In addition to providing academic and college planning, our Guidance Counselors are also wonderful resources to discuss any mental and emotional concerns. Students can schedule appointments to meet with our counselors, or stop by during their lunch period or study hall to talk about whatever is on their minds –– schoolwork, social interests, family life.
In addition to our dedicated and experienced Guidance Counselors –– Mr. Tim Zugates, '71, and Mrs. Judy Caves –– our school partners with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit to provide additional counseling resources to our students. No matter what your student's needs are, we are committed to making sure they feel safe, secure and comfortable at Seton LaSalle.
Dr. Rueben Brock
All Seton LaSalle freshmen participate in Freshman Academy in their homerooms, a program designed to make for a smooth transition from grade school to high school. The program facilitates friendly competition while incorporating study skills, life lessons, time management and proper planning into the students' academic routines. Each Freshman Academy homeroom teacher is professionally trained by Dr. Rueben Brock, Licensed Professional Counselor.
Dr. Brock is a professor at California University of Pennsylvania, in addition to running his own private counseling practice in McMurray, specializing in adolescents. During assemblies and Freshman Academy gatherings, Dr. Brock speaks to freshmen, providing insight and tips on how they can overcome adversity, manage stressors, and balance factors that may overwhelm them during their high school years and beyond. In addition to advocating for mental health, Dr. Brock covers many topics on leadership.
Safe2Say Something is a youth violence prevention program run by the PA Office of Attorney General and aims to teach youth and young adults how to recognize warning signs and signals –– especially within social media –– from individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others to "say something" before it is too late. With Safe2Say something, it's easy and confidential to report safety concerns to help prevent violence and tragedies.
How it works:
- Submit an anonymous tip report through the Safe2SaySomething system
- The Crisis Center will review, assess and process all submissions
- The Crisis Center will send all submissions to SLS administration and/or law enforcement for intervention
- If needed, the Crisis Center may contact tipster anonymously through the app
For more information on Safe2SaySomething, click HERE.
Our Guidance Counselors are nationally recognized licensed school counselors, and although they are excellent listeners and advice givers, they are not licensed therapists. Below are some references for outside local resources, should you feel the need to connect with a licensed therapist.
You may want to call your insurance provider for recommendations in your care network.
- Outreach Teen & Family Services
666 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15228
- Family Services of Western PA
1 (888) 222-4200
1 (888) 583-6003
180 Fort Couch Road, Suite 304, Pittsburgh, PA 15241
- Mercy Behavioral Health
1 (877) 637-2924
- Southwestern Human Services
110 Fort Couch Road, 2nd Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15241
- Vista Behavioral Health Services
1370 Washington Pike, Suite 303, Bridgeville, PA 15017
- You may also search for counselors in your area at psychologytoday.com
Student Assistance Program
Seton LaSalle participates in the Pennsylvania Student Assistance Program (SAP), designed to assist in identifying issues including mental health issues, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs that can pose barriers to a student's success. We strive to help students overcome these barriers so that they may achieve, advance, and remain in school. At the core of SAP is a professionally trained team, including school staff and liaisons from community drug and alcohol and mental health agencies. SAP team members are trained to identify issues and determine whether or not presenting the issue lies within the responsibility of the school, and to make recommendations to assist the student and the parent. When the issue lies beyond the scope of the school, the SAP team will assist the parent and student so they may access services within the community. SAP team members do not diagnose, treat or refer to treatment, but they may refer a student to a liaison who may screen or assess for further community-based services and support.
There are four phases to the Student Assistance process:
- Referral: Anyone can refer a student to SAP when they are concerned about their behavior –– any school faculty/staff member, the student's friend(s), a family member, or community member. The students themselves can even go directly to the SAP team to ask for help. The SAP team contacts the parent for permission to proceed with the SAP process.
- Team Planning: The SAP team gathers objective information about the student's performance in school from all school personnel who have contact with the student. Information is also collected from the parent. The team meets with the parent to discuss the data collected and also meets with the student. Together, a plan is developed that includes strategies for removing the learning barriers and promoting the student's academic and personal success to include in-school and/or community-based services and activities.
- Intervention and Recommendations: The plan is put into action. The team assists in linking the student to in-school and/or community-based services and activities. The team might recommend a mental health or drug and alcohol screening or assessment.
- Support and Follow-Up: The SAP team continues to work with and support the student and their family. Follow-up includes monitoring, mentoring and motivating for academic success.
Guidelines for the SAP K-12 training system in Pennsylvania contain training standards and competencies to ensure SAP team professionals receive up-to-date professional training consistent with PNSAS approved procedures.
For more information about SAP, click HERE.