The School Counseling Department at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School practices ethical and professional standards in the implementation of a developmental counseling program that promotes Jesuit values and student success. One of the department’s goals is to provide care of each individual student (cura personalis). This approach capitalizes on each student's individual strengths to attain their academic and personal best.
The School Counselors work with students for the purpose of enacting positive changes in the areas of educational, social, emotional, and/or behavioral functioning. The counselors work through a variety of ways to maximize their effectiveness and impact on positive growth. These include individual counseling, small group counseling, family conferences, consultations with teachers, administrators and other school staff, classroom presentations, referrals to outside professionals and special events and projects.
The counselor implements a curriculum that is developmental, flexible and responsive to the specific trends and needs of his or her assigned grade level. Through this process an emphasis is made on character and value formation, decision-making skills, and personal awareness. The Counseling Department strives to strengthen our students' emotional skills to make them more adaptable and successful in attaining their future goals.
In addition, the counselors provide crisis counseling or responsive services when needed in order to help students overcome any obstacles that may interfere with their personal well-being and academic success.
The School Counseling Department supports the Jesuit goal of graduating young men who embody the principles of the “Grad at Grad.” These principles are the following: Open to Growth, Intellectually Competent, Religious, Loving, and Committed to doing Justice.