there a fee for service?
The On-Campus Counseling Program is free of charge
on the seven school campuses we serve.
How are services
Services can be accessed in several ways. The most common
method is for your child to be referred to ACS by the
guidance counselor on your child’s school campus.
Students can refer themselves by visiting the ACS office
on their campus or by contacting the ACS Site Director.
Parents can also refer their children. Contact
an ACS Site Director.
How are On-Campus
counselors different from guidance counselors?
Guidance counselors are specially trained to address
the academic needs of the students. They most commonly
focus on issues regarding scheduling, academic planning,
teacher concerns and special education. ACS On-Campus
counselors are marriage and family therapy interns who
are specially trained to address the emotional needs
of the students. These counselors most commonly focus
on issues the student is facing outside of the school
which may be impacting his or her academic functioning.
On-Campus counselors also address the issues the student
may be facing inside the school, such as bullying and
peer conflict. On-Campus counselors hold weekly therapy
sessions to help students work through these issues,
as well as provide counseling for students experiencing
immediate crises. Read more about the On-Campus
ACS places Marriage and Family Therapist interns, Social
Work interns, and Psychologist interns on each of the
campuses to provide therapy for students and families
in need of services. These interns are either: working
toward earning their MA/MS or PhD in Psychology or a
related field, or have already earned their degree and
are in the process of completing the 3000 hours needed
to become licensed therapists. Each intern is closely
supervised by a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
(LMFT), a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), or
a Licensed Psychologist (PhD) 1 to 3 hours per week.
Do you have
evening hours or after school hours?
The On-Campus Counseling Program is in operation
during school hours. However, interns are available
by appointment directly before school and immediately
after school, for families unable to come during school
Do you provide
counseling in Spanish, Cantonese or other languages?
Some campuses do provide counseling in a variety
of languages. Contact
the ACS Site
Director on your campus
for more information on the availability of bilingual
counseling on your school campus.
Does ACS provide
Yes. The On-Campus Counseling Program provides
family counseling to the families of students on our
campuses, based on the discretion of the therapist working
with the family and the family’s availability.
Is the information
shared during a counseling session really confidential?
As with any therapeutic relationship, all information
shared during the counseling session is confidential,
with the exception of safety concerns. These exceptions
are clearly explained during the first meeting with
the client and/or client’s family. These exceptions
extend to the intern’s supervisor and the school
campus’ Human Service Team as needed.