School counseling services are an integral part of the total educational process at Keefe Regional Technical School. The primary goal and function of the department is to assist ALL students, through a planned program of developmental guidance and counseling services, to understand themselves in relation to their goals, abilities, interest, and needs. This planned program of services assists the student in developing the critical-thinking and decision-making skills necessary in order to formulate future goals and plans that help each student reach maximum growth potential. An appropriate school counseling program in the academic/technical, workplace readiness, and personal/social domains is one that provides each student with a sense of belonging and stability during his/her high school years.
Such a program is a shared endeavor of the student, parent, and the School Counselor. The guidance faculty assumes the roles of facilitator, teacher, consultant, advocate, and counselor in order to assist each student in his/her social, psychological, educational, career/technical goals, and in the development of a relevant Career Plan. Counselors are readily available to students and families by appointment and without appointments in times of significant need.
Every student is assigned a School Counselor who will work the student, parents, teachers, and other professionals. Primarily, the counselor assists the student in addressing concerns and decisions about course selections, school progress, personal and social relationships, and educational and career-technical planning. Some small group counseling and support groups are available. The School Counseling Department has a collection of career material and information on schools and colleges, scholarships, and supplementary material. It has established a network of referrals with community agencies to assist students and their families who are in need of specialized assistance.