The cOunseling Team
The Counseling Team at Belmont Hill monitors the emotional health of boys at the School, offering understanding and professional support. Boys can face a range of issues including anxiety, depression, academic frustration, painful family situations, friendship or romantic complications. The School works to identify boys who are struggling academically or emotionally, and directs them to professional counseling at or outside of Belmont Hill.
THE HEALTH TEAM
The Health Team aims to gather information from advisors, teachers, and coaches about the emotional well being of boys and creates a treatment plan to support the student. The Health Team is composed of the Counseling Department, the Upper School Director, the Middle School Director, the school’s nurse, and the director of the Office of Academic Support.
Counseling Department Programs
Ms. Schmunk leads a number of counseling group meetings for boys, which help boys to open up about their life situations.
For students who are gay, bi-sexual, or questioning their sexuality. This is an extremely confidential group that meets when needed. This group evolved several years ago to support students who might want to talk to other boys who are gay, bi-sexual, or questioning their sexuality.
Ms. Schmunk leads a weekly Family Group, composed of boys whose parents are divorced, separated, or experiencing complicated family dynamics.
As needed, support groups in specialized areas are created such as grief counseling, grade reclassification, injury and recovery, as well as affinity groups. The department also helps boys returning from programs abroad to transition back into the Belmont Hill community, and plays a role in supporting boys who are new to the School community.