Counseling Services

ChiArts believes it is essential to support the growth of the whole student.  This includes assistance with skills that helps one to reach their goals in school, preparation for life after high school, and supporting their social and emotional growth during high school.  To that end, ChiArts has created the Counseling Services Department, comprised of a Post-Secondary Adviser, Academic Counselor, and Clinical Counselor.  This team of professionals supports students beyond the classroom and conservatory in areas that benefit students’ ability to work towards fulfillment and self-actualization.

The Counseling Services Department is available to all ChiArts students and services are delivered in a variety of ways including school assemblies, classroom seminars, counseling groups, individual counseling/advising sessions, interventions, and referrals for additional services.  Topics of discussion are wide and vary based on need.  Many of these services are built into the structure and curriculum of the school.  Clinical counseling services are an added support and not all students will need or access them.  These services include individual and/or group counseling services, along with referrals for services outside of school.

Confidentiality is a key feature of the counseling experience.  The information discussed during counseling sessions will not be shared with anyone, except in situations required by court of law.  These situations include, but are not limited to, cases where a child is in danger of harming him/herself or others, and reports of abuse, suspected abuse or medical neglect.  Parents and guardians are encouraged to reach out to the Counseling Services Department with questions and/or concerns regarding the well-being of their child.

Michael S. Bruner, LCPC
Clinical Counselor
mbruner@chiarts.org
Hours: 8am-4pm

  • Responsible for overseeing the mental health of all adolescents who attend ChiArts.
  • Provide students, and their families, with a safe supportive space
  • Provide counseling for students experiencing psychological distress.
  • Assess students in a state of emotional crisis.
  • Advise on issues relating to mental health as they pertain to student life in school.
  • Consult with stakeholders in order to meet student mental health needs.
  • Organize programming, speakers, training, and professional development regarding mental health and social emotional growth.
  • Refer students and families to outside mental health services when appropriate, assist with the transition to and from such services, and coordinate care with outside providers
  • Facilitate process and psycho-educational counseling groups for students based on the needs of the student population.

Kaitlyn Curta, LPC, NCC
Academic Counselor
kcurta@chiarts.org
Hours: 9am-5pm

  • Work with students, parents, teachers & staff to help support student academic growth, including the development of executive functioning and self-advocacy skills.
  • Response to Intervention (RTI) Coordinator
    • Work with Grade Level Teams to track data
    • Help coordinate interventions
  • Oversee 9th-10th Grade Advisory Structure
  • Part of Scheduling Team
    • Coordinate student requests
    • Help build master schedule
  • Coordinate work completion plan for students with extended, medically excused absences
  • Credit Recovery Coordinator
  • Complete transfer student applicant academic reviews
  • Determine admitted transfer student schedule placement
  • Service Learning Coordinator
    • Pre-approves all project ideas
  • National Honor Society Adviser

Heather V. McCowen, PhD
Post Secondary Adviser
hmccowen@chiarts.org
Hours: 8am-4pm

  • College research and application process
  • Connect colleges and students through application process
  • Schedule, meet with and manage all college visitors to ChiArts (non Conservatory Specific)
  • Coordinate Visual Arts Portfolio day with college scheduling
  • Resource for students, families, faculty and administration for all things post-secondary, including applications, financial aid, and student transition issues
  • Manages all documents sent to colleges
    • Transcripts
    • Recommendation Letters
    • Test scores
  • Part of Scheduling Team
  • Testing Coordination/Data Management
    • ACT
    • SAT
    • PSAT
  • Manages Naviance
  • 11th-12th Grade Advisory Curriculum
  • AP Coordinator
    • Application to AP Courses
    • Test Management
    • AP training Camp
  • Credit Recovery Coordinator

How to Make an Appointment with a Counselor

1. Student in Crisis: An adult should walk them to room 105 to meet with Mr. Bruner. Students in crisis should not be left alone. If Mr. Bruner is unavailable/not here, the student should be left with another counselor/administrator.

2. Students with immediate questions: Students can stop by Room 105 and fill out a meeting request for Mr. Bruner, Ms. Curta or Dr. McCowen.  Students will be called down by the main office or by the counselor for meetings.   Students can also request an appointment via email.

  1. Mr. Bruner- mbruner@chiarts.org
  2. Ms. Curta- kcurta@chiarts.org
  3. Dr. McCowen- hmccowen@chiarts.org
  4. No idea? counselors@chiarts.org

3. Students with general college questions can visit Dr. McCowen during her office hours on the ground level during C & D lunches each day.  No appointment necessary!

Phone: 773-534-9710
Mr. Bruner: x49241
Ms. Curta: x12223
Dr. McCowen: x40304

Post-Secondary Links

https://fafsa.ed.gov/
http://www.act.org
https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat?navId=gh-sat (SAT Registration)
https://www.khanacademy.org/sat (Free Online SAT Prep)
http://hscounselorweek.com/ (Latest College Admissions News for Parents)

Academic Requirements & Sequence

ChiArts Scope and Sequence 2016-17
Graduation Requirements