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School Counseling


In the interest of public health and as the result of Governor’s orders, all Virginia Public Schools, including HCPS, are closed for the duration of the school year. At this time, school counseling, school psychology, and school social work staff are telecommuting and will respond to emails and voicemails within 24 hours, Monday through Friday.


During school closure, if your child experiences an emergency, crisis, or is in need of immediate assistance please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. Please note that School-Based Mental Health Teams are not available to provide guidance, resources, or intervention services for mental health emergencies during school closure. In addition to contacting any private providers, Henrico Area Mental Health may be accessed at the following numbers: 804-727-8515 (between 8 am and 4:30 pm and share that you are seeking mental health services) or 804-727-8484 (emergency). 





Henrico County Public School’s approach to guidance and counseling is preventative and developmental. Classroom lessons and small groups are designed to help all students succeed academically and socially. The various components are summarized in this letter.


Part of the program includes visits by the counselor to your child’s classroom for planned, sequential guidance activities. Some of the topics addressed might be: understanding self, building positive self-concept, cooperation, getting along, bully-proofing, study & test-taking skills, decision making, character education, and career awareness.


Individual counseling is available to students at the request of parents, students, and teachers. When an individual session is deemed appropriate, parents are informed of the session, written permission is requested, and parental reinforcement of concepts introduced in the counseling session is encouraged.


Group counseling is available to all students and may be requested by parents, students or teachers. Parental permission letters are sent home prior to group participation. Groups will last approximately four to six weeks. Some possible groups are school success and organization, friendship, anger management, study skills, loss/grief, responsibility/choices, feelings, conflict resolution and separation/divorce. Please contact me if you are interested in having your child participate in one of these groups.


Materials used in counseling include worksheets, games, puppets, art media, bibliotherapy, and more. Please feel free to visit the guidance office and browse through any of the materials used in the counseling process.


• Consultation with parents, teachers, and support staff to discuss problems, which might be interfering with academic achievement, and to plan strategies for successful learning

• Coordination of different school-related activities such as: Career-awareness, which focuses on exploring students’ interests in the world of work and introducing them to various careers they may consider in the future. Conflict resolution program, where students are trained in learning how to solve problems in a non-violent manner.

When parents, teachers, and counselors work together, children see a consistency in their lives, which promotes success.

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