School-Based Services

Catholic Charities provides counselors to seven PreK-8 schools in the Diocese, including St. Edward, St. Joseph, St. Ann, St. Patrick, St. Pius, Holy Rosary, and Immaculate Conception.

We serve students through:

  • Individual counseling
  • Group Therapy or Workshops: examples include grief and loss, divorce, military families, making friends, anxiety.
  • Crisis counseling and intervention
  • Classroom workshops for social-emotional development: examples include emotional regulation, mindfulness, kindness, anti-bullying, empathy, conflict resolution, etc.

We serve families through:

  • Consultations and referral
  • Family sessions for students who are clients
  • Parenting resources and workshops

We serve teachers through:

  • Consultations for teachers and principals on addressing social, emotional, or behavioral concerns in the classroom
  • Training or education on issues like trauma, identifying and reporting abuse, suicide prevention, bullying, etc.

School-Based Services Team:

  • Melissa Smith, LMSW, Clinical Program Manager
  • Julie Bolles, LMSW, Compliance Program Manager
  • Meg Braun, MSSW (St. Patrick School)
  • Tandy Jackson, LPC (Holy Rosary Academy)
  • Amanda Marshall, LMSW (St. Joseph School and St. Pius X Academy)
  • Laura Ross, MFT (St. Edward School)
  • Jennifer Washburn, LMSW (St. Ann School)


Contact Us
Melissa Peterson Smith, LMSW, Clinical Program Manager
Related Information

Some additional pages on our website you might find valuable.

Emotional Support
HOPE Program