Student Support Services
Modeled on services available at most colleges, the Academic Guidance Center is for those who have the aptitude to succeed at Hebron but who may have mild educational needs or lack adequate study strategies and organizational skills. The program helps students become reliable self-advocates as they grow to understand their own needs, both in and out of the classroom. The center is located in Hupper Library.
Each student at Hebron Academy is assigned an advisor who serves as the point person for the student’s academic, social, and behavioral growth. Advisors are assigned in August each year. Each advisory group has a maximum of eight students. Middle and Upper School advisors meet with their advisees every week. Parents receive their first communication from their child’s advisor at the start of school and have an opportunity to meet the advisor during registration. After the first week of classes, advisors contact parents to touch base on each student’s adjustment.
Formal college counseling begins in the junior year with an introduction to the steps needed to ensure a smooth and well-organized college search. Each junior meets individually with their college counselor during the winter and spring terms. They also participate in meetings focused on topics such as writing the college application essay, the college campus visit and interview, standardized testing, and submitting the completed college application. In addition, a workshop for parents of juniors is held at Hebron in February.
Each year, Hebron Academy serves as a testing center for some administrations of the PSAT, SAT, ACT, and TOEFL.
The Mental Health and Wellness Office is located on the third floor of Sturtevant Hall, and is staffed by professionals with advanced degrees in psychology, psychiatric nursing, school counseling or social work.
Counselors are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders, and work to support the healthy emotional development of adolescents within the Hebron community. They provide individual counseling, facilitate educational programming, collaborate with outside mental health providers, and serve on the Student Support Teams. Their services are confidential, and confidentiality will be maintained unless a student is at immediate risk of harm to self or others. Counselors are available during the day to meet with students, faculty, staff, and parents, as well as at any time in an emergency. Appointments can be arranged in advance by phone or email. The counselors collaborate regularly with our consulting mental health clinicians and school psychiatrist from St. Mary’s Health System. They assist students, faculty, and staff in referrals to resources outside of the School. The School counselors work closely with the nurses to support the emotional health and well-being of the students. Students taking psychotropic medications are required to meet with a staff member of the Counseling Office as often as recommended by the Director of Mental Health and Wellness. The Counseling Office makes every effort to maintain the confidentiality of its students so that they can feel safe discussing their concerns. However, there may be occasions when immediate concern for the health and safety of the student and/or community outweighs the purpose of confidentiality. There are times that by law the School will need to act as mandated reporters and break confidentiality.
Individual and Group Therapy
On-campus individual and group Dialectical and Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is provided by licensed mental health clinicians through Hebron’s partnership with St. Mary’s Health System. These mental health clinicians are experts in the field of child and adolescent development and are extensively trained in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders. These clinicians provide on-site mental health services and collaborate regularly with the Hebron School Counseling team to ensure optimal continuity of care.
Hebron’s collaborating child & adolescent psychiatrist, a board-certified psychiatrist employed by St. Mary’s Health System, is available to those students requiring medication management services, diagnostic evaluation, and/or emergency consultation.
Individual therapy appointments, DBT appointments, and psychiatry appointments are arranged by contacting the Director of Mental Health and Wellness. Services provided by St. Mary’s clinicians are billed to students’ health insurance.
Substance Use/Misuse Health Response
Hebron has a comprehensive health response for any student who finds themselves in a situation involving substances. The health response includes a drug and alcohol evaluation from a licensed mental health provider. It is expected that a student and family will follow and fulfill any and all recommendations coming from an evaluation. Failure to share the completed outside evaluation to the Director of Mental Health and Wellness in a timely manner may lead to a health leave for the student until the student’s health status can be determined. Students will also be required to sign a non-use agreement speaking to their commitment to live substance-free for the remainder of their Hebron career and to cooperate with periodic toxicology screening tests to encourage their continued abstinence.