Counseling offered at Greenville Middle School

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 10:51 am on Wednesday, April 25, 2012

GREENVILLE — A new counseling program will be offered to Greenville Middle School students to target issues at that age group.

After receiving a grant from the Greenville Area Community Foundation, Greenville Middle School was able to team up with Community Hope Christian Counseling and Mental Health Center in Greenville to offer programs such as substance abuse prevention.

“These programs fill a need here at the middle school by providing additional support to students and eliminate barriers such as transportation and cost,” said Amy Zdanowski, counselor at Greenville Middle School.

Most recently, the program was able to offer anger management classes, according to Dr. John Pellett of Community Hope Christian Counseling and Mental Health Center.

“We want to catch students at an early age,” Pellett said. “The earlier, the better.”

The counseling programs are once a week and run from October until the end of the year, he said.

Zdanowski said programs are chosen by looking at the issues the students bring to the school counseling department during the school year.

“Though there are many common themes, the specific focus of the groups can change from year to year and group to group,” she said. “This flexibility allows us to better meet the needs of our students.”

Although the alcohol prevention counseling programs are for anyone in the middle school, the new anger management will target sixth-grade males.

This program, Pellett said, will walk the students through the process and how to relieve some of the anger students that age might have.

“The students have loved it,” Pellett said and added he has received testimonies regarding what the students have learned and enjoyed.

Currently, Pellett said, the counseling programs are only being offered at Greenville Middle School, but he is exploring options on how to expand the program to other schools.

“We are in our third year of this partnership and I hope we have the opportunity to continue working together for many years to come,” Zdanowski said. “Programs like this help kids succeed.”

Being a positive player in the community is something Pellett said they want to be.

“We want to connect with the community and get involved,” he said.

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