• Mrs. Vancil's Counseling Office


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    Hello TCO Students! I am SO excited that you are here! I can't wait to get to know you! We are going to learn a lot of things and spend a lot of fun time together! I am always available for you, send me an email and I will set up a google meet to meet with you! Remember, you are amazing and you can do this!

    Happy School Year!

    TCO School Mission:

    Our mission is to engage and support each learner through an equitable, flexible, and high-quality learning community to develop empowered and inspired individuals.

    TCO School Counseling Mission:

    To create a "place" where students are given the opportunity and resources to grow and develop, not only academically, but also socially, emotionally and mentally.

    What is school counseling and how can it help me?

    School supports
    Our program has mental health resources available to students and their families.

    School counselors
    Students and parents can contact Mrs. Vancil to find support.

    School counselors collaborate with, and provide services to, students, families, school staff, and the community, including:

    • Responsive services to address students' immediate needs and concerns.
    • Direct interactions with students through classroom curriculum and group activities.
    • Individual planning sessions to assist students to meet specific needs and goals.
    • Student social and emotional development.
    • Student schedules.
    • Graduation requirements and progress in collaboration with Home School Counselors
    • Four-year high school and career planning.
    • 504 plan process and eligibility.
    • Suicide risk assessment.
    • Coordination of support services.

    Our counselors do not provide therapy for students, but can provide resources or contact information for private counselors or therapists.

    Confidentiality and professionalism
    School counselors maintain confidentiality unless consent is given or an individual is at risk of self-harm, harm by others, or as required by law, as in the case of suspected abuse or neglect or criminal activity.

    School counselors abide by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) national model and ethical practices. The ASCA national model describes the knowledge, skills and attitudes students need to achieve academic success, college and career readiness and social/emotional development.

    Crisis Intervention
    Crisis intervention can occur on an individual basis, or at the program or district level.

    Mental health staff are trained to recognize and intervene on behalf of students who may be experiencing a mental health crisis.

    Whole program:
    When a crisis occurs within the community or impacts our entire program, the mental health team responds to provide support for students, families, and staff.

    In addition to these supports, we train all of our mental health staff annually to identify suicidal ideation and behavior. This helps our mental health staff to communicate effectively with parents and mental health providers about suggested levels of care needed to support students in mental health crisis.

    Keep your school counselors updated
    I encourage you to contact school counselors regarding any diagnosis, disability or challenge that might impact your student's learning.

    Counselors are student advocates and can offer ideas and resources to help your child meet their learning needs. School counselors can also offer referrals to community resources that might benefit your student.

    It is critical for counselors to know when a student has been hospitalized with a physical or mental health issue. Many times, transitioning back to school from a hospital stay can be extremely stressful for students. We want to make sure that we provide a plan of support to include catching up on missed work, handling social situations with friends and addressing whatever individual needs a student may have. It is of high importance to us that students feel safe, supported and engaged when they return to school.