Individual and Group Counseling

Most students who are placed at TAQ will have some history of difficulty succeeding academically or socially in the mainstream school environment. For this reason, each student at TAQ receives individualized counseling to address his or her unique social and emotional needs which helps to maximize chances for educational and vocational success.

Mr. Scappaticci is a Certified School Counselor and Licensed Professional Therapist. He will work with each TAQ student individually to develop a plan for personal, social and academic growth. Students will have access to regular individual counseling as well as situational support when needed. Counseling may also include career and college readiness and planning strategies. All counseling is considered confidential, and an opportunity for each student to address personal issues of concern or to work on future areas of growth and planning. There are a few exceptions to confidentiality, and they include:

  • Harm or threat of harm to self or others. In this situation, appropriate action will be taken to protect the student or intended victim of harm.
  • Suspected or reported physical or sexual abuse. Each TAQ employee is a mandated reporter for abuse or suspected abuse. If abuse is reported or suspected, a report must be made.

Group Counseling

The students at TAQ are engaged in small group counseling groups once a week with Mr. Scappaticci for the purpose of developing and practicing social and emotional coping skills. Groups focus on their strengths and weaknesses in coping with and effectively managing the difficulties they may encounter in daily life, so that they may become more effective as learners and participants in school and other environments. Many students come to realize that the skills they learned in the group counseling have helped and empowered them to improve their functioning not only educationally, but also within the family, social, and vocational settings. These changes often lead to increased self-esteem for most students. Some examples of the skills taught and practiced in group counseling include:

  • How to recognize and manage stress and frustration
  • How to manage anger and strong emotions
  • How to develop and maintain healthy friendships
  • How to establish trust and boundaries in relationships
  • How to negotiate win-win solutions in school, at home, and at work
  • How to manage conflicts with others in a variety of settings
  • How to get organized and manage distractions
  • How to understand and improve concentration and attention difficulties
  • How to effectively give and receive feedback to others (positive and negative)
  • How to resolve and prevent interpersonal problems
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