Student Assistance Counseling

About Me

My name is Ashley Davenport and I have been the school counselor at Altamont since the 2009-2010 school year. I am a member of the 8 year club of Altamont, and I graduated from Altamont in 1995. I then went on to receive my B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from Birmingham-Southern College in 1999, and I completed my M.Ed in School and Community Counseling from the University of New Orleans in 2003. I am a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). I am the Past-President of the Alabama Chapter of the Association for Psychological Type International and I am a member of the American School Counselor Association.

Philosophy

My goal is to assist students in having a successful, growth-filled experience at Altamont. I firmly believe a student must feel good on the inside in order to perform to his or her highest potential, and I assist and educate students, parents, faculty, and administration in helping students fulfill this academic and emotional potential. Individual and group counseling provide students the opportunity to come to a better understanding of themselves and others. Issues surrounding peer relations, self-image, stress, and family problems often seem more manageable when students (or parents) have a safe place to talk in confidence to a trained professional.

Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice

1. Ethical Standards for School Counselors- American School Counselor Association

2. Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling

Student Support

In an effort to support students and to develop strategies for helping students, the Deans, in conjunction with the Headmaster and the Counselor, monitor the academic and personal progress of individual students. The Student Support Team meets weekly to discuss student progress and communicates their recommendations with the individual students, parents, teachers and advisors. Each student at Altamont has a faculty advisor, a teacher who is a genuinely interested adult advocate and friend. These advisors ensure that lines of communication always remain open among students, faculty and parents. In addition, each class has two designated faculty sponsors who work with students to promote honor, relieve stress, keep grades in perspective, provide a forum for age-appropriate topics, and foster relationships within their class and with faculty.

Help Sessions for those students who seek extra help in their classes are held in each of the core subject areas each week on the afternoon preceding the test day for that subject. Members of the faculty encourage students to take advantage of the resources which are provided for them, and are available for help throughout the school day.

Peer Tutoring

Peer tutoring is an effective teaching and motivational tool available for students who are struggling in one or more of their courses. Using teachers' suggestions and students' ideas to structure sessions, tutors help their peers understand concepts and build study skills. Peer tutors meet in the library once or twice a week before or after school.