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School Counseling Department
Director: Mr. Terence J. Houlihan, MS Ed., CRS
 
Exclusively offered to freshmen, small peer groups (7-10 members) are facilitated by two exemplary upperclassmen (seniors and juniors). Groups meet every other cycle and discuss topics related to adjusting to high school, developmental concerns, academic issues, etc. Peer Ministers (Gold Team) attend instructional workshops on a monthly basis and meet with the director and other Peer Ministers (PMs) in the mornings for supervision and support. A small number of senior PMs will be assigned to work directly with freshman homerooms during the fall.
 
 
A Peer Minister is a young man who strives to…
  • Live a life energized by an eagerness to mature emotionally and spiritually
  • Offer an example of Christian leadership to his peers
  • Empathetically listen to others
  • Honor his commitments
  • Conduct himself honorably in all aspects of his life
  • Reflect the values embodied by Blessed Edmund Rice
  • Reach out to others in need
  • Model healthy behavior and willingly disclose parts of himself
 
Recruitment comes through application forms, personal interviews, and receiving feedback from faculty and administration.  The application process begins in April.  Please contact Mr. Houlihan at 914-600-6160 or thoulihan@ionaprep.org for further information.