Who is Assurance Counseling?
We are a Mental Health Outpatient Counseling Agency located in Windber and have successfully created school-based counseling programs in Somerset and Cambria County school districts. Integrating counseling practices into the school day empowers students to care for their emotional and behavioral needs and reach their full potential!
Julia Dello and Angela Yoder are both Licensed Professional Counselors from Assurance who work in partnership with local area school districts to facilitate and supervise the counseling program.
Erika Broeker has her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is a National Certified Counselor who is working toward licensure in the state of Pennsylvania.
Melissa Statler has her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and has many years of experience supporting individuals with emotional and behavioral challenges.
How to begin Counseling Services?
- You or your child can contact Assurance Counseling directly.
- The School Counselor can assist you in the process of connecting with services.
- The Parent/Guardian will need to schedule an intake (in person, phone, video) and complete Release of Information and Consent forms prior to starting counseling services.
- Parent/Guardian consent is required for all counseling services including small groups.
Student Assistance Program
Our staff are trained and actively involved in the school’s SAP program. Your child can use Assurance Counseling Services independent of SAP or in conjunction with this program.
Erika Broeker: firstname.lastname@example.org
Melissa Statler: email@example.com
Elementary School phone: 814-535-6724 ext. 271
Junior/Senior High School phone: 814-288-5757 ext. 233
Assurance Counseling Services is committed to the health and safety of you and your family and complies with all COVID-19 safety guidelines. We offer telehealth counseling services (video and phone sessions), face to face services (with safety measures in place), and as needed home visits.
Individual Clinical Counseling Services
- Offered for Elementary, Junior, and Senior High School students
Individual Counseling services can begin with a student, parent, or SAP referral. The counseling process will begin with signed Consent for Treatment followed by an intake with a parent/guardian. An intake is to gather information and determine if school-based counseling services will best meet the student’s needs.
Individual treatment plans and crisis prevention plans will be created collaboratively to guide the treatment goals of counseling. Clinicians use evidence-based interventions for all aspects of the counseling process.
Sessions can take place during the school day or after school hours through in-person sessions or telehealth (phone or video) sessions.
Our Master’s level clinicians will work collaboratively with school and community resources with student/parent/guardian consent. Services may include linking individuals and their families with additional information, resources, and home visits for support to create the best opportunities for success.
Group Counseling Services
Small group counseling sessions will be held throughout the school year and run in approximately 6 week cycles. Small groups allow students the opportunity to connect with peers who experience similar needs and learn from each other's strengths. Groups may be therapeutic or skill building groups, the focus of the group will be clearly explained prior to the start of a group.
Behavioral Counseling Services
- For Elementary Students
Individual or Small Group skill-building instruction
This is a non-clinical skill-building instructional program overseen by Master’s level clinicians. Elementary students will learn from evidenced based interventions based and work toward individualized treatment goals; delivered from a Bachelor’s level counselor. Some examples of target behavior goals may include: anger management, self-esteem, communication, self-control, compliance with rules/expectations.
Sessions will take place during the school day. Parent/guardian involvement will be strongly encouraged from the initial intake throughout progress toward treatment goals.
In the event of a student’s school-based mental health crisis, Assurance counselors may be utilized in addition to existing crisis intervention procedures. Assurance counselors can begin de-escalation strategies, assessments, and safety planning. Partnering with the district allows for a prompt response to all crisis needs and allows for support to the student and family through the entire process.
Current crisis certifications: ASSIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), and CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management). All Master’s level clinicians have been trained in these interventions that equip us to manage critical events and assess/intervene with suicidality.