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Guidance department changes name in order to better reflect staff positions

Luisa Bernardino
The name change within the Guidance department ensures that all staff feel properly represented for their exceptional work for the METEA community.

The guidance department announced a name change, transitioning from ‘guidance’ to the  ‘counseling services department.’ Individual guidance staff also received a new title, and are now known as school counselors.

Although school counselors make up a large portion of the counseling services department, psychologists, mental health and 504 coordinators, social workers, and deans also fall into this branch. According to Merit House counselor Lisa Lassandrello, this name change more accurately represents the variety of services offered in the district.

“According to the American School Counseling Association, we work with families and students on three domains, which are social and emotional development, academic development, and post-secondary planning,” Lassandrello said. “We felt like ‘guidance’ did not really encompass all of those aspects.”

Counseling staff are not the only ones encouraging this change in name. Senior Dayna Kapral agrees that a new title will highlight the many department responsibilities which widely go unrecognized.

“I think this title more accurately represents the counselors and staff,” Kapral said. “The [department] does more than just offer guidance, they help students with their futures, assist with schedule changes, and more”

However, many students are unaware of the change, or do not see much difference. Senior Keira Nelson maintains a neutral perspective on the shift.

“I have had an amazing experience with the counseling staff and hope that [everyone] in the school has the same support system I do,” Nelson said. “That being said, I think that either name would accurately fit the description.”

While the label of counseling services was only approved this fall, discussion of a possible adjustment has been ongoing for multiple years. The creation of Metea Counseling, the official website of the department, further fueled these discussions

“We have had several ongoing discussions over the years about how to create a name that is more inclusive,” Lassandrello said.

Students interested in any of the services offered by the counseling department can find support in their class house. For freshmen, more information will be circulated through fresh connect lessons and other meetings. Lassandrello recommends that students take advantage of the resources available.

“If you have any questions, concerns, or would just like to have a chat, our doors are always open,” Lassandrello said.

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Lindsey is the Spotlight Editor of the Stampede, and this is her second year on Staff. She is involved in Best Buddies, Book Club, and the National English Honors Society here at Metea. When Lindsey is not writing, she can be found trying to predict the next Taylor Swift re-recording, reading, or re-watching Gilmore Girls.
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