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What does the Counselor do?

School Counselors...

  • Talk with individual students
  • Meet with students in small counseling groups
  • Visit classrooms to teach lessons about skills that help students in school and out of school
  • Coordinate school-wide guidance programs
  • Consult with parents, teachers, administrators, and outside agencies


Guidance lessons are presented in each classroom on a rotating basis throughout the year. The curriculum, which is provided to all students, is proactive, preventative, and developmental.

Guidance Lesson Topics:



Conflict Resolution Skills 

Test-taking skills 

Study Skills 

Career Guidance 


Problem solving 




Small group counseling is part of Hopewell Public Schools' comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Program. Small groups are formed based upon the needs of students, as well as requests from parents and teachers. Each small group runs for approximately 10 weeks. The groups meet during resource periods and typically contain 3 to 6 students. If there are not enough children for a particular group, the group will be postponed or will not be offered.

Harry E. James' school counseling groups provide an environment in which students have the opportunity to practice their skills, explore their ideas and feelings, and learn coping skills. School counseling groups do not take the place of outside counseling services. The school counselor's role is to offer support, not therapy. However, the counselor can provide help for locating outside agencies whenever a parent feels their child may benefit from professional therapy.


 Counseling groups offered:

  • BANANA SPLITS CLUBS - These groups are for students whose family structure has changed due to separation, divorce or remarriage. Students will gain support from other students dealing with similar issues and learn how to manage feelings resulting from their family situations.
  • FRIENDSHIP GROUPS - These groups are geared toward giving students skills which will assist them in making and keeping friends, handling teasing/bullying, managing angry feelings, and building self-esteem.
  • SCIENCE AND MATH CLUB- These groups are designed to provide encouragement and to promote interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers. Students work with their hands and use problem-solving skills to build projects. There is also an emphasis on teamwork and science concepts.
Other groups can be made available based upon requests made by teachers, parents, and/or students. Possible topics could be a new baby in the family, study skills, incarceration of a family member, children who have a family member with alcohol or drug abuse problems, etc.

We also provide recommendations for behavior support services that work with students during the school day. Stop by the school to speak with Ms. Jones for more information.