-empowerment, reliance, determination.

* Respect for self and others.

* Personal values clarification.

* Honesty/Integrity.

* Communication skills.

* Positive and responsible relationships (family, friendships, peers).

* Love of learning/life learning. 

* Personal and intellectual discipline.

* Decision-making.

* Leadership.

* Responsibility.

* Tolerance.

* Cooperation.

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