Students who are talented and gifted in math and science are unique individuals who bring a variety of attributes and personal characteristics to the academic environment at IMSA. We recognize and support the notion that talented and gifted students are a special population whose needs and desires are different from that of the general population of high school students. To this end, the focus of the counselors is to address the psychological and social needs of our students within the context of research and experience from the field of gifted education. We are committed to the students’ personal, social, and intellectual growth, as well as their adjustment to and engagement with the IMSA community. Students are assisted with identifying and working through personal barriers, normal developmental issues, and stressors, and clinical problems which could impede academic success.
Over the past two weeks, the counseling team has been preparing to assist students with all of their counseling needs for the remainder of the virtual school year. The school counselors will be available for virtual 1:1 meetings, as well as group counseling. Due to HIPAA and confidentiality concerns using the Zoom platform, we will not be using Zoom for counseling services. After much discussion, the department will move forward with using thera-LINK as the online counseling platform. Students will have the ability to sign up and then log into the thera-LINK scheduler to choose which counselor, which date, and what time you would like to schedule a virtual appointment. This will allow for a streamlined way to meet with students and have minimal disruption to services. All scheduling and meetings will be done virtually.
Our on-site counselors are Kevin Kusy (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Keisha Rheams (email@example.com). They are here Monday through Friday from 7:30 am – 4:30 pm. Counseling services are located in the Student Life Office and appointments can be made with the counselors by emailing them. We believe that the strength of the individual student resides in the celebration of communal diversity, a realistic understanding of the self, and the ability to develop emotional resilience. Any counseling effort strives to identify and meet the needs of the “whole person” in the construction of programs and in the delivery of services.
Call4calm State Mental Health Services
The Illinois Department of Human Services’ Mental Health offers free mental health services to those that are stressed and overwhelmed with COVID 19. Please text the word “talk” to 552020 for a call4calm. A representative will contact you within 24 hours. Also text the words “food” “shelter ” to access info on how to access resources.