Mr. David Hedge is our
Student Assistance Counselor. He
meets with groups of students to discuss common problems that they
share. The SAP program is
located in room 234 E-mail at email@example.com
The purpose of the Student Assistance Program (SAP) is to identify and help
students who may be experiencing personal, family, alcohol, or other drug
problems which may be affecting their ability to perform well in school. By participating in support groups
with peers who share similar concerns, students are able to learn more about
their particular circumstances and develop healthier coping skills. Participation is completely
Support groups are separate by gender, and consist of no more than 12
students. They provide an
opportunity for sharing common concerns, experiences, and ideas in a caring
and supportive environment. All
information shared in the group falls under the Federal confidentiality
guidelines. Groups meet weekly
on a rotating basis so students don't miss the same class more then twice a
Confidentiality is a very important aspect of the SAP. Contact with the SAP Counselor and
participation in support groups are confidential under Federal Law. The only exceptions to this law are
cases of suicidal or homicidal behaviors, as well as cases of abuse or
Students can sign up to participate in a support group, or are referred to
the SAP Counselor by friends, guidance counselors, teachers, administrators
or parents. Each student then
meets individually with the SAP Counselor to discuss possible options for
group. All services are provided
during the school day, and at no cost to the students.
Types of Groups:
- Friends: for students affected by the
drinking or drug use of a family member or friend.
- Family Issues: for students dealing
with a lot of stress or fighting at home.
- Communications: for students having
difficulty communicating due to anger or insecurity.
- Divorce: for students dealing with the
effects of divorce.
- Grief: for students who have lost a
relative or close friend.
- Awareness: for students struggling with
their own drug/alcohol use.
- Other: specific group topics are
created when the need arises.