Guidance Counseling

The Upper School Guidance Counseling Department supports Lovett's efforts to celebrate and honor the whole child. Our goals are to educate, counsel, and connect students, parents, faculty, and staff. We provide opportunities and support for strengthening social and emotional development, deepening connections with each other and appreciating each individual's unique self. We are a safe place and resource for members of the Lovett community.
 

Health Programs

Upper School Guidance Counselors, Kelley Greer and Chase Jones, along with Adolescent Health Educator, Ursula Christie, teach health to Lovett ninth graders during their P.E. classes. Topics include:

  • Introduction to Upper School Counseling
  • Brain Drain
  • Addiction
  • Alcohol
  • Gaming
  • OTC/Prescription/Internet Drugs
  • Marijuana/Synthetic/Vaping/Nicotine
  • Mindfulness/Anxiety
  • Resiliency 
  • Refusal Skills

Peer Assistance and Leadership (PAL)

The Upper School Guidance Counselors facilitate a peer mentoring leadership group. This group of seniors, who were selected through an extensive and thorough interview process, is given opportunities to mentor freshmen at Lovett. The goals of the PAL program are for the students to 1) learn about themselves; 2) develop leadership and communication skills; 3) learn to mentor and lead others (with an emphasis on freshmen); and 4) learn how to help peers with problems.

  • Each senior PAL student is assigned to a 9th grade advisory group. It is their responsibility to meet regularly with their group to establish relationships with the freshman.

  • On Monday, August 14, over 170 freshmen entered the Wallace Gym for Freshmen Orientation. Orientation was led by senior PALs, Jeremy Crane, and counselors Kelley Greer and Chase Jones.

Programs for Grade 9

Thank Goodness I'm Female (T.G.I.F)
This club challenges 9th and 10th grade girls to ask, answer, and find solutions to questions, such as: What is the best thing about being a a girl? Have you ever been hurt by gossip? Has a friend ever posted something hurtful or untrue about you online? By talking to each other, the girls discover the many ways they are alike, as well as the issues/problems they have in common. Student leaders for this school year are seniors Emily Ann Martin and Schulyer Simons, and juniors True Gerarlds and Frannie Desloge.


"I Wish I Had Known . . .," September 22, 2017
 
To help the ninth graders with their transition to high school, the senior PALs lead the freshmen through an assembly that focuses on the underclassmen's academics, social relationships and extracurricular activities. The PALS share personal stories and messages related to what they wish they had known as freshmen. Our goal is for the freshmen to connect with the messages from the seniors and to make the most of their high school years.  


Cocoa and Cram, December 3, 2017

The PALs, along with 9th grade teachers, will help the freshmen begin to prepare for their final exams. The senior peer leaders will offer tips and strategies on how to effectively study and organize for finals as well as decrease stress.


Suicide Awareness, January 2017

Upper School guidance counselors will meet with the freshmen during a health class to discuss important issues regarding depression and suicide awareness.



Drug Education, February, 2018
A recovering addict shares with the freshmen her story of recovery from alcohol and drug addiction.

Programs for Grade 10

Thank Goodness I'm Female (T.G.I.F)
This club challenges 9th and 10th grade girls to ask, answer, and find solutions to questions, such as: What is the best thing about being a a girl? Have you ever been hurt by gossip? Has a friend ever posted something hurtful or untrue about you online? By talking to each other, the girls discover they many ways they are alike, as well as the issues/problems they have in common. 

SteerSmart, October 28, 2017 
The 10th graders will listen to a powerful presentation entitled "SteerSmart." This presentation by Lauren Winborne will highlight the consequences of bad choices while driving. The goal of this initiative is to help teens become safer, more responsible drivers.

"And the Conversations Continue," September 13, 14, & 15, 2017

A representative from FCD (Freedom for Chemical Dependency) will facilitate discussions with sophomores regarding substance use while incorporating strategies shown to be effective in shaping attitudes and beliefs regarding substance use.

 

Programs for Grade 11

Girls Mentor Group
The goal of this group is to provide opportunities for 11th and 12th grade girls to develop leadership and mentoring skills. By being selected to be a part of this group, the girls have opportunities to mentor younger girls and to become agents of positive change within the Lovett community. Our junior and senior girls work directly with girls in the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools in several ways including: 


  1. Mentoring middle school girls through the Girl Talk Program
  2. Mentoring 9th and 10th grade girls through regular small group discussions
  3. Mentoring new students in the Upper School

Boys Mentor Group
The goal of this group is to provide opportunities for 11th and 12th grade boys to develop leadership and mentoring skills. By being selected to be a part of this group, the boys have opportunities to mentor younger boys and to become agents of positive change within the Lovett community.

 

Senior Series for Grade 12

Girls Mentor Group
The goal of this group is to provide opportunities for 11th and 12th grade girls to develop leadership and mentoring skills. By being selected to be a part of this group, the girls have opportunities to mentor younger girls and to become agents of positive change within the Lovett community. Our junior and senior girls work directly with girls in the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools in several ways including: 

  1. Mentoring middle school girls through the Girl Talk Program
  2. Mentoring 9th and 10th grade girls through regular small group discussions
  3. Mentoring new students in the Upper School
Boys Mentor Group
The goal of this group is to provide opportunities for 11th and 12th grade boys to develop leadership and mentoring skills. By being selected to be a part of this group, the boys have opportunities to mentor younger boys and to become agents of positive change within the Lovett community. 
 

Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Knowing the Risks, TBD  
Dr. Haley talks to the seniors about knowing the risks of STD's. 

Transitioning to College: Understanding Depression and Mental Illness with Ray Kotwicki, January 24, 2018
Dr. Ray Kotwicki will talk to the seniors about issues surrounding depression and mental illness, and what they need to know as they begin their transition to college.

Keeping Yourself Safe at College, TBD
Seniors will hear about how to keep themselves safe at college as it relates to dating.

HAZE: The Movie, March 1, 2018
Seniors will watch and discuss this powerful documentary about binge drinking and its repercussions on college campuses.

Programs for Parents

TBD
A representative from FCD (Freedom from Chemical Dependency) will discuss substance use among teens—current trends and research as well as how to discuss alcohol and other drug-related issues with your children.

September 25, 2017: Event for 9th Grade Parents; 8:45-10:00 am; US 200
Freshmen Fact or Fiction: What Every 9th Grader Needs to Know.

August 28 & September 22, 2017: 9:45-10:45 am; Hendrix-Chenault Theater
SteerSmart's Lauren Winborne promotes safe driving among teens. (Note: parent should sit in the balcony.)

January 24, 2018: Parent Coffee; 8:00-9:30 am; US 200
Ray Kotwicki: Understanding Depression and Mental Illness 

February 1, 2018: 8:00-9:30 am 
A Family's Journey with Addiction: what are the warning signs and how do we keep our children safe? 

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