Social & Emotional Counseling
The Counseling office at Fellowship Christian School works in concert with FCS faculty, administration, and parent community to ensure that each student feels supported, understood, and adjusted during his/her experience at FCS. In addition to offering a safe and confidential setting for students during periods of difficulty and transition, the office seeks to provide information and resources that will assist students and their families beyond the school day. Individual and/or group support, life skills and parent education are coordinated through this office.
Our counseling team is comprised of staff and faculty with a commitment and passion for helping to shape the lives of students. Our counselors bring knowledge and experience in different areas and provide our students with options in finding the right person with whom to connect. Our doors are always open to parents and students alike. As we move through 2017- 2018 academic year, it is our hope that you will feel free to contact us with any concerns you have about your children. It is our sincere wish to get to know every student on campus and make certain each student finds his/her place at FCS.
The Counseling Department has two primary goals:
To Provide Support and Counseling to Students
We serve individual students as they seek some resolution to personal difficulties they might face during the school year. Though they often choose to explore their concern with teachers, coaches or staff they may prefer talking with a professional counselor.
To Serve as a Resource for Parents, Faculty & Staff
We love to inform and educate our FCS community about normal developmental behaviors as well as hot topic issues that the students may be experiencing.
We work to reach these goals in four ways:
Students may contact our counselors, Beth Buchweitz or Howie Silverman for an appointment or can simply stop by the Counseling Office. Confidentiality is maintained except in cases where the health and safety of the student, or another person, are in jeopardy. In cases where long-term weekly support for a student may be necessary, referrals are provided to off-campus counselors or psychologists.
Classroom Guidance Lessons
In-class guidance lessons introduce our young students to navigating common situations and the emotions that come with them. Topics such as anger management, kindness, manners & stress management are included in our curriculum.
Middle and high school Guidance Lessons include more mature topics such as digital citizenship, dangers of pornography, alcohol and drug issues as well as current and relevant social/cultural subjects.
Facilitating Guest Experts on Relevant topics
Large and Small Group Seminars
Meet Our Counseling Staff
The University of Alabama, BS Human Environmental Science
Vanderbilt University, M.Ed. Counseling
The University of Rhode Island, BS Business Administration
Liberty University, M.Ed. Counseling
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High School and Middle School parents, be aware of the new Snap Chat App called Hoop.
Axis’ February Teen Culture Update reports, “It is the latest Snap Kit blockbuster, rocketing to No. 2 on the overall App Store charts this month with its Tinder -esque swiping interface for discovering people and asking to message with them over Snapchat. Within a week of going viral, unfunded French startup Dazz saw Hoop score 2.5 million downloads.”
What it is: Ever had a moment when you felt you and your teenager/student really connected, only to find they didn’t take any of the advice you gave them? (No? We’ve totally never had that either…)
Why it happens: An insightful article by author and psychologist Lisa Damour gives adults a glimpse into the teenage psyche (gasp!) to understand what’s going on. She suggests this often happens because we’re not giving teens what they want, meaning they don’t always tell us their woes and problems to get answers. They know that most of their struggles can’t actually be solved; instead, they come to us because “having a problem is not nearly so bad as feeling utterly alone with it.” In addition, constantly rushing in with solutions can come across as “a vote of no confidence when they are mainly seeking our reassurance that they can handle whatever life throws at them.”
There is a silent tragedy developing right now, in our homes, and it concerns our most precious jewels — our children. Through my work with hundreds of children and families as an occupational therapist, I have witnessed this tragedy unfolding right in front of my eyes. Our children are in a devastating emotional state!
Two weeks after a controversial school flyer about bullying angered parents at a Calhoun County school, counselors in another West Michigan district weighed in on the debate.
Turns out, a lot of schools are trying to help students differentiate between bullying and plain old rude or mean behavior.
“If everything’s bullying, I just fear (students) won’t learn how to help themselves, how to manage conflict,” explained Lori Koza, a mental health coordinator at Grandville Public Schools.
Koza collaborated with another school counselor at Grandville on a message published in the district’s October newsletter.
The front-page column is titled, “Managing Conflict” and subtitled “Bullying vs. Being Mean: What’s the Difference?”
Why you have to talk about it: FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb says, “E-cigs have become an almost ubiquitous--and dangerous--trend among teens.” Due in large part to the mythic narrative that vaping is safe. This recent research shows that not only vapor harms the lungs, but the added flavor in e-cigs exacerbates the detrimental impact of vaping. It’s a double whammy. Your teens probably believe e-cigs are safe and more significantly they may be drawn to them because vaping just looks cool. Here’re some great tips on how to talk with your kids about the dangers of vaping and smoking.
Suicide is the leading cause of death among school age youth. However, suicide is preventable. Youth who are contemplating suicide frequently give warning signs of their distress. Parents, teachers, and friends are in a key position to pick up on these signs and get help. Most important is to never take these warning signs lightly or promise to keep them secret. When all adults and students in the school community are committed to making suicide prevention a priority-and are empowered to take the correct actions-we can help youth before they engage in behavior with irreversible consequences.
"One thing I’ve come to accept as my girls grow older is how my husband and I can’t meet all their needs. They need additional adults in their lives who believe in them and build them up.
Once kids start to realize how mom and dad have to say nice things, they long for external validation. They want someone with credibility – and impartial opinions – to notice them and see their potential...
“You’ve got to give your friends room to have a bad day. We all get moody and grumpy sometimes, and you have to create space for your friends to be themselves.”
If you're over 40, chances are good that you had scads of free time as a child—after school, on weekends, over the summer. And chances are also good that, if you were asked about it now, you'd go on and on about playing in the woods and riding your bike until the streetlights came on.
You see, the thing about Mama Bears is that deep down, we long to control our universe so that we can protect the people we love.
We partner with Youscience, an aptitude and interest test, to help each student in their self-discovery. Knowing what they love and how they are gifted will empower them to find and fulfill the call of God on thier life. Learn more...