School Counselor

“Every behavior, in its context, makes sense.”

The primary goal of the school counselor is to promote student academic achievement.
students_staff_parents_counselorsThe counselor does not provide discipline. A counselor is an adult who acts as a student’s advocate. An advocate is someone who listens to what you have to say and helps you develop solutions. It doesn’t mean they can solve the problem for you; it does mean that you have a safe place you can go when you aren’t sure what to do. We provide academic, career and social/emotional development for ALL students.

School counselors provide services to students, parents, school staff and the community in accordance with the American School Counselor Association National Model (

Services are delivered through classroom instruction, individual counseling, group sessions, and teacher and parent consultation.  Services include, but are not limited to:

– Interpersonal skills (social/emotional support**)
– School success skills (academic support)
– Career awareness
– Parent and Teacher consultation

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**Please note that counseling in the school setting must be brief in nature. The school counselor maintains a referral list if outside therapy is needed or desired.

The information students share with the counselor is private and kept confidential. The counselor must get the student’s permission to share the information with parents or teachers. There are exceptions or conditions when the counselor must break confidentiality.
confidential*If the counselor believes the student is in danger
*If the counselor believes the  student presents a danger to  others.
*If the counselor believes the  student presents a danger to themselves.
*If a judge requires the counselor to share the information.
*If the counselor needs to consult with someone else to help the student.

Please visit our Counseling Resources for students, parents and staff.

Jim Cunningham, MA, LPC
Phone: 719-481-1950 x1722
Fax: 719-481-1948

Carrie Howarth, LSW
Phone: 719-481-1950 x1721
Fax: 719-481-1948

Phyllis McComb, MA, LPC
Phone: 719-481-1950 x1722
Fax: 719-481-1948


Emergency and Crisis Services

Crisis Text Line:
Text “CONNECT” to 741741
Colorado Crisis Services:
844-493-TALK (8255)
Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention Hotline:
National Hopeline Network:
1-800-442-HOPE (4673)
Linea Nacional de Esperanza:
24/7 Addiction Support (SAMHSA):
800-662-HELP (4357)

Counselor Tips

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Fear and Regulation

Managing Holiday Stress

The Homework Battle – Part I

The Homework Battle – Part II

Starting the Conversation

Adverse Childhood Experiences

Suicide Risk Factors