Counseling Curriculum Seminars Overview
The Counseling Department’s comprehensive and individualized approach encompasses social/emotional, academic, and career development for all students. We help students to form healthy choices, to acquire a sense of civic responsibility, and to develop the skills necessary to realize their individual goals. Professional and caring school counselors advocate, collaborate and facilitate individual and system change in order to empower students to embrace their potential and to achieve their personal and academic aspirations. Through academic advising, counselors meet with students each spring to review graduation requirements and course selections. Below is an overview of our comprehensive curriculum that is delivered by students’ counselors in a small group setting.
FRESHMEN COUNSELING SEMINAR
The primary focus of the program is the orientation of freshmen to Bedford High School. Students meet during the first semester to become familiar with their new school, get to know each other, and build a relationship with their counselor. Counselors review supports and resources, getting involved at BHS, goal-setting, and decision-making. Students learn about study skills, time management and other topics of importance to ninth graders. Students are also led through interactive activities designed to foster empathy and resilience, and an affirmative school community and climate.
SOPHOMORE COUNSELING SEMINAR
This second semester program focuses on self-discovery, decision-making skills and self-assessment. Students use a Myers Briggs Type Indicator to explore personality types, research career clusters and review college majors that pertain to the careers revealed from the assessment. Students are encouraged to assess their strengths and weaknesses by developing personal and academic goals. Counselors work with sophomores to formulate a plan to reach these goals.
JUNIOR COUNSELOR SEMINAR
This second semester program focuses on post-secondary planning with particular emphasis on the college search process. Through a systematic approach, students come to understand the post-secondary search process (college, gap year, technical/certificate programs, employment, apprenticeships, military, etc.), factors in admissions decisions (what colleges are looking for), developing a college list (what students are looking for), request teacher recommendations and create a balanced college list. Techniques for investigation, tours, interviews and narrowing down one’s list of post-secondary options are discussed so that students are prepared to make the best use of the summer for continuing their research. Students meet with their counselors in Jan/Feb at the beginning of the process and again in April mid-way through the planning process.
SENIOR COUNSELOR SEMINAR
In the first term of the year, students planning to attend college after high school review and revise their previous choices and finalize their plans. Counselors walk students through the post-secondary planning process (including the college application process) from start to finish. The program provides students with the information and skills necessary to make appropriate decisions based on their unique goals, expectations, and needs. Students who wish to pursue other options upon graduation will work with their counselor, either in groups or individually, to develop their post high school plans.