Mrs. Kopf has been the At Risk Student Professional for 27 years at Benjamin Rush Middle School. Mrs. Kopf has a BA in Interpersonal Communications from Hanover College. Prior to coming to BRMS, Mrs. Kopf spent 3 years working for Family and Children Services.
BRMS students may request to talk to a counselor by filling out a yellow Counselor Request Form (available in all classrooms, in the front lobby & on the Guidance and Student Services home page) and submitting the form at the Front Desk. The BRMS Guidance Office is open M, Tu, Th, F 8:00 am-3:30 pm and W 8:00 am-2:30 pm.
Work with all students to encourage a safe school climate of trust and respect.
Meet individually with students to do brief, solution-focused counseling.
Help struggling students to make positive choices.
Collaborate with parents/guardians, teachers, support staff, and administration.
Maintain confidentiality of students and their families unless there is a safety concern.
Provide information and education about student academic and social-emotional needs.
Work with only certain segments of the school population.
Facilitate therapy groups.
Meet individually with students to do long term, mental health counseling/therapy.
Handle discipline issues.
Share information about students and their families in a nonprofessional nature.
Interfere with classroom management.