School Counseling

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, St. John Vianney, 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.

The School Counseling Team:

  • Melissa Peterson Smith, LMSW, School Counseling Program Coordinator
  • Katie Hammond, LMSW (Immaculate Conception and St. Pius X)
  • Tandy Jackson, M.S.  (Holy Rosary and St. John Vianney)
  • Amanda Marshall, LMSW (St. Joseph School)
  • Laura Ross, MFT (St. Edward and St. Patrick)
  • Jennifer Washburn, LMSW (St. Ann)
  • Hannah Thomas, Graduate Student Intern

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Melissa Peterson Smith, LMSW, School Counseling Program Coordinator