K-12 GUIDANCE/COUNSELING/SOCIAL WORK
The Brunswick School Department employs Maine Department of Education-certified guidance counselors for all schools in the Brunswick School system. There is currently one counselor for each elementary school, with greater numbers of counselors at the junior high and high school level. At every level, school counselors are an integral part of the school environment, working with children, staff and parents to meet the needs of each student. Counselors perform a variety of tasks, including working individually with students, serving as a resource for parents and staff, implementing the guidance curricula and actively participating in Section 504 and Individualized Education Planning meetings for children with special needs. For more information about the guidance staff at each school, please visit one of the school links below.
Social workers can provide individual and group therapy — including, but not limited to stress management techniques, emotional regulation skills, and social and problem-solving skills. Social workers connect students and families to community resources in order to reduce/eliminate environmental barriers such as homelessness, substance abuse or food insecurity. They also can assess emotional and social functioning, mental health symptoms including trauma, peer issues, suicidal and homicidal ideations and other environmental factors in order to determine how they present barriers to educational success; they also assist and support students in overcoming such barriers. Additionally, crisis assessment and management, including safety planning, can be provided. In short, social workers collaborate with community providers and parents in supporting the social/emotional and academic growth of students.
Brunswick High School
Brunswick Junior High School
Harriet Beecher Stowe School
Mary Kunhardt, Brunswick High School
Caitlin D’Amour, Brunswick Junior High School
Tracy Carrier, Harriet Beecher Stowe School
Jacie Morrison, Coffin School
Susan Burns-Chong, The REAL School
Bear Shea, The REAL School