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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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    Mr. Tyler Vradenburg 

    School Counseling Department Chair
    (847) 920-2521

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.
Dial 988
The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the United States.

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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  • *Parent Presentation Sheds Light on Current Trends in Adolescent Mental Health & Substance Use

    Parent Presentation Sheds Light on Current Trends in Adolescent Mental Health & Substance Use

    On Monday, February 13, approximately one hundred Rambler parents and guardians gathered in Loyola’s Leemputte Family Theater to hear from experts in adolescent mental health and substance use regarding current trends among young people.
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  • Two Ramblers Present at Hope Squad International Webinar

    Lauren Dziedzic '22 and Liam Zidar '22 presented at the 2021 Hope Squad International Conference last month. “They did so well, were very vulnerable and received such positive feedback from their peers,” says Director of Counseling Mrs. Sheila Blanchfield, who moderates Loyola’s Hope Squad along with School Counselors Ms. Colleen Fahrenbach '11, Dr. Gabrielle Feldman, PhD, and Mrs. Erin Shapiro. Hope Squad is a peer-to-peer program that trains "squads" of students to recognize peers at risk for suicide and then access immediate help from an adult.  Both Liam and Lauren were named to the Hope Squad National Council last spring.
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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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