Welcome to Hurffville Counseling!
School Counselors' Hours: 8:40am-3:55pmSchool CounselorsSchool 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. Under Multi-Tiered System of Supports, direct counseling services include: school-wide activities, classroom lessons, individual planning or counseling, group counseling sessions, referral to resources.
Department Vision/MissionThe District School Counseling Department is Building Better People by helping all students achieve school success and plan for their future.
- 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 to the school counselor. However, parents will be contacted for more intensive concerns, and you may communicate with the school counselor at the beginning of each school year if you do not want your child to participate in small group counseling sessions.
All About Our School Counselors!
Phone: 856-589-7459 Ext. 4004
Degrees and Certifications:
BA, Social Work - Rutgers University MA, Social Work - Rutgers University 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, Home Instruction coordinator, coordinates our Hurffville Huskies Awards which recognize students who exemplify good character, in addition to 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 more 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.
Phone: 856-589-8441 Ext. 4149
Degrees and Certifications:
BA, Psychology - University of Valley Forge MA, Counseling in Educational Settings - Rowan University Certification: School Counselor Activities: Anti-Bullying Specialist
Mrs. Erika Davis, School Counselor/Traveling Interventionist
This is my first year as a school counselor! I had the pleasure of interning at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School twice, during both my degree programs. I have earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Valley Forge and a Master’s Degree in Counseling in the Educational Setting from Rowan University. My passion lies in social emotional learning to all grade levels and providing students a voice from an early age.
I am looking forward to joining the Washington Township elementary counseling team and collaborating with parents, teachers, students, and staff at the schools where I will be working. I am excited about an awesome year with you and your child!