Students face an overwhelming number of challenges, stresses, and situations in their everyday lives at school and outside of school. Sometimes these issues, when left untreated or ignored can lead to learning, social, and/or emotional problems. Harbor Springs Public Schools offers an array of student mental health services throughout the K-12 continuum. These services are free of charge and are designed to be convenient for students and their families. Below, you will find several services that are available for our students. Please do not hesitate to contact the appropriate mental health care provider or your school counselor to initiate a referral. Click here for printable counseling services brochure.
Professional School Counselor Services - All Schools
Our professional school counseling staff provides a myriad of services to students including classroom social and emotional learning lessons, small groups, connection to community resources for food and clothing, academic and school related behavioral support and crisis response. They act as a liaison between students, faculty, and administration. School counselors serve as the point person for making referrals to other school and/or community mental health providers. Depending on the level (elementary, middle, or high school), our counselors serve in a variety of other roles including career and college exploration and guidance, testing, and academic advising.
Dr. Joelle Drader
Ram Wellness Program - All Schools
The Harbor Springs Ram Wellness Program helps children and teens gain confidence and learn strategies to be more successful in and out of the classroom. The school-based behavioral health program is operated by Health Department of Northwest Michigan in collaboration with Harbor Springs Public Schools. With parental/guardian permission, our licensed clinical social worker/counselor offers individual, group, and family therapy conveniently located in Harbor Springs Public Schools for easy access.
Topics/Areas of Treatment Include: Anxiety; Depression; Anger management; Relationship/social skills issues; Grief/loss; Family stressors; Parenting support strategies; Managing behavior and emotions; and Developing healthy coping strategies.
Please don’t hesitate to contact either of our mental health therapists that support our Ram Wellness Program. Amy Beck services our elementary schools. Amanda Rothfuss services our middle school and high school.
Title VI Services Native American Advocacy and Support - All Schools
Tamara Kiogima, born and raised in Petoskey, recently earned her Bachelors Degree from Central Michigan University in Community Development in May 2019. She is currently pursuing her Masters Degree from Michigan State University in Youth Development. Tamara is an elected official for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Tribal Council. She is the Title VI Coordinator and K-12 Native American Student Advocate at the Harbor Springs Public Schools. Title VI offers cultural activities, higher education assistance, provides help to families in need of resources from Tribal Programs, facilitates monthly Talking Circles in the high school and middle school, limited tutoring assistance, and hosts the Annual Native Youth Lock-in. Title VI collaborates with the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians and Michigan State University Extension for different programming opportunities. The LTBB offers an array of mental health support systems for K-12 students.