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Ms. Nicole Welch

School Counselor

Meet the School Counselor:
Name: Nicole Welch
Contact Information:
     -  (814) 725-8671 ext. 2005
     -  Master of Arts in School Counseling from Edinboro University
     -  Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Special Education from Edinboro University
Professional Memberships:
     -  Pennsylvania School Counselors Association
     -  American School Counselor Association
     -  Pennsylvania State Education Association

What does the School Counselor do?

My main role at North East Middle School is to support all students academically, socially, and emotionally; as well as to provide opportunities for college and career exploration and education. I meet with students individually and in small groups. I also teach a guidance class to all 6th grade students. I utilize brief solution focused counseling techniques, as well as a person centered approach. Students in need of more intensive therapy services will be referred to our Student Assistance Program.

What is the Student Assistance Program?

The Student Assistance Program (SAP), is a program designed to identify and assist students who experience barriers to learning. The SAP team is comprised of teachers, administrators, school personnel, and drug & alcohol and mental health professionals. The SAP team will help students and families find services within the school, and if necessary, the community. Anyone can refer a child to the SAP team. To do so, please follow this link to the Student Assistance Referral Form.

What is Guidance Class?

Guidance Class is a “specials” class available to all students in 6th grade. The class covers a series of lessons that fall under the categories of Academic Wellness, Mental Health, and College and Career Readiness. Students participate every other day for one quarter of the school year. More detailed information can be found on the school’s curriculum page.

Useful Links and Resources:

COVID-19 Mental Health Resources
Crisis Services of Safe Harbor: 814-456-2014 or 1-800-300-9558
Family Services of NWPA:  1-800-634-2560
Crime Victims Center of Erie: 814-455-9414
Erie County Children Services: 419-626-5437
Al-Anon Family Groups: (888) 425-2666
Alcoholics Anonymous:(814) 452-2675
Child Protective Services:(814) 451-6000
Millcreek Community Hospital Behavioral Health Care: (814) 881-5393
The Achievement Center: (814) 459-2755
Pyramid Healthcare: (814) 456-2203