Gwinnett Online Campus Counseling Department

  • The mission of the Gwinnett Online Campus Counseling Department is to remove the barriers to learning by educating the whole child, serving their academic, personal, social and emotional needs. School counselors address the academic and developmental needs of students by advising individual students and their families and teaching academic, social, and career skills.

    Gwinnett Online Campus has four professional school counselors who deliver a comprehensive school-counseling program for all students in 4th-12th grades and the Graduate Gwinnett Program. The GOC counselors have a series of short informative videos called Counselor Talks, located on the Counselors’ Corner page of the GOC website. Be sure to check in often to see tips on topics such as Organization the GOC Way, Applying to College, Carnegie Credits in Middle School, and How to Monitor Your Student’s Progress

Online Scheduler Update

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    Scheduling an appointment with your High School Counselor via links below counselor photo:
     
    Please be mindful that making an appointment via the Conference Scheduler is a 2-part process. Make sure you complete both parts in order to lock in your requested meeting time with your student's counselor.
     
    In parentheses immediately following your student's last name, please state what kind of meeting you would prefer (i.e. in-person, Zoom, Adobe Connect, or phone consult).
     
    Please use your personal email address when scheduling an appointment so that you may receive a confirmation from the PTC Scheduler.
     
    We look forward to meeting with you!
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  • Student Support & Assessment Coordinator

    Melissa Torrens

    Melissa Torrens

    If you are having trouble reaching your counselor, please contact Melissa Torrens at melissa.torrens@gcpsk12.org.

    Office:  770-326-8082

    Cell: 770-316-3917



Meet Your Advisement Team

  • High School Counseling Services

    Laura Indorf, M.Ed. and Nikita Johnson, Ed.S. are GOC’s high school counselors. They meet with individual students and their families to advise them on course schedules and post-secondary opportunities. They also lead small counseling groups and teach in the classrooms (both face-to-face and online) to equip students with the skills necessary to be successful in their current courses and beyond (higher education, military, and work force.) They also lead student and parent workshops to deliver information such as dual enrollment, FAFSA, HOPE scholarship, and the college application process.

    The high school counselors meet regularly with the teachers to discuss student progress and help maximize student success. Laura Indorf works with students in grades 11 and 12. Nikita Johnson works with students in grades 9 and 10.

    Middle Grades Counseling Services

    Dana Edwards, Ph.D. is the counselor for students in 6th-8th grades. She meets with students and parents to discuss academic, personal, and social concerns. She teaches lessons in the classroom (face-to-face and online) on topics such as how to be successful at GOC, social media dangers, online etiquette, peer relationships, career exploration, personal safety (Teen Lures), and the skills critical for healthy social-emotional development and academic success.

    Dr. Edwards also leads small counseling groups on topics such as worry management, social skills, and peer relations. She also meets twice a month with the middle grades teachers to discuss the progress of each student and makes the course schedules for students. You can stay informed about these counseling services and lessons by following her blog, http://gocounseling.wordpress.com.

    4th and 5th Grades Counseling Services

    Dr. Edwards is the counselor for students in the 4th and 5th grades. She meets with students and families to discuss their academic and developmental needs and teaches classroom and small group lessons on career exploration, personal safety (Child Lures), worry management, and the skills critical for healthy social-emotional development and academic success. She also leads weekly classroom meetings with the students to teach empathy, self-awareness, and conflict management skills.

    You can stay informed about these counseling services and lessons by following her blog, http://gocounseling.wordpress.com.

    Counseling Services for Graduate Gwinnett Students

    Alison Cunningham, M.Ed. is the counselor for students in the Graduate Gwinnett Program. The Graduate Gwinnett Program is an innovative approach offering flexibility for students to complete the required course work for graduation. Students enter a unique and individualized online learning environment with face-to-face support as needed.

    Ms. Cunningham meets with students and advises them on the courses needed to graduate. She assists with orientation and provides on-going counseling and referral services to help students graduate in December and May each year. 

Counseling Confidentiality

  • What is considered confidential? All information except:

    • drug use including alcohol
    • pregnancy
    • sexual or physical abuse
    • or that you may harm yourself or someone else
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