Guidance and Counseling

Counseling Services

  • The Counseling Services Department is an integral part of the total educational program. It provides a systematic, planned approach for helping all students acquire and apply basic life skills and makes optimal use of the special knowledge and skills of school counselors.

    The foundation of the counseling program is to provide developmentally appropriate assistance for all students, and at the same time provide special assistance to those who need it.

    To fulfill the basic mission of the counseling program in Fort Worth schools, we follow the American School Counselor National Model of practice.  Program balance is established to guide the allocation of resources to each of the four following delivery systems:

    • Prevention Education and Life Skills Curriculum
    • Responsive Services
    • Individual Student Planning
    • System Support

    Promoting Educational Success
    Education both enriches our lives and empowers us with the knowledge and skills we need to succeed. Professional school counselors play a critical role in maximizing educational opportunities.

    In elementary and secondary schools, professional school counselors collaborate with parents, teachers, and others to:

    • prevent and eliminate barriers to learning
    • help equip students with the personal and social skills they need to lead healthy, successful lives
    • assist students in exploring and pursuing academic and career opportunities

    Throughout our lives, we encounter many challenges. 

    • Conflicts in relationships.
    • Life transitions.
    • Emotional crises.
    • Educational and career decisions.
    • Physical illness and disability.

    Sometimes the challenges are exciting. 
    Sometimes they're frightening.
    Sometimes we can benefit from help and support as we strive to master these challenges. 

    Professional school counselors have specialized training and are committed to providing the help and support we may need to master the challenges of life.

    Working in a diverse range of settings and with a variety of areas of specialized expertise, professional counselors work with people of all ages, races, cultural backgrounds, and circumstances to help them maximize their potential, make positive changes in their lives, and achieve their goals.

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Contacts

  • Counseling Services
    817-8142900

    Dr. Sandra benavidezPh.D.

    Executive Director | Guidance & Counseling Services

    Laurie WIlford

    Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director

    817-814‐2900  

    Christina Galanis, M.S.

    Director | Secondary Student Engagement

    Middle and High School Counseling

    Attendance Control Specialists

    Arturo Nino, M. ED.

    Coordinator | Secondary Student Engagement

    Individual Graudation Committees

    UV4C/YV4C

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    Pamela Osby

    Administrative Assistant | Secondary Student Engagement  

    Juanita Hernandez

    Administrative Assistant | Truancy Court

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    Angelia (AJ) Hicks, M.Ed.

    Director | Elementary Student Engagement

    Elementary Counseling

    Attendance Control Specialists

    Human Trafficking Prevention Education (HTYPE) Program

    817-814‐2903

    Dorothy Murphy

    Administrative Assistant | Elementary Student Engagement

    Attendance Control Specialists

    Ashli Abernathy, M.Ed., LPC

    Director | Student Wellbeing

    Crisis Response

    Adolescent Pregnancy Services

    Lorie Randle

    Administrative Assistant | Adolescent Pregnancy Services

    817-814-3320  

    jamaal moore, LMSW

    Director | Restorative and Responsive Settings

    Intervention Specialists

    Case Managers

    Restorative Specialists

    Leslie Mixon

    Administrative Assistant | Restorative and Responsive Settings

    817-814-2902

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