The Lincoln Center serves students in various school districts throughout Montgomery County by placing counselors in public school districts to provide in-school, confidential counseling to students facing high levels of stress, poor mental health, and or substance abuse issues. Counselors adopt a diverse range of duties and mold their responsibilities to the needs of the school district. Counseling sessions can be held individually or in groups and aim to provide a supportive environment for students to improve their mental health and cope with a wide range of issues such as such as family conflict, loss, stress, relationship issues, and bullying. Lincoln Center counselors can conduct family counseling in relation to students’ mental health issues or familial situations and trauma-informed and crisis counseling to high risk students, which encompasses both counseling related to traumatic incidents and de-escalating agitated students. Counselors also work with special education students to fulfill the counseling requirements on individualized education plans (IEPs).
In addition to providing direct support to students and families in need, counselors coordinate and manage delivery of individual service needs with school administrators, guidance personnel, teachers, and community agencies. Counselors act as a resource for school administrators and are a key member of the district’s Student Assistance Programs (SAP) teams by providing student screening and liaison services. They also develop and implement prevention programs related to alcohol and drug abuse and provide students and families with seamless transition from inpatient hospitalization, partial hospitalization, or residential settings as they return to a school setting. Because of their vast knowledge on mental health, they help districts develop mental health curricula and crisis response plans.
Community involvement is a priority of our organization and for our counselors, who coordinate activities with parents and community groups to plan and implement programs designed to reduce substance abuse. Providing forums for parent and community participation in terms of alcohol and other drug education creates a link between community agencies, families, and students needing referrals to out-of-school programs, streamlining and easing the process of accessing resources.