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Chatham, Virginia 24531  
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Counseling Services




Counseling Program

The Pittsylvania County School Board offers guidance and counseling services in all elementary, middle, and high schools.  The guidance program is designed to help each student develop a realistic self-concept, acquire knowledge of available educational and vocational opportunities, and make informed academic decisions.  Guidance programs include academic, career, and personal/social counseling opportunities as defined below.

  1. Academic Counseling assists students and their parents in acquiring knowledge about curricula choices available to students, planning a program of study for high school graduation, registering and interpreting scores for academic testing, and seeking post-secondary academic opportunities.

  2. Career Counseling helps students understand the concept of a career and acquire knowledge about educational requirements and training for various types of careers.  Career counseling includes information about job availability, salary scales, and employment opportunities as related to geographical regions.  Students will understand how the 21st century workplace requires lifelong learning, flexibility, and the continuous acquisition of new skills. Career counseling enables students to choose a postsecondary career pathway based on job outlook, personal interests, and academic strengths.  

  3. Personal/Social Counseling assists students in developing an understanding of themselves, developing an understanding of others’ rights and needs, developing conflict resolution skills, acquiring self-respect, and learning how to be considerate of others.  Personal/social counseling may be provided in individual meetings with students or in groups which focus on the specific concerns of the participant(s).   Personal/social counseling prepares students to become productive, responsible citizens. 

School counselors do not provide extensive or on-going personal/social counseling services.  Referrals to outside agencies will be made when extensive personal/social counseling is deemed appropriate.  School counseling does not involve hypnosis or other psychotherapeutic techniques that are normally employed in medical or clinical settings as a means of focusing on mental illness or psychopathology.


It shall be the policy of the Pittsylvania County School Board that parents will notify the school division in writing if the student is not to participate in the personal/social counseling program (IJ-PC).  However, the student will not be allowed to opt-out of personal/social counseling which is needed to maintain order, discipline, or a productive learning environment.  

Notification involves completing an Opt-Out statement and returning it to the school’s main office or guidance department office.  It is highly recommended, but not required, that parents contact a school counselor or principal prior to making a decision about opting out of personal/social counseling services.  Counselors will maintain a confidential list of students who opt-out of personal/social counseling. 


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Last update: Thursday, June 30, 2016 08:54 AM