The Guidance Department at Florida Christian School was formally established during the 1999-2000 school year. Since its inception, its goal has been to provide comprehensive guidance services to students in Pre-K3 through 12th grade. At the present time, the department is staffed by two full- time counselors, a school counselor and a college counselor.
The counseling services encompass individual counseling, group counseling, classroom observation of students, and developmental guidance in the classrooms. The school counselor is available to support the students in all of their personal, social an academic needs on a daily basis. In addition, the school counselor visits the classrooms and implements Developmental Guidance on a selected topic designed for each grade level. A few of the topics addressed through Developmental Guidance in the classroom are: Rock the Test, to relieve test anxiety (3rd grade); Friendship Skills, The Torn Heart, (4th grade); Random Acts of Kindness (5th grade); Do the Right Thing (6th grade), Character Building Traits (7th grade); Independent Thinking through The Scholastic Magazine (8th grade); Career Assessment/College Planning (9th-12th grades), and a special project with 12th grade, Cascades, a simulated survival situation.
The school guidance counselors also provide consultation to parents, teachers, and administration on psycho-educational issues. Very often the counselors serves as a liaison between faculty, parents, students, and community mental health professionals. The Guidance and Counseling Department offers a variety of services to the parents. These services include: parenting seminars, family counseling, consultation, and referrals. The Guidance and Counseling Program also publishes articles regularly on a variety of parenting issues in The Declaration, the Florida Christian School newsletter.
Educational and career planning is addressed through our Naviance Program. The school counselor and the college counselor meet with each 9th grade student to begin the college planning process. Through Naviance, the students take a personality and career assessment with immediate results. Throughout the students four year high school journey, their process is tracked through the Naviance Program. The school counselor and the college counselor continue to provide assistance to the students throughout their four years of high school.
MARRIAGE AND FAMILY COUNSELING
Mrs. Janet Mattern has been head of our Guidance and Counseling Department since 1999. Continuing in this capacity, and to better serve our families, in August 2005, Mrs. Mattern completed a post Master’s Degree program and received a Graduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Thomas University. As a result of the completion of the program, and fulfilling all of the requirements for the State of Florida, Mrs. Mattern is now a registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern with the State of Florida Department of Health. During the school year, Mrs. Mattern’s office hours are from 7:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. here at Florida Christian School. After school, evening and summer appointments can be arranged at your convenience.
CHOOSING A COUNSELOR
Choosing a counselor is a very personal decision. It is important for you to make an informed choice. Only you can decide on a counselor that can best accommodate your counseling needs. Take the time to interview several counselors before making a final decision. Please note, the choice of counselor will be left up to the discretion of Florida Christian School in situations that would involve an evaluation by a school psychologist, and the return of a student to the school population.
A community counseling resource list has been compiled to assist you in the selection process. All of the counselors on this list have either been referred to us by others in the counseling community or we have had the opportunity to have a professional working relationship with them. For a copy of this list, please contact Mrs. Janet Mattern at the number or email below:
Contact Janet Mattern at the Guidance and Counseling Department at 305-226-8152 ext.251 or email JanetM@floridachristian.org.