Ms. Lisa Steiner, School Counselor(610) 593-4608,Ext. 40530
Octorara School District's Counseling Mission Statement:The mission of the Octorara Area School District School Counseling program is to provide a comprehensive, developmental counseling program addressing the academic career, and personal/social development of all students. School Counselors strive to empower students to maximize their potential and academic achievement. In partnership with other educators, parents, and community members, school counselors support the educational system to ensure all students in the Octorara Area School District are prepared with the knowledge and skills needed to function in a changing society.
What do we do here in the OIS counseling department?The intermediate counseling program is designed to provide the support, skills and information necessary for students to achieve academic, career and personal/social success. The program strives to promote and enhance student achievement by delivering prevention, intervention and referral services in collaboration with students, staff, parents and the community.
Classroom Guidance Lessons Consultation with Staff & Parents Coordinate Family Support Services New Student Orientation Individual Student Support Small Group Counseling Crisis Response Counseling Community Resource Information Student Scheduling PSSA Testing Coordination Parent Conferences Back to School Night Career Exploration Red Ribbon Week Student Observations Red Ribbon Week Holiday Support Program District Committee Involvement
Chester County Resources
Mental Health Treatment Providers:
Valley Creek Crisis Intervention (24 hrs/7days): 610-918-2100 0r 1-877-918-2100
Child Guidance Resource Center (Children Only): 610-383-5635
Human Services (children): 610-873-1010Holcomb Behavioral Health: 610-363-1488 or 610-388-7400Behavioral Health Resources in Lancaster County: Lancaster County Behavioral Health and Developmental ServicesCHESCO Life Program (Family support services): 484-348-6392 or www.acessservices.org
Chester County Department of Human Services: www.referweb.net/chesco
Gap Family Resource & Counseling Center: 717-422-9577 or 717-285-4843 or www.fracc.org
Valley Creek Crisis Center: 610-918-2100 or 877-918-2100 (Chester County residents)
Lancaster County Crisis Intervention Services: 717-394-2631 (Lancaster County residents)Domestic Violence Center of Chester County: 1-888-711-6270 or www.dvccc.comMedical Insurance Assistance:
Medical Insurance Assistance: CHIP (PA Children’s Health Insurance): 1-800-986-5437 or www.chipcoverspakids.com
PA Health Law Project: 1-800-274-3258
COMPASS (Apply online for health and human services): https://www.compass.state.pa.us/Compass.Web/public/cmphome
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The Octorara Intermediate School Counseling Department provides a comprehensive counseling program to all fifth and sixth grade students. Please feel free to contact Mrs. Steiner with any questions or concerns you may have.