• 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. 

    The school counselor's role is to provide a comprehensive school counseling program for Hurffville School.  This involves helping all students to learn social-emotional skills designed to help students reach their full academic potential.  Lessons are taught in the classroom throughout the year and small groups and/or individual counseling are also provided.

    School based counseling is designed to be a short-term intervention where various developmentally appropriate skills are taught and reinforced. The school counselor's role is not designed to provide therapy or long-term counseling in the school.  However, counselors can assist with providing referrals for families seeking community based resources to support therapeutic, family based, or mental health needs.  Since the counseling program is designed to be a positive, proactive approach to student contact, you need not be unduly concerned if your child tells you about visits with the school counselor.  However, parents will be contacted for more intensive concerns, and you may communicate with the school counselor in the beginning of each school year if you do not want your child to participate in small group counseling sessions.  

     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

As the school counselor, Mrs. Fanning's role is to provide a comprehensive school counseling program for Hurffville School.  This involves helping all students to learn social-emotional skills designed to help students reach their full academic potential.  Mrs. Fanning teaches lessons in the classroom throughout the year and provides short-term small groups and/or individual counseling.  She also serves as the 504 Coordinator, the Intervention and Referral Service (I&RS) Team Leader, the Site Test Coordinator for State and OLSAT Testing, coordinates our Hurffville Huskies Awards which recognize students who exemplify good character, coordinates the Hurffville Heroes Community Service Program, and serves on the OLWEUS team, in addition to other various other responsibilities. 

Mrs. Fanning is a Certified Elementary School Counselor who obtained her undergraduate and master degrees in Social Work from Rutgers, The State University in Livingston NJ, and her Certification for Elementary School Counseling from Eastern University.  Her education included internships as a domestic violence counselor and sexual assault therapist.  Upon graduating, she served as an outpatient psychotherapist at a community mental health center, a therapist and supervisor of a residential home for at-risk adolescents, a non-child study team school social worker and then a school counselor for children attending school in one of New Jersey's most economically disadvantaged municipalities, prior to joining Washington Township Public Schools as the School Counselor for Hurffville School in 2012.  School Counseling is her dream job and she looks forward to continuing in this role here at Hurffville. 

Mr. Alex Illas, SAC

Phone: Extension 5351

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Certification: SAC

Mr. Alex Illas, SAC

Mr. Illas works as the Student Assistance Counselor (SAC) at Hurffville Elementary School on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as at Chestnut Ridge Middle School on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Immediately out of high school, Mr. Illas enlisted in the United States Navy and received an Honorable Discharge after serving on active duty for 7 years.  Later, he earned his AAS Degree in Law Enforcement from GCC.  Next, he transferred to Rowan and earned his BA in Law and Justice, '92.  Subsequently, Mr. Illas returned to Rowan Grad School and achieved his SAC Certification.

Previously, he was a SAC at another school within Gloucester County, this after retiring from a career in law enforcement.  Five years ago, Mr. Illas's wife and he moved to Oklahoma where he worked as a Supervisor for American Airlines, Tech Ops.  In 2015, they moved back to the Garden State and Mr. Illas was hired by the WTPS BOE for this role.

Mr. Illas's goal is to do his best to ensure that students have the BEST chance at remaining safe, healthy, and drug free.  To achieve this goal, he will work with administration, teaching staff, counselors, as well as parents.