Guidance Counselor


OLPH School Counseling Program
Where Students Grow Spiritually, Socially, Academically and Personally

 Mrs. Amy McLaughlin
amclaughlin@olphschool.org
410-744-4251 ext. 202

Referral Forms
Bullying Prevention/Safety Information

Program Foundation:

The counseling program is established to offer students opportunities through classroom lessons, guest speakers, lunch groups, etc. to learn to become well-rounded and successful individuals. Character building exercises will enhance their individual personalities and overall development. The counselor will also work with the teachers creating cross- curriculum activities. The program will be made up of four essential components that build the foundation for an individual. These components are academic, social/personal, occupational and spiritual.

  • Academically – The counseling program domain of academia will teach and incorporate skills that allow for students to expand their knowledge and ability to learn. They will learn about their personal learning styles, study skills, note taking skills, academic abilities, and the value of learning.
  • Social/Emotional – The counseling program domain of social/emotional will teach students the importance of relationships with their individual selves, their families, their friends and their community. Students will learn important skills to deal with conflict, differences, how to act appropriately and how to make appropriate relationships.
  • Career/Occupational – The counseling program domain of career/occupational will teach students the importance of finding a profession that meets their interests and in which they can succeed and accomplish goals. Students will be introduced to career possibilities through career development lessons and a career day with members from the community.
  • Spirituality – The counseling program domain of spirituality will work with students on creating a deeper relationship with God and foundation in their Catholic faith. Students will be given opportunities to get more involved in their community and expressions of faith.

Program Goals:

  1. The counseling program will help students grow, learn and live a successful life.
  2. The counseling program will foster a safe and enriching environment for emotional and spiritual stability of the students.
  3. The counseling program will implement programs that will allow for students to expand their knowledge.
  4. The counseling program will create a foundation for all students to prosper in their academic, emotional/social, spiritual, and future occupational lives.
  5. The counseling program will incorporate skills to teach students to cope with the world around them.
  6. The counseling program will teach students the values of self-awareness, decision making, and self-growth.
  7. The counseling program will work closely with teachers to create a positive community where students can develop a stronger relationship with God and begin a reflection of Catholic values related to daily life.

What does a Counselor do?

A Counselor…

  • Helps students grow in all aspects of their lives
  • Visits the classroom to help students understand themselves and others
  • Works with small groups on academic and social dynamics
  • Meets with students to help them adjust to school
  • Talks with parents and teachers on ways to help the students
  • Helps individuals who need someone to talk to
  • Works with everyone to better the school environment

When should a student see the counselor?

When the student…

  • Has good news to share
  • Is having trouble with friends or peers
  • Is having trouble with school work or tests
  • Is having trouble at home
  • Needs someone to talk to
  • Is referred by a teacher or parent for a check in

How does a student see the counselor individually?

Students can see the counselor individually if…

  • The teacher asks the counselor to see the student
  • A parent contacts the counselor to see their child
  • The student asks their teacher to see the counselor
  • The student stops by the counselor office
  • The student sees the counselor and asks for a meeting time
  • The student leaves a note for the counselor in her mailbox