The mission of the School Counseling Department is to help students make the most of their high school years. Students are invited to come to the Counseling Office for help in planning their schedules, learning how to study, resolving personal problems, rectifying conflicts and exploring or planning for college and careers.
Every student is assigned a counselor when they enroll at West Catholic. Counselors are assigned to students based on their last name. Additionally, all foreign exchange students are managed by one counselor. The chart below illustrates the counselor assignments.
|Last Name (A-L)||Diane Ysasi|
|Last Name (M-Z)||Brittany DeWitt|
|Foreign Exchange Students||Brittany DeWitt|
School Counseling Services at West Catholic
The West Catholic Counseling Department offers a variety of services for students in the areas of academic, personal-social and career interests. Counselors employ the standards and guidelines set by the American School Counselors Association.
Understanding the School Counselors Role
Per the American School Counselors Association (ASCA) guidelines: "School counselors are certified/licensed educators with a minimum of a master's degree in school counseling, making them uniquely qualified to address all students’ academic, career and social/emotional development needs by designing, implementing, evaluating and enhancing a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes and enhances student success." To learn more about the role of the school counselor, visit the ASCA website.
Statement of Disclosure
The American Counseling Association and the American School Counselor Association endorse a code of ethics for counselors which includes confidentiality of the counselor/counselee relationship. The school counselors respect the rights and responsibilities of parents for their children and try to establish a cooperative relationship with parents in the best interest of their children. Michigan law requires counselors to report to the appropriate parties (1) suspicion of child abuse or neglect and (2) indications that the student may be a danger to himself/herself or others.