Student Assistance Program
Common Questions for Student Assistance
What is the Student Assistance Program?
A Student Assistance Program (SAP) is an on-site counselor who identifies and assists students experiencing personal stressors that can impede their school performance, and negatively impact their social and emotional well-being. The SAP works with students who are dealing with a variety of personal issues, including those related to alcohol and other drugs, depression, anxiety, academic issues, family and friend stressors to name a few. Once a student is referred to the SAP, the counselor will meet with the student for an assessment. The counselor then refers the student to other services in the school or community; or the SAP counselor will provide brief counseling to address specific issues.
How Do Students Access the Program?
- Students can be referred by a teacher, parent, or a friend out of concern about specific behavior which indicates that the student may be dealing with personal problems.
- Students can refer themselves, by visiting the SAP counselor in room 103-F (in the Counseling Office).
- A student who is caught in violation of the school's alcohol and other drug policy and will be required to participate in an alcohol and drug education group.
What should I be looking for when making a referral to SAP?
- Rapid decline in grades
- Losss of interest in activities
- Tardiness or truancy
- Legal problems due to substance abuse
- Friends or school personnel expressing concern
- New set of friends
- Decreased immunity - sick more often
- Drastic weight loss or gain
- Bloodshot eyes, dull or glassy, dilated or constricted
- No explanation for how money was spent
- Mood swings
- Loss of memory for certain periods of time (blackouts)
- Secrecy, dishonesty, excuses, defensiveness
- Withdrawal from family
- Anger and/or defiance