DHS Counseling Department

The mission of the Dexter High School counseling department is to provide high quality, comprehensive school counseling services to all students. Our program, as guided by the ASCA National Model, is designed to help all students develop and enhance their academic, career, and personal/social strengths in order to become responsible and productive citizens. There is a commitment to individual uniqueness and the maximum development of human potential. Through the skillful use of strategic, timely, and personal interventions, counselors customize educational experiences in order to enhance capabilities, close achievement gaps among high and low performing groups and support positive choices.

Read more about our guiding principles, services, standards, and focus areas in our School Counseling Mission Statement.

Counseling News

New Mental Health Resource
Posted 06/06/2018 05:00PM

It's a Journey

The district would like to share with you all a new mental health resource for families: a new podcast series called "It's a Journey." This is part of a collaborative program between Mill Creek Middle School and Eastern Michigan University's Occupational Therapy program.  

EMU's OT program reached out to meet with district administration and mental health staff to identify ways to support some of the struggles facing our community's kids. One of the trigger points identified was the stress and anxiety that can emerge in teens as they are transitioning from middle to high school. Transitions naturally cause feelings of uncertainty. For teens, moving to high school is often one of the first big transitions they navigate while simultaneously trying to not rely so heavily on their parents. The graduate OT students worked to develop a program we piloted in May of 2018 where we used motivational interviewing to support students in developing skills and strategies around time management, managing distractions, homework/project tracking, stress management and self-advocacy skill development. As a part of the program developed we felt it was important to give parents some resources and information too. 

Parenting teens is not an easy task. Being a parent is a journey and while there are a good amount of resources for the earlier years, the teen years seem to be a "fend for yourself" kind of time. The objective for these podcasts is to give you as a parent some strategies and ideas to support your teen and make the journey feel a little less lonely for us all.

The podcast series was recorded by Amy Lamb, OTD, OT/L, FAOTA who is President of the American Occupational Therapy Association and Associate Professor at Eastern Michigan University and who oversaw the development of the pilot program and its implementation with her graduate students. Amy is also a Dexter Community Schools parent and navigating this journey right along with all of you!

Please visit the Mill Creek "It's a Journey" podcast page.

This week's podcast is titled "Generation Z."

Contact Us

  • DHS Counseling Office
    2200 N. Parker Rd.
    Dexter, MI 48130
  • School Hours
    M-F 8:00am - 2:51pm
    Half Days
    8:00am - 11:25am
    Office Hours
    M-F 7:30am - 4:30pm
  • (734) 424-4240 option 2
    (734) 424-4252 fax

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  • Dexter Community Schools  734-424-4100
  • Bates School, 2704 Baker Rd.
    Dexter, MI 48130 
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