Counseling Department Services

What is a school counselor? - click for larger image
School counselors have many roles. They help students in a collaborative way with educational and career planning as well as personal or social concerns they may have during their school-age years. They are advocates for students, while addressing the development of the whole student to support his/her success in school. Counselors work together with parents, teachers, and the community to meet established goals for all students.

What qualifications are needed to become a counselor?
Qualifications vary from state to state. In Pennsylvania, School Counselors must have a Master’s degree in School Counseling and be certified by the PA Department of Education as a School Counselor.

What services do school counselors provide?
Specific services vary according to the age of the student served. However, there are some common services offered at all levels such as:

  • Individual counseling
  • Group counseling
  • Career counseling
  • Academic counseling
  • Crisis counseling
  • Consultation
  • Referrals for additional service
  • Classroom guidance lessons
  • Conflict resolution/Mediation
  • Collaboration with stakeholders

The Waynesboro Area Senior High School has four counselors.  Doug Crist is the counselor for the Class of 2019. Kylie Shaul is the counselor for the Class of 2022. Carla Kringer is the counselor for the Class of 2021 and Amanda Raudabaugh is the counselor for the Class of 2020.

At the high school level, the comprehensive, developmental counseling program focuses on academic success, personal/social development, and preparing for life after graduation. To accomplish this, the Senior High Counseling Department coordinates activities, instruction, and guidance that include:

  • Peer Tutors to work with students one-on-one
  • Group lessons that link interests and abilities to life goals
  • Educational planning and course selection assistance 
  • Assist students in tracking their graduation requirements
  • Individual career counseling
  • Preparation for college entrance (PSATs, SATs, ACTs, college recommendations)
  • Resource Room materials including college and technical school catalogs, scholarship applications and information, computer workstations, and other resources to help students plan for life after high school
  • Parent/Student evening programs providing information on pertinent topics like Course Selection, Financial Aid, and How to Succeed in High School.

Students are encouraged to stop in and make an appointment through Ms. Helfrick at any time when they have personal, career, or academic issues that they want to discuss.

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