Guidance Philosophy Statement

Philosophy of Counseling Professionals at Chatham Central Schools:

We believe that all students:

  • Can be successful
  • Deserve a safe and welcoming school environment
  • Are diverse individuals and have unique learning abilities
  • Can overcome obstacles and have the ability to make appropriate decisions to lead healthy lives
  • Benefit from a sense of belonging
  • Face developmental challenges
  • Have the ability to develop self-awareness
  • Can be productive members of the world of work and the 21st century


We believe our role is to:

  • Address the academic, social and career domains of all students
  • Advocate, lead, coordinate, collaborate and educate students to achieve success
  • Use data to guide program planning and decision making to evaluate results
  • Be lifelong learners


We believe it is important for our program to:

  • Be comprehensive, preventative, developmental and standards based
  • Address the needs of a diverse and changing community
  • Be provided by Certified Professionals (School Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologist)
  • Be integrated with the School, District and State goals
  • Foster a sense of belonging and purpose within the school and larger community