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Whitman MS Counseling Center

Welcome Wildcats! We are here to help students and families navigate Middle School.


Counseling and Student Support Groups

Please welcome our new long-term substitute counselor, Mr. Caleb Rivas Ahrens.  He has joined our Student Support Team in the counseling office for the remainder of the year.  In addition, we will be running additional student support groups for our students.  

The following groups will be starting in March

  • 6th grade girls – friendship
  • 7th grade boys – mentoring
  • 7th & 8th grade – healthy relationships
  • All grades – grief group
  • All grades – gender diverse friends’ group

What does the Counseling Team do for Students?

In a Nutshell, counselors are here to support students and their academic, social, and emotional growth.

Supports include:

  • Provide tools/resources for students’ mental and emotional health
  • Provide emotional support for students
  • Help students navigate their social role at Whitman
  • Help students plan and prepare for High School and beyond
  • Create and manage 504 plans for students with disabilities
  • Schoolwide prevention activities and Social and Emotional classroom lessons

How does the Counseling Team Support Families?

  • Communicate with families via email, phone, chat, and Teams
  • Help obtain supports for food, school supplies, clothing, and other basic needs
  • Provide resources to families on how to manage stress, cope with remote learning, and other challenges
  • Assist with technology support
  • Collaborate with the PTSA to create learning opportunities for families regarding mental health, alcohol, drugs, and other issues pertinent to middle school life

Counseling Center Resources

Mental Health and Violence Prevention Support

If you, your student, or someone your student cares about is struggling with mental health, substance abuse, or suicidal ideation, in addition to our counselors there are resources available.

  • YMCA Violence Prevention Program
  • NAMI Crisis Line
    • Text NAMI to 741-741. Connect with a trained crisis counselor to receive free, 24/7 crisis support via text message
    • NAMI Helpline: Volunteers answer questions, offer support and provide practical next steps. Chat, call or email or call 1-800-950-6264