COUNSELING

Counseling

Dear Holy Family Community,

It is an honor to be the school counselor and in service of the Holy Family Grade School for the 2018-2019 school year. I hold a Master ofArts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pacific Oaks College and a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Georgia. In 2016, I completed my clinical practicum training with Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services. At Hathaway, I served local public schools by providing individual, group and family therapy, crisis intervention, and assessment services for students between the ages of five and eighteen. With over 15 years in wellness and education, I integrate a whole being approach to counseling with an emphasis on mind, body and spirit. Currently I work in private practices located in Los Angeles and Pasadena, and specialize in anxiety, coping skills, depression, grief/loss, interpersonal conflict, lack of motivation, mood disorders, self-esteem, self-harm, trauma and PTSD.

My supervisor is Dr. Kathleen Fitzgerald who guides me as I work with the students and community at HFGS. Please feel free to email me at esemft@gmail.com or call me at (626) 765-1661. I am on campus Wednesdays and Thursdays. If you would like to meet in person, please email or call me to arrange an appointment.

I wish everyone a blessed school year and look forward to supporting the development and well-being of the wonderful students of HFGS.

Sincerely,

Elizabeth S. Edmunds, MA, MFT
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist # 94102

www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/elizabeth-s-edmunds-pasadena-ca/330345

The mission and purpose of the school is education. Schools do not assume the responsibilities proper to the family and to society. Schools may not assume the responsibility for psychological counseling or therapy because they are not qualified or licensed to provide such counseling or therapy.

Schools may engage in the following activities in addition to providing classroom instruction:

  • Provide advice regarding academic subjects and student progress in school
  • Give limited guidance to students who present with non-academic personal issues or situations
  • Provide referrals to marriage and family counselors, child psychologists, licensed academic psychologists, psychiatrists and similar professional for diagnosis and treatment. If the school provides referrals to parents, the list must include at least three names of qualified persons or entities
  • Retain, where necessary, appropriate professionals to provide educational testing that is needed for assessment of a student’s academic ability, learning patterns, achievement motivation, and personality factors directly related to academic learning problems, or psychological counseling services for the school. Prior to entering into such a contractual relationship, the principal will ensure that the person is credentialed, licensed or otherwise properly qualified. The school may refer a student for specific or additional testing, as appropriate, generally at the parent/guardian’s expense.

In cases of actual or suspected child abuse or abuse of vulnerable adults, the Archdiocesan Victims’ Assistance Ministry is available as a resource. The Victims’ Assistance Ministry provides outreach and guidance to those suffering from abuse; sponsors a faith-based trauma recovery program; and assists in informing parish, school, archdiocesan and governmental authorities of the allegations of abuse. Referral to the Victims’ Assistance Ministry is not a substitute for mandated reporting of suspected abuse. Such a report must be made in accordance with Archdiocesan policy.