Counseling and PsychologyThe SC School for the Deaf and the Blind offers counseling and psychology services to all students.
Counseling Services provides students an environment to discuss problems, address important issues and improve certain skills. Students meet with counselors to address such issues as moving to a new school, learning better problem solving, dealing with disabilities, managing anger, addressing bullying, improving socialization skills, making friends and deciding career and college paths.
Our certified guidance counselors provide career counseling in which students and family members can discuss the appropriate options for transition into the workforce or college. Students in 8th through 12th grades are given an Individual Graduation Plan, developed by career guidance counselors, that helps develop goals and includes courses specific to those goals. For instance, if a student wants to work in machine technology after graduation, appropriate courses will need to be considered in order to excel in that field. College preparation courses are considered for those interested in attending a college or university after graduation.
Guidance counselors focus on helping students set goals for themselves and develop ways to make those goals achievable. Career counseling is an excellent way to ensure that a student will find work or continue education after graduation. Every year, counselors bring college and career recruiters to the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind campus to talk with students about options after graduation.
School Psychological Services
School Psychological Services are available to students who are in need of academic or behavioral evaluation, assessment and treatment. In compliance with SC law, every student in a special education setting receives a comprehensive reevaluation at least every three years is in order to determine the need for continued special education services and to address any concerns that may hinder the student’s ability to progress on his/her Individual Education Program. A psycho-educational evaluation can be a critical component in the identification of learning and behavioral issues that may interfere with educational success.
Our guidance counseling and psychology staff consists of a team of highly qualified school professionals who hold master’s or more advanced degrees. The team’s certifications include crisis prevention, school psychology, counseling, play therapy and family therapy. Additional qualifications include licenses as professional counselors, teaching certifications and knowledge of sensory disabilities.
Parents and families of SCSDB students do not receive bills for health and related services at the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind. The school receives reimbursements for medical services through the SC Department of Health and Human Services “Partners for Healthy Children” program for Medicaid-eligible students.
Counseling and Psychology Services Toll-free at 1-888-447-2732