Welcome to the Guidance Department

Find up to date information on our AH School Counselors Facebook Page. This information can also be found on this page High School Counselors: Mr. Peter Smith- Director Mrs. Susan Corwin Mrs. Lynn Spangenberg Mrs Cindy Copley-Crisis Intervention Ms. Amanda Nitowski- Career Counselor Mrs. Donna McCreary

Welcome to the Guidance Department

Middle School Counselors: Mrs Stacey Bamford Mrs Katie Milillo

Mr Morgan Craig

Ms Alexis Johnson

Welcome to the Guidance Department

Elementary School Counselors: Mrs. Jacquelyn Gaidula Newton- Ransom Mr. Jason Munley Clarks Summit

Mrs Lindsay Hickey

Waverly, South Abington

Paying for College/Vocational Education

4 days ago

Highly Recommended Reading for Students and Parents on the topics of Emotional Intelligence, Resilience, Positive Psychology, and Goal Setting

4 days ago

The Optimistic Child: A Proven Program to Safeguard Children Against Depression and Build Lifelong Resilience

Goalsbook: Embracing Personal Responsibility in an Age of Entitlement 

The Optimistic Child: A Proven Program to Safeguard Children Against Depression and Build Lifelong Resilience

Drug and Alcohol Resources for Students and Parents

4 days ago

Online Therapy for Addictions Counseling: https://www.onlinetherapy.com/addiction-counseling/

Finding  substance use/abuse counseling for adolescents can be difficult in our area of the state. This website has some recommendations for online counseling services


60 Digital Resources for Addressing Substance Use Disorders, Addiction and Recovery: 

For those who experience addiction, there is no magic switch for living substance free. Recovery is a process that includes daily mental and physical challenges, as well as setbacks. But with sustained support from peers, friends, family and professionals such as social workers and counselors, addiction recovery can succeed. OnlineMSWPrograms.com gathered a list of organizations and digital resources that support individuals working toward recovery and that offer advice to their families, friends and communities on how to aid in the process. 

Please follow these links to view an excellent discussion regarding drug and alcohol use and abuse in our community and guidance for those who wish to seek help. This panel discussion took place at our high school with the 10th and 11th grade students. Dr. Lauren Hazzouri moderated the discussion which included Kevin McLaughlin (CEO of Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services), Vince Carolan (private therapist), Shane Scanlon (Lackawanna Country District Attorney), and Paul Keeler (District Magistrate).

Students received an informational brochure providing guidance on how to take the first steps to addressing a problem. If you wish to receive a copy of this brochure or have questions or concerns, please contact the High School Guidance Department at 570-585-5306.

 

https://youtu.be/wlFRn0E8OL8

As a follow-up to our Drug and Alcohol Panel Discussion we invited a nationally renowned speaker, Jeff Yalden, to talk to students about making good decisions and adopting a positive outlook. With Mr. Yalden's permission we are able to offer you a recorded session of one of his talks. Mr. Yalden's presentation was powerful and very well received by our teachers and staff. We hope you enjoy it.

 

https://youtu.be/OFotA15unbA

 

What to do if you have a problem with drugs? This is a very informative link written for adults, but certainly is relevant to anyone who may be wondering whether or not they have a problem and if so where to start when it comes to asking for help.

ADHD and Addiction-What is the risk? Studies suggest that there may be a link between having ADHD and being at risk for developing a substance abuse disorder. This resource is informative and well-written. However, it is important to note that the Abington Heights School District does not advocate or endorse any drug and alcohol treatment facility or program. This link is posted solely for its information which could be helpful for students and parents.

Perfectionism and Addiction- as our children strive toward that dream school or career, we should help teach them to create balance. This article talks about the link between perfectionism and addiction.

The Risk of Addiction in the Transgender Community

10 Reasons to Stay Sober