C.F. Rowley Alternative School Counseling Program
C.F. Rowley has 2 licensed social workers on staff. The part-time social worker is at the school 3 days a week and serves the special education students. The full time social worker is at the school 5 days a week and serves the regular education students and the special education students in the absence of the special education social worker.
In addition to the social workers, the Principal is also a National Board Certified school counselor and she is responsible for the state testing, scheduling, and academic planning components of the school program.
Rowley benefits from the services of a psychiatrist and a staff of psychiatric residents from LSUMHSC who visit the school once a week to provide behavioral counseling and medicinal counseling. Their services are provided through a grant. When necessary, the administrators and social workers will refer students and families to community or outside counseling services and may also recommend a mental health evaluation if a student is at risk or in emotional crisis.
The Rowley mental health staff oversees the activities for Red Ribbon Week; facilitates groups following the RULER approach to social and emotional learning; meets with students individually; assists parents and guardians in meeting the mental health needs of their children; and, conducts monthly substance abuse classes for students who have been expelled to Rowley for substance related offenses.
The staff at C.F. Rowley serves as mentors to individual students who are having issues which are hindering their academic and behavioral success. All faculty and staff members consistently address issues faced by students at-risk and will seek out the guidance and assistance of the members of the school-based mental health professionals. The Rowley vision is holistic in its philosophy for working with students. It is the development of the whole child upon which they focus. They strive daily to meet the emotional and psychological needs of the students in addition to the academic and behavioral needs.
Parents and guardians are encouraged to communicate on a regular basis with the social workers and administration in order to voice their concerns regarding their children's emotional well-being and to enjoy a collaborative relationship that can best meet the needs of their children.