As part of a Jesuit, Catholic, college preparatory school, the Guidance department concerns itself with the individual care and development of each student. The two major goals of the Guidance department are academic and personal counseling. Its first function is to assist students in making decisions that affect their education and to implement programs that will enable them to reach their full potential at this school. The goal is carried out by providing students at all levels with appropriate academic advising to supply them with the college and career information necessary for effective decision-making, and to provide counseling as it relates to school performance. Counselors offer academic counseling that deals with the student’s practical needs: study skills, student/teacher relationships, course selection, peer relationships, career information, testing, and college selection.
Its second function is to provide personal counseling on a short-term basis to enhance a student’s knowledge and acceptance of self, as well as to support him in understanding issues and solving problems. The department provides referrals for students and families to outside counseling agencies if the need for more lengthy or specialized services arises.
An important obligation of school counselors is to maintain the confidentiality of their relationships with students. School counselors are obliged not to disclose information that a student has shared within the context of the counseling relationship, unless such disclosures are necessary to protect the student from posing a serious threat to himself or to others.