So what can we do about the high school counseling crisis that worries Mr. Stanczykiewicz and should worry all of us? Until we can employ more well-qualified high school counselors and therapists, closer collaboration with parents, health care resources, local government, churches and other community organizations is crucial. That’s a good place to begin, but it won’t reach all troubled adolescents. Nothing ever will, but even if we only help one kid at a time, that’s something. Winning many little battles may be just as good as winning a single big one!
Mark Heinig Jr. of Kokomo is a retired Indiana principal and teacher. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.