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Welcome from the Director of Counseling:

My goal is to create an environment for all students to feel safe, supported, and heard. I am an advocate for every student and strive to provide nonjudgmental support in helping them navigate the various aspects of adolescence. Because every student is unique and one size does not fit all, I take an individualized approach when meeting with students, recognizing that they are the true experts of their lives, and empowering them to create goals and make healthy decisions that best fit their needs. Life constantly throws us challenges, and I truly believe in every persons’ ability to overcome, grow, and thrive.

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    Angelica Cardenas 

    School Counselor

Student Counseling

Drew School offers short-term individual and/or crisis counseling for students. The School Counselor is available to provide nonjudgmental and confidential emotional support to all students during times of heightened stress, transition, or other situations that may interfere with a student’s overall wellbeing.

Although the School Counselor is a licenced psychotherapist, Drew does not offer ongoing psychotherapy and these services are not intended as a substitute for diagnosis or treatment for any mental health disorder (which are not provided by the school).

Students can meet with the School Counselor at their own request or may be referred by their parents, administrators, and/or teachers if there are social/emotional concerns that are inhibiting their learning and/or overall wellbeing.

Vision Statement:

The vision of Drew School’s Counseling Program is for all students to engage in a process of self-reflection, learning, and understanding of themselves and the impact of their voice and personal power. Integrating cultural awareness, trauma-informed approaches, and proactive interventions, every student will experience an accepting and welcoming environment, encouraging them to develop a deeper sense of self, while respecting the individual rights and differences of others. Students will understand that their identities are ever-evolving, multifaceted and intersectional, and will be able to explore multilayers of their identities in relation to themselves, peers, communities, and society.

Through multi-tiered systems of support, students will develop an understanding of the core tenants of social emotional learning, which include self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making. Students will also develop healthy strategies and tools to strengthen those areas, as well as overcome challenges.

Mission Statement:

The mission of Drew’s School Counseling Program is to provide access to high-quality, culturally responsive, equitable, and comprehensive student services that address and support the social and emotional health and development of all students. Our program takes a strengths-based approach, recognizing the potential of each student’s capabilities and helping them build upon their strengths to grow and persevere. We believe every student is resourceful and resilient and has the ability to overcome adverse conditions. In partnership with administrators, teachers, parents, and the community, our program advocates for all students, empowering them to become lifelong learners with the skills to engage in a practice of self-reflection, active listening, cultural humility, and empathy.

Experience What High School Should Be

Drew knows and believes in teenagers. We engage each student in a process of intellectual discovery to develop an individual voice, the confidence to express it, and the empathy to understand its impact.
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