Counselors’ Corner

The Counseling Corner

Ms. Janel Steptoe, School Counselor


Greetings from School Counseling! Our goal within this page is to empower families, students and our local community with general and service information, as well as resources. As our world continues to change daily, it is our hope that the supports shared are helpful.

Our School Counselor Mission:
To work with families in preparing our children toward purpose-driven lives that involve perfecting their natural talents, teaching kindness, and helping others.

Our Role:
Often, uncertainty can exist about the role of School Counselors. Our main role in primary or secondary settings is to advocate for what is best for children; positive outcomes for students that promote growth and development.

Some service areas include the following:
-Annual School Selection/High School Selection Process
-Assist with Short/Long-term Goal Planning
-Behavioral Health Awareness/IBHS
-Crisis Response
-Foster Care Awareness/Educational Stability
-Annual Career Day/JA In A Day
-Related Programming and Partnership Development
-Winter Coat Distribution
-McKinney-Vento Homelessness Assistance

Bringing the Outside In—Program Exposure:
-High School Selection Guest Speakers
-Breakthrough (college prep)
-Junior Achievement
-CADEKids (prevention)
-Carson Valley Children’s Aid
-Uplift Center for Grieving Children
(formerly Center for Grieving Children)

Health and Well-Being Resources for Families:

Health and Well-Being Resources for Families

Philly HopeLine:
The Philly HopeLine is a free, confidential helpline sponsored by Uplift Center for Grieving Children and the School District of Philadelphia. It is staffed by Master level clinicians from Uplift, and is open to all Philadelphia students and families. Service is available in both English and Spanish, and our interpretation line offers translations into over 100 languages.

Stressed Out! Stress Management:

Support for the Helpers During a Pandemic:
We encourage all the helpers (primary and secondary caregivers, clinicians, case managers, social workers, counselors, therapists, educators, school leaders, school clinicians, climate staff, community leaders, block captains, faith leaders, and neighborhood presidents) in our school and community to check out this series.

Below is the link to access the “Support for the Helpers” series offered by Uplift Center for Grieving Children.

Topics include:
Session 1: “Of Course We’re Struggling…None of This Is Normal”

Session 2: “Taking Care of Ourselves When the Rest of the World Expects Us To Take Care of Them”

Session 3: “Losing Normalcy and Missing Milestones – Having to Do the Opposite of What Grief Needs”

Session 4: “Grief Looks Different Now: Creating New Rituals After a Death During the Pandemic”

Session 5: “Continuing Your Own Personal Grief/Trauma Journey During the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Session 6: “Supporting Youth During the COVID-19 Pandemic”

For Educators: “Trauma-Informed Virtual Teaching: Embracing ‘Pandemic Pedagogy'”

Uplift Center for Grieving Children
Virtual Grief Support Groups (FREE to Families): Uplift offers free grief support groups to youth, grades K through 12th, and their adult caregivers after the death of someone close to them.