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  • The mission of the Counseling Department is

    To commit to provide a positive, relevant counseling program that is developmentally comprehensive, proactive in its approach, transformative at its core and inclusive in its inspiration, while based on the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) student competencies in the domains of academic, personal/social, college/career and rooted in our Jesuit Catholic tradition.
  • The vision of the Counseling Department is

    In collaboration with the school community, the Counseling Department is dedicated to inspiring and developing engaged, productive citizens who are independent, resilient, spiritual, culturally competent and devoted to lifelong learning and service to others.

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    Mrs. Sheila Blanchfield 

    School Counseling Department Chair
    (847) 920-2523

Do you need help for yourself or a friend?

Text LAHelp and a confidential message
to 1-844-823-5323
This anonymous service allows students to text a local licensed/certified mental health professional who is on-call 24/7 and can provide help for them or perhaps a friend that they feel is in need.

Individual Counseling

Loyola school counselors offer individual counseling to oversee their students’ growth in academic, personal/social, and college/career domains over the course of four years.
Counselors receive academic ineligibility reports and monitor students grades, consult with teachers as needed, and help students set goals and create four-year academic plans.
School counselors are responsible for responding to the immediate needs of students in crisis, whether due to medical, emotional or personal difficulty. While maintaining our professional obligation to confidentiality, counselors collaborate with parents, faculty, and outside clinicians to best support students during these times.
School counselors introduce long-term college and career planning with students during freshman and sophomore years; they collaborate with college counselors on shared students throughout the college search and application process junior and senior year.

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  • Formation Program

    The Formation Program is designed to enhance Loyola Academy’s distinctive Jesuit mission and vision, to help form young women and men for meaningful lives of leadership and service within a diverse and committed community. Formation aims to encourage students to respond to their God-given call to become Leaders in Service who are religious, intellectually competent, physically fit, loving, open to growth and committed to doing justice. The Formation Program is grounded in our over 450-year-old tradition of Jesuit education as it strives for the Magis and Cura Personalis to promote doing more and better by others, while consistently demonstrating care for the entire person. The program and curriculum is aligned with the American School Counselor Association’s established mindsets and behaviors for student success, is recognized for its commitment to developing and delivering a comprehensive, data-driven program in accordance with the ASCA National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs and meets the State of Illinois’ Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Standards.
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Counseling News

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  • Two Seniors Earn Elyssa's Mission Scholarship for Advocating for Mental Health

    Congratulations to senior Hope Squad members Alex Brennan ’21 and Courtney Trueman '21, recipients of the 2021 Elyssa's Mission Scholarship. The scholarship awards up to $5,000 to high school juniors and seniors who have successfully applied the ACT (acknowledge, care, tell) technique to help themselves or a friend, peer or community member and have promoted the Signs of Suicide (SOS)/ACT message in their community.
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  • Students Organize Webinar to Help Teens Cope with Stress in a Pandemic

    On May 12, Hope Squad members Lauren Dziedzic ’22 and Julia Swanson ’22 organized a webinar for Loyola students and parents with two prominent guest speakers, Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo, nationally known as America’s most trusted celebrity psychologist with media interviews including The Today Show, Dr. Oz, Forbes and more, and Loyola alumna Cristin McAuley ’00, LCPC, president of CMCM Services, Inc. The discussion was titled “How Teens Can Cope With the Past Year's Stressors” and focused on overcoming mental health issues within the context of a global pandemic. 
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  • Rising Seniors Named to Hope Squad National Council

    Congratulations to Hope Squad members Liam Zidar ’22 and Lauren Dziedzic ’22, who will represent Loyola Academy on the Hope Squad National Council next year! The Hope Squad National Council is composed of juniors and seniors who have served on a Hope Squad for at least one year. The National Council leads monthly support calls, organizes and presents at Hope Squad trainings and participates at national Hope Squad events and conferences.
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