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Counseling Services

The development of the individual student is the primary concern of the staff of the Kemmons Wilson Leadership Development and Counseling Center. Success requires building relationships among administrators, faculty, students, and parents. Counseling, advising, and other caring programs are designed to facilitate the academic, social, and psychological evolution of each student.

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  • About the Center

    Dedicated professionals work with students in the areas of academic, social/emotional, and career development. The team includes college counselors, Upper School and Lower School counselors, the director of community relations (student life), and the coordinator of Memphis Leaders. Counselors use a collaborative approach involving students, parents, faculty, and sometimes professionals in the community to promote learning and development.

    The primary function of the Counseling Center is to foster the academic achievement and personal well-being of all students; therefore, the school counselor will meet with students as needed to help identify and implement problem-solving strategies. If a student's difficulties cannot be dealt with effectively in the school setting, the counselor will refer the student (via his parents) to professionals in the community. 

    Students and parents who have questions are encouraged to contact any member of the Counseling Center.

    What Is a School Counselor?

    A professional school counselor is a licensed educator trained in school counseling. This person often holds a master's or doctoral degree in counseling. School counselors are knowledgeable about human behavior and provide assistance to students in four main areas: counseling (both academic and personal), group guidance (educational programming), consultation (with parents, faculty, and mental health professionals), and coordination of programs such as standardized testing (Muller-Ackerman, 2002).

    Do School Counselors Provide Therapy?
    No. School counselors do short-term counseling interventions in response to everyday issues such as grief, stress, getting along with others, etc. Students needing long-term interventions will be referred to therapists in the Memphis community.

    How Do Students, Parents, and Faculty Utilize the School Counselor?
    The school counselor meets with seventh graders during the first quarter of the academic year to get to know each student, and assesses his progress throughout the year. Counselors are available to meet with any student as needed or following a referral from a teacher or parent. Students may also come to the Counseling Center on their own.

    School counselors are also available to parents and teachers during the year regarding student issues requiring a team approach.

    Confidentiality in School Counseling
    If a student presents a problem to the school counselor, the counselor will engage in a limited amount of personal counseling. The majority of personal counseling that takes place at MUS involves a counselor listening and attempting to help the student help himself based on a foundation of trust and confidentiality.

    The school counselor will always seek to maintain confidentiality within each counseling relationship. However, if the school counselor has any reason to believe that a student is a danger to himself or another, confidentiality will be breached and the student’s parent will be notified immediately (and the family will be referred to a professional in the community).
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  • Academic Support

    Counselors monitor every student's grades at the end of each reporting period. In addition to Summer School classes and scheduled or impromptu meetings with teachers before school, after school, and during their office hours, MUS provides many avenues for improving academic performance – programs that not only help students who may be struggling with low grades, but also benefit students who wish to deepen their understanding of a topic.

    Lower and Upper School academic support options include the following:
     
    Hyde Library website
    Our library site offers many resources, including a link to “Practice Tests and Study Aids.”

    Academic Labs
    Learning labs are available for Lower and Upper School students.

    Lower School Math Lab
    Lower School English Lab
    Upper School Math
    Upper School English Lab (help with writing, vocabulary, grammar, and reading)

    Additional Resources
    Lower School Study Hall
    Upper School Supervised Study Session (called S-Cubed)
    Peer tutoring
    Educational workshops (published in Parenting Notes)
    Evening semester exam study sessions
    ACT/SAT/PSAT prep sessions
    Lower School ASAP (After School Academic Program)
    NCAA eligibility counseling
    Summer math packet labs (weekly session held by a different teacher each week)
  • Alcohol, Drug, Dangerous Behavior

    Prevention is a primary goal of our substance-abuse programs. The focus is on presenting students with relevant, up-to-date, and compelling information that points them toward a reasonable, self-determined, personal policy of healthy decision-making.

    Our ultimate goal is to prevent alcohol and other drug use/abuse and to promote responsible decision-making on the part of our young men in an effort to maximize their safety and welfare during this time of their lives.

