Lakeside’s In-School Counselors are crucial to providing essential support to students with behavioral health or special education needs. The services they provide have proven to be an invaluable resource as both a prevention strategy for students at risk of being out-placed, intervention, or as a component of transition for students returning to public school from an alternative, mental health, or juvenile justice placement.

In-School Counselors are available to school districts on a full-time or part-time basis.

To learn more about Lakeside’s In-School Counselors, please contact Connie Hughes at 215-356-8164.


In-School Counselors are equipped to work with all school-age children attending public school. Student eligibility criteria are established by the school districts in which In-School Counselors work. Students typically served include those with behavioral health and/or special education related needs such as, but not limited to:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Crisis intervention
  • Transition support
  • Hospitalization and placement aftercare
  • Emotional or behavioral support
  • Substance abuse
  • Social skill development
  • Conflict and anger management
  • Decision making
  • Problem solving and self-advocacy
  • Attendance and academic accountability

Services and Features

  • Professional staff with Master’s degrees in Counseling or Social Work
  • Individual and/or group counseling with a focus on success in school
  • Licensed mental health care professionals qualified to provide Medical Asssistance eligible therapeutic services
  • Counseling provided as a related service as per students’ Individualized Education Programs (IEP’s)
  • Coordination of mental health services and care
  • Specific role variable based on school districts’ needs
  • Parent consultation as needed
  • Staff dedicated to a comprehensive team approach to help facilitate positive changes in students
  • Counseling support provided with a primary focus on being trauma informed and brain based

Current School Districts Served