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The Cristo Rey Network counseling program is designed to respond to the individual personal, academic, and family needs of each student. Students face enormous challenges that can impede their learning and growth, and we are focused on helping students overcome any obstacles they face during their high school experience.
Counselors address challenges that may arise in school, at home, or in the community. The counseling office helps families facing stress, guides every student through the college application process, and ensures that social, personal and academic support is provided to all students.
The goals of the counseling program are to:
- Provide quality counseling to students and families.
- Help educate families about parenting issues and problems that may arise between the student and his or her family.
- Provide students with an environment that is supportive of the whole range of human functioning – intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual. Students in turn will attend to each of these dimensions in the lives of their families, friends and the larger community.
- Network with other professionals and agencies in the community, and to further develop and expand a model by which counseling professionals can respond to community needs.
- Help each student become familiar with available resources and to enable each to become fully self-supporting.
Counselors coach students to develop attitudes and behaviors that will lead to successful learning. Students master time-management and task-management skills that will enable them to improve learning. As a result, students develop an ability to work independently and to act cooperatively with others.
Counselors aim for students to understand that work is an important and satisfying means of personal expression and an opportunity to set career goals for themselves. Students learn to understand the relationship between educational achievement and career success. Upon graduating from Cristo Rey, it is the counseling department’s goal that students are ready for college and thinking about what they wish to do after college.
Finally, counselors teach students to apply effective problem-solving and decision-making skills to make safe and healthy choices. Counselors help students to develop effective coping skills, a positive attitude toward self as a unique and worthy person, and an appreciation of the unique and diverse personalities of others.