WELCOME TO THE NTHS COUNSELING DEPARTMENT
The NTHS Counseling Team is committed to continuing communication with students and families and keeping you up to date during remote learning and beyond. Email is the best form of communicating directly with your school counselor. We are happy to set up phone or video meetings during remote learning as well. When emailing to request a meeting, including details of when you are available and purpose of the meeting is helpful for scheduling purposes. We are trying our best to respond to emails within 24 - 48 hours. Thank you and we look forward to working with families and students.
Karyn Gunderson , Counselor (Last names A - C) 360-412-4816
Amy Lewis, Counselor (Last names D-H) 360-412-4571
Katie VandenBerg, Counselor (Last names I-Mo) 360-412-4814
Janna Bronemann, Counselor (Last names Mp-Sa) 360-412-4813
Morgan Wagner, Counselor (Last Names Sb-Z) 360-412-4815
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What is School Counseling?
- Mental Health Resources
- Senior Information (recommendation letters, transcripts)
- NTPS Services for Families
- Talking about Covid-19
- Article: Four things you can do to support your teen's mental health
According the American School Counselors Association, School Counselors are uniquely qualified to work with students to address and solve academic hardships, support social and emotional growth of students and assist with career and college readiness to prepare students for the world beyond.
Our goal as counselors at North Thurston High School is to provide a comprehensive school counseling program that attends to the personal/social, academic and college and career planning needs of students. Services provided by our department include: academic advising, group and individual social/emotional support, facilitating communication between students/families and teachers to support academic success, linking students an families to community resources, crisis intervention, career and college planning and student advocacy. We strive to ensure that all of our students are actively engaged in learning and are respectful and responsible problem solvers, enabling them to become productive members of the local and global community.
School counselors recognize their primary obligation for confidentiality is to the student but balance that obligation with an understanding of the family or guardians’ legal and inherent rights to be the guiding voice in their children’s lives (ASCA Code of Ethics) as well as abiding by legal and ethical standards.
- The role of the school counselor in regards to confidentiality is:
- To support the students right to privacy and protect confidential information received from students, the family, guardian and staff members
- To explain the meaning and limits of confidentiality to students in developmentally appropriate terms
- To inform students and the family of the limits to confidentiality when: Student poses a danger to self or others, Court ordered disclosure, Consultation with other professionals in support of the student i.e. colleagues, supervisors, treatment teams, and other support personnel
- To adhere to all laws protecting student records, health information, and special services (i.e., HIPAA, FERPA, IDEA)