MHP’s Social Services and Counseling program enhances the mental health and well-being of our students by providing the necessary services on site by trained professionals. MHP’s counseling professionals provide individual, group, and family counseling, crisis intervention, information and referrals tailored to the needs of students and their families. All students are assigned a counselor who helps them cope with life challenges such as housing, employment, childcare, domestic violence and other situations. Counselors also conduct follow-up evaluations with students for two years after they leave the program.
Focus on Fathers and Families
Focus on Fathers and Families (FOFF) engages parents, grandparents, boyfriends and special other family members with their students at school. Bridging the gap between home and school isn’t always easy. FOFF hosts informal social activities to bring the students’ home environment into the school setting. One of FOFF’s key goals in bridging this gap is to learn more about the everyday lives of our students.
Life Skills Classes
Co-taught by MHP’s counselors and nurses, Life Skills classes educate students about the resources and opportunities available to them, as well as the day-to-day life skills they need for life after high school. Based upon the Botvin Life Skills curriculum, the classes provide information and interactive lessons about financial literacy, relationships, health issues focused on teen lifestyles, career exploration and vocational opportunities. Students learn parenting skills and learn to care for children in developmentally appropriate ways. Special activities include field trips to work sites, College Career Day, and a forum on women’s issues.