The Public Schools of Brookline provides a comprehensive school counseling program (K-12) that promotes academic, college/career, and social/emotional growth for all students.
Effective school counseling programs are a collaborative effort between the school counselor, families, community stakeholders and other educators to create an environment resulting in a positive impact on student achievement. Education professionals, including school counselors, value and respond to the diversity and individual differences in our societies and communities in culturally sensitive and responsive ways. Comprehensive school counseling programs in both the brickand-mortar and virtual settings ensure equitable access to opportunities and rigorous curriculum for all students to participate fully in the educational process. We are committed to ensuring that students are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills needed to be effective and responsible citizens, productive workers, and life-long learners as members of a changing society.
School counselors focus their skills, time and energy on direct and indirect services to students.
Direct Services With Students
Direct services are face-to-face or virtual interactions between school counselors and students and include the following:
- School counseling core curriculum
- Individual student planning
- Responsive services
- Short-term individual counseling
- Small group counseling
Indirect Services for Students
Indirect services are provided on behalf of students as a result of the school counselors’ interactions with others including:
- Referrals for additional assistance
- Consultation and collaboration with families, teachers, other educators and community organizations
- Other activities that fall in line with the appropriate duties of a school counselor
For more information, please view these American School Counseling Association resources:
- Comprehensive School Counseling Programs
- The Essential Role of Elementary School Counselors
- The Essential Role of Middle School Counselors
- The Essential Role of High School Counselors
The following programs also fall under the School Counseling and Clinical Services Department:
- Section 504
- School Counseling Curriculum
- McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance
- Home/Hospital Instruction and Re-Entry
- Community Counseling Information
- Family Lecture Series
Visit the PSB School Counseling website to access a variety of resources, activities, and tools that caregivers can use at home to support the social-emotional learning (SEL) and mental health of their children.
Maria C. Letasz, Ed.D
Director of Guidance and Clinical Services, PK-12
Matthew DuBois, Ph.D., NCSP
Assistant Director of Guidance, Clinical Services, and Social-Emotional Learning, K-8
Coordinator of Guidance and Counseling, BHS