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Department of School Counseling and Related Services

Ms. Mary J. McAdam
District Office
732-376-6200 ext 30160
High School Counseling Department
Perth Amboy High School
732-376-6030 ext 23-434
School Counselors provide guidance and counseling in the areas of social/personal, educational and career development at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Student Assistance Counselors (SAC’s) at the middle and high school level provide counseling to students who are at risk or affected by drug and/or alcohol abuse.
Department Mission Statement: 

The Perth Amboy School District School Counseling and Related Services Program maximizes and supports student achievement through a comprehensive and developmentally appropriate program that addresses the academic, career and personal/social growth of ALL students.  In partnership with students, staff, parents/guardians and the community, school counselors assist ALL students in acquiring the competencies needed for college readiness and success in a global society.


Role of the School Counselor:
School counselors provide counseling in the following areas
Classroom Guidance
  1.  Academic skills support
  2. Organizational, study and test-taking skills
  3. Post-secondary planning and application process
  4. Career planning
  5. Education in understanding self and others
  6. Coping strategies
  7. Peer relationships and effective social skills
  8. Communication, problem-solving, decision-making, conflict resolution and study skills
  9. Career awareness and the world of work
  10. Substance abuse education
  11. Multicultural/diversity awareness
Individual Student Planning
  1.  Goal setting
  2. Academic plans
  3. Career plans
  4. Problem solving
  5. Education in understanding of self, including strengths and weaknesses
  6. Transition plans
Responsive Services
  1. Individual and small-group counseling
  2. Individual/family/school crisis intervention
  3. Peer facilitation
  4. Consultation/collaboration
Referrals System Support
  1.  Professional development
  2. Consultation, collaboration and teaming
  3. Program management and operation
What is a School Counselor?
What is a SAC?
Working with Parents/Guardians
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“School Counselors Making A Difference”