Student Assistance Counseling
Denton I.S.D. has long recognized the relationship between academic success and emotional well-being. When students are experiencing significant life stressors, learning may not be their first priority. In response to the growing social and emotional needs experienced by our students, Denton I.S.D. utilizes Student Assistance Counselors on all secondary campuses. The role of the Student Assistance Counselor is to provide crisis intervention, psycho-educational counseling services and referrals to community counseling agencies when necessary.
As Student Assistance Counselor at Denton High School, Mrs. Schafer works with students in crisis, providing both individual and group counseling services. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Mrs. Schafer brings insight and passion for addressing mental health and social/emotional needs of the student at DHS. Moreover, Mrs. Schafer hopes to empower and support students and families as they seek to succeed and thrive through a strengths based, soultion focused approach.
Referrals to meet with the Student Assistance Counselor can be made through Administration or School Counselors.
Denton ISD is committed to making students aware of important topics including bullying behaviors, child abuse, relationship violence, mental health, and emotional management. There are also mandates from the state of Texas that require school districts to provide prevention and education concerning these topics.
The following topics will be covered at Denton High School by the Counseling Department:
Suicide Prevention- September 11
Substance Abuse Prevention- October 24 or 26
Bullying Prevention- November
Relationship Violence Prevention/Sexual Assault Prevention- February
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health concern in the United States today, and more and more of our youth are exhibiting signs of stress and anxiety. Our children are growing up in a world that is very different than our own experiences. Come learn about the impact of social media, daily stressors and normal growth and development on the emotional state of our children. The counseling and social work department will host a community forum on November 8th at 6:30pm at the Central Services Board Room to address this topic. There will be a panel of experts in the field of pediatrics, psychology and mental health. There will be a short question and answer session immediately following the panel. Please join us to learn more about this very important topic and what you can do as a parent to get your child emotionally healthy.