SAP Counselor Mission
The mission of the Student Assistance Program (SAP) is to work collaboratively with students, parents, school personnel, and community partners to address risk factors that may otherwise impede a student's success at school.
AREAS of FOCUS
The SAP counselor will work in coordination with the school counseling department to foster the resilience and strengths of the student by:
providing the support needed to resolve academic, social, or personal challenges that may stand in the way of success
providing preventive measures in regards to high risk issues such as substance abuse, violence, poor attendance, or poor academic performance
providing intervention as needed for the emotional and/or psychological welfare of the students through the use of individual or group counseling, referral services, parent/staff conferencing, and peer mediation/mentoring programs
providing opportunities for staff development to better equip teacher's to address current issues that are prevalent in the student body
Prior to beginning my work in the school system in March of '06 I spent 14 years in the clinical counseling field and continue to maintain a part-time private practice in Mooresville. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, and Licensed School Counselor with a Masters in Counseling. I also have a certification in Trauma and Disaster Relief counseling. I enjoy working with adolescents and families as they recover from trauma, loss, or addiction. Supervising provisionally licensed therapists is also a very enjoyable part of my private practice.
My family and I spend most of our time together watching football, being out in nature, or at various church activities. My wife Ann Marie has also served in education, teaching elementary aged students for several years. She earned her teaching certificate at UNCC. My oldest son is a graduate App. State University, my second son is attending Cedarville University, and my daughter who recently finished at Crossroads is now attending North Greenville University. My family's involvement in the educational system provides me with several reminders of the importance of collaboration among the students, parents, and staff. I believe strongly that family and community relationships provide the primary foundation for our youth, and that the educational system can play a vital role in supporting this foundation.
I can be reached at 704-873-2887 on Mondays and Tuesdays at WIMS, or at 704-873-2181 on Thursdays and Fridays at WIHS. I alternate between the two schools on Wednesdays.