Our Services for Preschool through 12th Grade
Our staff counselors and interns are available full time throughout the school year for all students from Preschool to 12th grade in the following capacities:
- individual counseling
- group counseling
- classroom support and presentations
- resource or referral guide
- college/career support
- Jennifer L. Jackson-Gustafson, M.A., LPC, School Counselor and College and Career Guidance
- Benjamin De Nooy, M.A., NCC, School Counselor
- Mary Dominguez, Counseling Intern, – Currently going for a Masters in Clinical Mental Health through Denver Seminary.
Our Vision: The School Counseling Program considers the development of the whole child our main focus. School counselors employ a developmental approach that addresses the general stages and tasks that most individuals experience as they mature from childhood to adulthood. Our goal for all of our students each year is that they interact with the counseling program in any of the opportunities we offer.
Our Process: School counselors work directly with administrators, faculty, parents/guardians and professional community resources in order to meet the specific needs of students. All students may meet with the school counselor on an “as needed” basis as various issues arise. Appointments may be arranged by students themselves or in response to requests from parents/guardians, faculty and/or other students who report concerns. School-based counseling is intended to be brief and oriented towards immediate problem solving or crisis intervention. If initial meetings with a student indicate that more intensive, ongoing counseling is needed, the student will be referred to an outside professional. Although parents/guardians may not be advised of every student-counselor interaction, they will always be notified when there is any question of student safety. Parents will also be notified if there are more than two meetings with a student where a plan of action needs to be determined.
Our College Guidance and Career Program: The goal of the College Counseling Department for Denver Christian School is to work with students to find the best option for them in their post high school development including college, military or vocational school. This requires progressive steps individualized to each student’s needs and regular communication with students, parents and school staff.
High school students, especially those in 11th and 12th grade, will be offered guidance to understand the college admission process and make informed decisions for themselves. Methods may include individual meetings with counselors, group meetings, networking with outside resources, college fairs and meetings with recruiters. The goal is met when students feel empowered to make the most appropriate and informative choice in their post high school plans whether that is college, university, trade school, military, etc. Students will graduate with a sense of ownership and excitement to begin to build the foundation for their future personal and academic goals.