Whitehouse Independent School District

Whitehouse ISD Counseling



Whitehouse ISD
School Counseling

Program




For the growth and development of all students!



Mission


The mission of Whitehouse ISD school counseling program is to provide support and guidance to all students as a means to foster academic success, post-secondary and career preparation, and personal social development.

 

 

As Professional School Counselors, we:

  • Facilitate student growth, development, and transferable skills through guidance curriculum.
  • Offer support to students in their time of need through preventive, remedial, and crisis services.
  • Guide students through individual planning of realistic and attainable goals.
  • Support the efforts of teachers, staff, parents, and the community in promoting the education, career, personal and social development of students
 
 

Caring for Students

from Early Childhood to Post-Secondary Success




Whitehouse ISD school counselors play a key role in fostering a culture of shared responsibility, empathy, and service to others.

The counseling program is guided by the principle that the academic, career, and social/emotional needs of each individual student must be served.  Counselors work closely with teachers, administrators and parents to create a positive atmosphere for learning.

Parental involvement is an important aspect of the district’s philosophy.  Counselors actively engage parents and community through district outreach opportunities.

The Guidance and Counseling Department of Whitehouse ISD, following the guidelines established by the Texas Legislature, requires all school counselors to assume the responsibilities for working with school faculty and staff, students, parents and the community to plan, implement and evaluate a Developmental Guidance and Counselling program. The Guidance and Counseling program shall include:

  • A Guidance Curriculum to help students develop their full educational potential.
  • A Responsive Services component to intervene on behalf of any student whose immediate personal concerns or problems put the students continued educational, career, personal or social development at risk.
  • An Individual Planning System to guide a student as the student plans, monitors and manages the student's own educational, career (including interests and career objectives), personal and social development; and academic success.
  • Indirect Student Services to support the efforts of teachers, staff, parents and other members of the community in promoting the educational, career, personal, and social development of students.
 
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Guidance Curriculum Focus




Intrapersonal Effectiveness (i.e., positive student self-concept, appropriate behavior to the situation and environment)

Interpersonal Effectiveness (i.e., appropriate and effective communication skills, effective conflict resolution skills, development of healthy relationships)

Post-secondary Planning and Career Readiness (i.e.,  motivation to succeed in personal endeavors, demonstration of career exploration skills, awareness of the importance of postsecondary education, understanding of the relationship of academics to the world of work and life at home in the community)

Personal Health and Safety (i.e., incorporation of wellness practices into daily living, demonstration of resiliency and positive coping skills, possession of assertiveness skills necessary for personal protection)

 

Whitehouse ISD School Counselors’ Qualifications



Whitehouse ISD school counselors hold a professional certificate in counseling issued by the Texas Education Agency on the recommendation of the college or university where the counselor has obtained a master's degree in counseling.

Counselors continually update their skills by attending workshops and conferences in an effort to further their education in areas such as trauma and loss, conflict resolution, crisis management, educational planning and student development.

 

School Counselor Contact Information

For email information see Counseling Staff Page




Brown Elementary                      Cain Elementary

903-839-5610                                903-839-5600



Higgins Elementary                    Stanton-Smith Elementary

903-839-5580                                903-839-5730



Holloway Sixth Grade                Whitehouse Jr. High

903-839-5656                                903-839-5593



Whitehouse High School

903-839-5527


Director of Counseling Services
 
Leigh Anne Barber, LPC-S
903-839-5500