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.
The Dexter Community is Invited!
Depression and Anxiety Presentation
March 7, 2019
As mental health issues among youth continue to increase, it is more important than ever for parents to know how to recognize symptoms and understand how to help. The members of the Mill Creek Peer-To-Peer Team cordially invite all Parents (and children as parents deem appropriate) to this special event.
Speakers from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Community High School, and local experts will address:
Signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety and how these issues affect our schools and our community
What may be going on “behind the scenes” that children are afraid to communicate to parents
Hear from individuals who have direct experience with depression and anxiety discuss how to talk to your child about mental health.
- Meet Andrea, a high school student, and learn from her experience with depression
- Learn from students and UM staff about how parents can be helpful in understanding and assisting a child who is struggling
Will Heininger is Outreach Coordinator at the U-M Depression Center and a former U-M Defensive lineman, who shares his story of overcoming major depression and anxiety while playing football and attending school at the University of Michigan. He works with the Outreach & Education staff at the Depression Center to deliver relatable mental health education, and improve outcomes in populations such as schools, businesses, athletic departments, teams, and communities. You can read more about his story here.
Andrea Schnell is a student at Ann Arbor Community High School and a speaker for Peer-To-Peer Trainings at the UM Depression Center. The Mill Creek P2P students met her in November and were so impressed with her story and the information she has to share that they wanted to invite her to be part of this event.
Stephanie Salazar, MPH is Outreach and Education Program Manager at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center. Earning her Master of Public Health in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan, she has experience planning and implementing health education and outreach initiatives for adolescents and young adults. Current projects include the Peer-to-Peer Depression Awareness Project, a peer-based mental health program for middle and high school students throughout Washtenaw County.