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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
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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.
Academic:
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.
Personal/Social:
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.
College/Career:
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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  • 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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  • Loyola's Hope Squad Promotes Mental Health and Wellness Among Peers

    In March 2020, one month after Loyola Academy launched Hope Squad, 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, the global COVID-19 crisis took hold, forcing most schools and businesses into a strict lockdown. For a program modeled on building connections between students, the situation presented a seemingly insurmountable challenge. But, for the eighty-nine members of Loyola's Hope Squad, adaptability was the name of the game.
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  • School Counselor Sarah Bennett shares words of wisdom with the Class of 2020.

    School Counselors Share Advice and Memories with the Senior Class

    Each fall, our school counselors prepare a popular “icebreaker” exercise for freshmen in the early days of formation class which involves tossing a beach ball with questions written around it. After the ball is tossed, the catcher is instructed to answer the question positioned closest to his or her pinky finger. It’s a game every senior at Loyola has played, and this spring our counselors decided to revisit the exercise and create a farewell video to the Class of 2020.
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  • Dr. Phil Sheridan '78 on the Dangers of Vaping

    Dr. Phil Sheridan '78 on the Dangers of Vaping

    Amid rising concerns about the dangers and health risks of vaping, Loyola Academy sought the expertise of current parent, alumnus and pulmonologist Dr. Phil Sheridan '78, who delivered a very important and timely presentation to students on October 30.
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  • Career Days Inspire Juniors to Explore Future Paths

    Career Days Inspire Juniors to Explore Future Paths

    In March, Loyola Academy’s Counseling Department hosted a series of Career Days for junior students with dozens of guest speakers representing a diversity of professions including law, finance, technology, real estate, business, medicine and more. Each speaker provided a unique perspective and a valuable learning opportunity for juniors as they begin to consider their future paths.
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  • Career Day Helps Seniors Look to the Future

    Career Day Helps Seniors Look to the Future

    In November, Loyola Academy’s Counseling Department hosted a series of Career Days for senior students with dozens of guest speakers representing a variety of professions from law, finance, technology, real estate, business, medicine and more. Each speaker provided diverse perspective and a valuable learning opportunity for seniors as they begin to consider their future paths.
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