Francis Howell School District Counseling

Missouri Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Program

The comprehensive guidance and counseling program is an integral part of a school district's total educational program. It is developmental by design and includes sequential activities organized and implemented by professional school counselors with the active support of parents/guardians, teachers, administrators, and the community.

As a developmental program, it addresses the needs of all students by facilitating their academic, career, and personal/social, development as well as helping create positive and safe learning climates in schools. At the same time, the program assists students as they face issues and resolve problems that may prevent their healthy development.

The Work of Professional School Counselors in the Francis Howell School District

Professional school counselors spend their time working in the program assisting all students to complete a college and career ready curriculum that prepares them for their successful transition to post-secondary education or the world of work. This is accomplished through the full implementation of a comprehensive, K-12 guidance and counseling program providing all students with developmental and preventative activities and services delivered through the four interrelated program components of guidance curriculum, individual student planning, responsive services, and system support.

Educational Support Counseling

The Educational Support Counselor Program is a voluntary service offered by the Francis Howell School District to assist students and their families. The purpose of this program is to help students who are coping with special issues so that they may also experience success in school. Reasons for referrals may include, but are not limited to: poor school attendance; aggressive and non-compliant behavior; difficulties in maintaining attention; motivational problems; conflicts with other students or staff; grief related issues; self-injurious behaviors; etc. The emphasis is placed on providing brief, solution-focused interventions utilizing the strengths of the family. Depending on the student’s individual situation, time-limited counseling may be offered and the counselor may also link the family to appropriate resources in the community. Referrals to the Educational Support Counselor Program may be initiated by the school staff, a parent/guardian, or by the students themselves through the student's guidance counselor. The Educational Support Counselors also assist the district students with crisis intervention services as needed.

For additional information on the Educational Support Counselor Program, please contact the Counseling/Guidance office of your child’s school, or Dr. Jennifer Patterson, Director of Student Services, at 636-851-4861.

Tragedy and Grief Counseling
More information can be found on the Tragedy and Grief Counseling web page.


Director of Student Services

Dr. Jennifer Patterson


Administrative Assistant

Deanna Kruse


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