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Student Support Services

Mission

The mission of Saint Thomas Academy’s counseling department is to provide a comprehensive, developmental counseling program to meet the academic, personal/social, as well as college/career needs of all students.  Members of the counseling department advocate for students and support them throughout their middle and high school career while preparing them for post-secondary plans.  Department members help students maximize their academic achievement while acknowledging every student’s individual uniqueness.  Partnering with educators, parents/guardians, and the community, department members strive to ensure all students at STA develop the skills, knowledge, and understanding necessary to be successful in their future endeavors.

The role of the school counselor:
At the core of the Saint Thomas Academy mission statement is the development of healthy, well-rounded young men who are holistically prepared to be leaders in the world community. The counseling department promotes services which foster emotional health and personal growth, prepares students for post-secondary life, and supports them in coping with difficulties which might adversely impact their academic progress and personal development.

Below is helpful information regarding Mental Health and its different forms.  See below for helpful resources and tips on how you can better help your child cope.

For more Information on resources that are available see the A-Z Mental Health menu below, navigate to our Learning Specialist page by
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or 

Help your child become more involved! Navigate to our School's Athletics or Clubs and Co-Curriculars pages!

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Crisis Hotlines:

  • Crisis Connection - 24 hour Crisis Phone Line: 612-379-6363
  • Local Crisis Line: Dial **274747
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
  • Crisis Text Line: text MN to 741741

meet the team:

Justin Larson
School Counselor 6-9
(651) 683-1524 and
jlarson@cadets.com

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Jake Ingalls
School Counselor, Grades 9-12, Assistant Football Coach (Freshmen) 
jingalls@cadets.com

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Gayle Knopik
6-12 Chemical Health Counselor
gknopik@cadets.com

A-Z Mental Health

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Confidentiality

Our team is committed to respecting the rights of confidentiality entitled to each person in the counselor-counselee relationship. However, there are certain circumstances mandated by law in which information must be provided by the counselor to other parties. These circumstances are stated below:

  • If the counselor has reason to believe the counselee is in danger of harming himself/herself or others.
  • If the counselee reveals information indicating another person(s) is in danger of harming himself/herself or others.
  • If the counselee has been, or is currently, a victim or perpetrator of physical or sexual abuse or a perpetrator of vulnerable adult abuse.
  • If the counselee or parent/legal guardian formally requests a release of information to a health professional outside of the school setting.
  • If a court orders a release of information.