• Counseling Services


    · Planned, short-term and goal-focused counseling, NOT long term therapy, as needed

    · Recognize and respond to student mental health needs

    · Assist students and families seeking resources

    · Crisis Response - provide support and assistance to students and families as they navigate crisis and emergency situations

    · Referrals-self, parent, and staff


    · Use of data needs assessment and admin/teacher feedback for group topics

    · Conducted in small groups of students (usually 6-8 students)

    · Quarter and semester-long groups



    · Advisement & Counselor taught classroom lessons

    · Various topics including, but not limited to, Social/Emotional Learning, Careers, Interpersonal Skills, Academic Success, and Teen Lures

    · Align with Georgia’s Competencies for the appropriate grade level, as well as the American Counselor’s Association’s (ASCA’s) Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success



    Counselors coordinate programs and services within the counseling program, the school, and the community. Berkmar Middle School Counseling Programs include, but are not limited to:

    Academic Support

    · Attendance Support

    · Response to Intervention (RTI)/Student Support Team (SST)

    · 504 Plans

    · Parent and/or Teacher Collaboration

    Articulation Programs

    · Rising 6th Grade Articulation

    · Rising 9th Grade Articulation

    · New Student Orientation

    · GEAR UP

    CARE Team

    · Community Collaboration

    · Economic Assistance

    Honors and Awards Programs

    · STAR Patriot Recognition

    · Academic Awards

    Mentoring and Leadership Programs

    · Peer Leadership Program-8th Grade

    · GCPS Community-Based Mentoring Program

    · Velocity Mentoring Program

    · REACH Scholars Program