200 Hillvue Lane, Pittsburgh, PA 15237

PHONE: 412-366-2100


Chairperson: Bryan Kiggins

Email: bkiggins@northallegheny.org

Building: North Allegheny Intermediate

Phone: 412-369-5464


Philosophy:

The School Counseling Program is an integral part of the total North Allegheny educational process. The professional school counselor collaborates with other school professionals in helping students learn. A successful program requires the support and participation of all school personnel, parents, guardians, outside agencies, and the community at large.

Individuals possess within themselves the power to control the quality, growth, and satisfaction in their lives. Our counselors fulfill a vital role in helping students meet their personal, social, educational, and career needs. Through a comprehensive, developmental school counseling program, students are assisted in acquiring the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to become effective students, responsible citizens, productive workers, and lifelong learners. Counselors use their expertise to provide counseling, instruction, consultation, prevention, and intervention services to support the school’s academic mission, to enhance the learning process, and assist students in making informed positive choices fulfilling their personal potential.

The program’s ultimate goal is for all students to graduate with the competencies necessary to make self-directed, realistic, and responsible decisions, and to be successful contributors to a rapidly changing global society.

The North Allegheny School Counseling program is based on the following beliefs and principles:

  • All students have dignity and worth.
  • All students can learn, grow, and achieve.
  • Each child is unique and has his/her own developmental needs that impact learning.
  • The school counseling program supports the school’s academic mission by promoting and enhancing the learning process for all students through an integration of academic, career, and personal/social development.
  • Each student has certain educational responsibilities and rights.
  • The school counseling program is comprehensive and systematically implemented.
  • The school counseling program functions in collaboration with students, school staff, parents, guardians, and the community to ensure student success.
  • The school counseling program is managed by state certified counselors.
  • The Pennsylvania Standards for School Counseling Programs and the ASCA National Standards for Students shall set the standards for the school counseling program.
  • Professional School Counselors shall uphold the ethical standards specified by the state of Pennsylvania and prescribed by the American School Counselor Association and the American Counseling Association.
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