​How the School Counseling Program is Delivered?

Hello My Name is Lillian Grymes-Bridge,

I am the school counselor of Nancy B. Jefferson Alternative School

As your school counselor. I work with students, teachers support staff, county staff, parents/ guardians and members of the community.  I am an important part of a team that works to create a positive learning environment for all students reflective of our school’s core values – safety, respect and responsibility.

I look forward to building rapport within the building and continuing to help develop successful NBJ students.

School Counseling is for everybody!

Part of my job is to get to know NBJ students and assist them in feeling safe and connected to school while they’re with us.

Much of my work with student is confidential, which means I respect students’ right to privacy.  If there is information that I need to share I will definitely establish the appropriate contact!

Nancy B. Jefferson Counseling Program Mission:

It is the goal of Nancy B. Jefferson Counseling Department to provide a comprehensive school counseling program that addresses the academic, career and personal social needs of our students.  We will consider the unique differences of our students and strive to advocate effectively for successful transition of court detained youth.  We believe that all student can be successful and will implement activities to promote positive behaviors ha will enhance the learning process and promote social emotional development   for “at risk” youth.  We will strive to ensure the counselor provides a nurturing and supportive environment to students who are enrolled for a short period of time.  We will work in a partnership with all stakeholders to attain this goal.

Guidance Curriculum: Classroom lessons are developed to provide models for and instruct students for skills in academic, career and personal/social development for all students 

  • Classroom guidance lessons per year
  • Group activities
  • Parent workshops and information sessions

Individual Student Planning: Activities are coordinated to help students plan, monitor and manage their own learning in the areas of academic, career and personal/social development.

  • Small group counseling
  • Individual counseling
  • Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Assessments, Planning and Consultations
  • Student Observations
  • Check -In Check -Out

Responsive Services: These services respond and react to the immediate needs of students in terms of a crisis in the school, family or community.

  • 1:1 Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Student Referrals
  • Crisis Counseling Response

System Support: The following activities establish, maintain and enhance the program, using data to implement components in the overall school counseling program.

  • Consultation with staff and or parents
  • Consultation with mental health
  • Data gathering and interpretation
  • Attendance at professional conferences
  • Participation in district and school professional groups and Committees

Benefits to Student, Parents and Staff:

The Counselor is an integral part of the total high school program. Some of the benefits for the school staff, students and parents are

  • Help problem solve an interpret the function of student behaviors
  • Facilitate effective communication between staff, students and parents
  • Assist parents to understand their child’s academic progress in school
  • Help students develop and build positive feelings about themselves, school, family and society
  • Support children to accept their own strengths and weaknesses
  • Assist students to recognize the causes and effects of their actions
  • Help students make sound decisions and develop effective problem solving skills