Catholic school children develop a sense of emotional well-being and self-esteem through our Parish School Counseling program.

Our counselors use a variety of age-appropriate approaches to support children both in and out of the classroom.

Counselors consult with the principal and teachers to develop an individualized program at each school. Service is provided individually, in groups, and in classroom guidance activities.

The nature of services can vary according to the needs of the school. The amount of time that the counselor spends at the school can vary according to school needs and budget. The three most common services requested by schools include:

Individual, group and classroom counseling for the students.

Consultation for administrators and teachers regarding the students' emotional, academic and behavioral well-being.

Brief counseling with parents making referrals when long-term mental health treatment is indicated.


Parish School Counseling is available to all Catholic Schools in the Madison Diocese. Services are provided at contracting schools and in 2014 the program was offered at St. James in Madison, St. Jerome in Columbus, St. Mary’s in Portage, and St. John the Baptist in Jefferson. If you are interested in contracting with us for this program please contact Jerilyn via the information at the top right of this page.

2016 Service Results


100% of principals and teachers reported a decrease in disruptive student behaviors.

100% of teachers reported students performed better in academic subjects as a result of have a school counselor present.

100% of teachers reported students were able to focus better on academic subjects.

100% of teachers reported student attitudes and behaviors improved.

90% of students reported they focused better in school.

91% of students reported they got along better with classmates.

Help for Students


Dealing with Feelings

Making and Keeping Friends

Family Change

Decision Making

Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence

Dealing with Bullies

Depression and Anxiety

Time Management

Stress Management

Help for Parents


Professional Consultation

Brief Counseling Services (with focus on the needs of the student)

Supportive Services

Resources and Referral

Help for Teachers


Professional Consultation

Supportive Services

Assurance that the students’ mental health needs are being addressed

Resources and Referral


Jerilyn Robinson, LCSW
Director of Family Programs

Catholic Charities
702 S. High Point Road, Ste. 105
Madison, WI 53719
P: (608) 826-8010