• Welcome to the Hurffville Counselors' Corner!

    School Counselor
    School counselors have Master's Degrees and are professionally trained in the three domains of school counseling: academic success, career readiness, and social/emotional development. Click here for the American School Counselor Association description of the elementary school counselor.
     
    Mission Statement
    The mission of the WTPS's Elementary Counseling Department is to provide a comprehensive school counseling program that addresses positive character traits, as well as social, organizational and problme solving skills. The school counselor will work in partnership with administration, other educators, parnets/guardians, and the community to help students meet their academic potential. 
     
    Student Assistance Counselor (SAC)
    Click here for the Association of the Student Assistance Professionals of New Jersey role
    According to a very strict Federal Regulation (42 CFR), the Student Assistance Counselor cannot disclose to anyone any information that a student discusses with them, without the permission of the student. There are only two exceptions to this law. The first is in instances where the student expresses the desire to hurt himself/herself or another person. The second exception involves situations of abuse. In both cases the SAC is obligated to inform school or legal personnel.

    However, there are a few exceptions to this law.  If a student tells the SAC that he/she wishes to hurt him/herself or anyone else, actions must be taken to prevent this from happening.  Also, if a student discloses that abuse is happening to him/her, the SAC counselor has the obligation to report the abuse.

    With this confidentiality law, students feel more comfortable disclosing information to their counselors.  In most cases holding information in and letting it build can have a detrimental effect.  The SAC gives the students the opportunity to vent in a safe place where they know the information will not leave the office.

    All About Our Staff! 

Mrs. Larissa Fanning, School Counselor

Phone: 856-589-7459 Ext.4004

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

MSW Certification: School Counselor

Mrs. Larissa Fanning, School Counselor

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you and your child/children to this school.  As the school counselor, I will be teaching lessons in the classroom and providing small groups and/or counseling on an individual basis.  The areas we will focus on include enhancing a student’s self-esteem, improving decision-making skills, friendship skills, conflict resolution techniques and helping with the formation of adequate interpersonal relationships.  It is quite possible that your child will be seen by me at some time during the school year. These contacts are efforts to assist children to grow in various areas of development.  Sometimes, a student needs to talk or work on an issue in one or two meetings other times a child may need to visit on a more regular basis. Since the counseling program is designed to be a positive approach of student contact, you should not be unduly concerned. If a problem does exist, however, that is felt warrants parent notification, you will be contacted directly.   I look forward to working with you and your children.

Mr. Alex Illas, SAC

Phone: Extension 5351

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Certification: SAC

Mr. Alex Illas, SAC