CONTACT US

1780 Como Park Blvd.
Depew, NY 14043

716-686-5014
Fax 716-686-2459

Office Hours: 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

COUNSELORS

Belinda Westfield, M.S.
Grades 4-5
School Counselor
716-686-5015
bwestfield@depewschools.org

Jane Janus, M.S.
Grades 2-3
School Counselor
716-686-5013
jjanus@depewschools.org

Lorraine Wojtkowiak, Ed.M.
Kindergarten - Grade 1
716-686-5014
lwojtkowiak@depewschools.org

We Provide Support:

Divorce Support Groups (Banana Splits)
Stress Reduction Groups
Behavioral Groups
Socialization Groups
Coping Skills Groups
Parenting Seminars
In class sessions
Individual sessions
Separation anxiety
School fears
Issues of death and dying and/or loss
COA Groups
Conflict Resolution

WHO IS A SCHOOL COUNSELOR?

  • A New York state certified, specially educated, caring person
  • A school person who provides guidance to all students
  • A resource person
  • A coordinator
  • A consultant
  • A group facilitator
  • A teacher
  • A person who helps teachers, parents, students and administrators

WHAT DOES A SCHOOL COUNSELOR DO?

  • Works with individuals and groups

  • Helps identify needs of students

  • Encourages better inter-personal relationships

  • Promotes positive attitudes and choices

  • Aids teachers and parents in helping students

  • Assists people in making use of community resources

  • Reviews tests results to provide information about abilities, needs, achievements and interests

  • Assists students with growing-up process

  • Coordinates efforts with other school agencies

  • Coordinates referrals to outside agencies

  • Facilities discussion groups

  • Assists with in-service for faculty

  • Participates in curriculum development

  • Lends support to school, career and personal plans

  • Maintains confidences

  • Provides "preventive" counseling

We Can Help

Students.....

After watching the news I get scared.
I'm new here and I can't seem to make friends.
I don't seem to be getting along with my parents.
I'm worried about my work and I wonder if I'll pass.
I don't have a problem-I just wanted to tell you that my dog died.
I just have to talk to someone who won't laugh at me and listens to me.
My parents are getting a divorce, I think.

Teachers/Administrators.....

I need some ideas to help my students develop more positive relationships.
John is very restless in my classroom.
Joan is often absent.
Joe is a new student and needs some special attention.
Jane's behavior has been quite different lately.

Parents.....

Sam has difficulty getting off to school in the morning.
Sarah doesn't seem to have friends and spends a great deal of time by herself.
Jean scores high on standardized tests, but the teacher says she is doing failing work.
Sean has difficulty going to sleep at night and often has nightmares.
We don't seem to be able to communicate with Sally.
Our daughter is getting poor grades and we don't know how to help her.