    Toward this end, the following activities are offered:

    Freedom from Chemical Dependency (FCD)
    This program is for eighth and 10th graders. Visit the FCD Website for more information.
     
    Alive at 25 Program
    This program teaches ninth graders safe driving techniques and responsible decision-making. 

    Confidential Concern Referrals
    Any parent, student, teacher, or administrator may share their concerns with Joe Abrahams if they have reason to suspect that ANY student is using alcohol or abusing themselves through drug use or other dangerous behavior. All information will remain confidential, protecting both the person referring and the subject of concern.

    Community of Concern
    This nonprofit consortium offers E-Learning, parent brochures, and a wealth of other educational and support materials. Visit the website here.
     
    Safe Home Program
    This program requires a parent commitment to host drug- and alcohol-free parties and to communicate with other parents. Visit the Safe Home Program Website for additional information and to sign the Safe Home Pledge.
     
    Heartbeat
    This is a non-use group of juniors and seniors who conduct sessions with seventh-grade students regarding use of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs.

    Substance Testing
    Some parents choose to have their sons drug tested. We provide a list of drug-testing centers for families who may be interested in this option.

    View our handbook policies for our official Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco Policy.
  • Leadership Development

    The King and Judy Rogers Endowment for Leadership Development
    Judy and King Rogers, parents of King W. Rogers IV ’98, provided an endowment in 2000 to fund annual leadership development programs for MUS students. The income from the fund provides the resources for a renowned speaker on leadership and expanded leadership opportunities for students. The goal of the endowment is to prepare students for roles as servant leaders at MUS, in college, and in their communities.

    Our approach challenges students to discover and acquire the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to improve life for others. The program includes field trips, community service projects, speakers, and mentoring.

    Wilson Society
    The Wilson Society was established to give students an opportunity to demonstrate their full grasp of the seven tenets of the MUS Community Creed — Truth and Honor, Scholarship, Service, Respect, Humility, Involvement, and Accountability. Celebrating the legacy of longtime MUS supporter and friend, the late Kemmons Wilson, the Wilson Society includes all representatives of the Civic Service Organization. Additional members may be appointed at the discretion of the faculty advisor. 
  • Learning Differences and Disabilities

    If a student has a psychoeducational evaluation on file showing that he has a diagnosed learning disability, a counselor will meet with the student and parents to determine how best to provide support. 

    Important links concerning learning disabilities:
    Policy for Requesting Extended Time on Final Exams
    Frequently Asked Questions About Learning Disabilities
  • Lower School Aptitude and Achievement Testing

    Seventh Grade
    OLSAT (Otis Lennon Student Abilities Test) - September
    CTP 4 (Comprehensive Testing Program- Fourth Edition) - March or April

    Eighth Grade
    CTP 4 (Comprehensive Testing Program- Fourth Edition) - March or April

    Students do not need to study for these tests. We encourage them to come to school on time, well-rested, and well-nourished to ensure their success.
  • Personal Counseling

    Personal counseling is the primary focus of the Counseling Department. This is where the rubber meets the road in the journey of the adolescent life. One-on-one verbal interaction in a friendly and encouraging environment allows the counselor to build a relationship, based on trust, that enables the counselor and student to explore potential roadblocks to success and possible actions that will help him avoid or overcome those obstacles. Our goal is to help students look within themselves and become aware of their unlimited capacity to achieve. 

    Adolescents face a variety of challenges throughout their teenage years. Students often enter the counseling office to discuss difficulties with their classes, relationship troubles, stressful home environments, depression, and anxiety. When addressing students’ concerns, the counselor offers empathy, unconditional support, and trust to provide a comfortable environment for the young men to discuss their problems. The counselor encourages the students to look within themselves and consider alternative perspectives. 

    Referral Process
    A student, parent, teacher, administrator, or counselor may initiate a request for academic or personal assistance on behalf of a student. The counselor is responsible for coordinating the community connections necessary to put the party in touch with the appropriate professional resource.

    Contact 
    Joe Abrahams for further information.

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