MENTAL & SOCIAL: COUNSELING, PSYCHOLOGICAL AND SOCIAL SERVICES
Support a healthy school through programs and services that value the social and emotional well-being of students, families and staff.
The services should improve students' mental, emotional, and social health. These services include individual and group assessments, interventions, and referrals. Organizational assessment and consultation skills of counselors and psychologists contribute not only to the health of students but also to the health of the school environment. Professionals such as certified school counselors, psychologists, and social workers provide these services. School and Community Staff can use the NC Standard of Course of Study for Counselor Education as a resource for classroom instruction.
School counseling programs in North Carolina assist all students in pre-K through 12 with educational, personal, social, and career development goals. While some specific activities and services may differ as counseling programs progress from the primary to the secondary levels, these essentials of school counseling programs are consistent throughout all grades. The purpose of a comprehensive school-counseling program is threefold: providing developmental, preventive, and remedial services to students, parents, and teachers with the intent of helping people reach their potential.
Child Abuse Prevention
Child abuse and neglect rarely stop without help from outside the immediate family. Law mandates North Carolina citizens to report suspected child abuse and neglect to the Department of Social Services in the county where the child lives. You can make a report without giving your name. To learn about the signs of child abuse, visit the Prevent Child Abuse NC website. You can make a report of child abuse by calling, writing, or visiting your county Department of Social Services, the Child Protective Services Division. The address and phone number can be found in the front of your local phone book in the county government section, or by calling 1-800-354-KIDS or 1-919-733-2580. A social worker will listen to you and take down all the information you give.