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 Academic Counselor, Head of Engagement and Alumni Relations, 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.

Bryn Poulton
Clinical Counselor
bpoulton@chiarts.org

  • 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 Tobin, LPC, NCC
Academic Counselor
ktobin@chiarts.org

  • 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

Dr. Heather McCowen
Head of Engagement and Alumni Relations
hmccowen@chiarts.org

How to Make an Appointment with a Counselor

1. Student in Crisis: An adult should walk them to room 105 to meet with Ms. Poulton. Students in crisis should not be left alone. If Ms. Poulton 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 Ms. Poulton (on paper), Ms. Tobin or Dr. McCowen (on the scheduling computer).  Students will be sent an email confirmation that will act as their pass to leave class.

3. Students with general college questions can visit Dr. McCowen during her office hours during lunch on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

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)
counselorcommunity.com (Online Scheduling for college reps coming to ChiArts)

Academic Requirements & Sequence

Scope and Sequence 2019-2020
Graduation Requirements