School Counseling

Here you can find information about school counselor services at DNHS

Mrs. Ames

My name is Trisha Ames and this is my 12th year at Dike-New Hartford High School as the 9-12 school counselor. I have enjoyed my time here at Dike-New Hartford very much and hope to continue on in the future. My educational background includes a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree in School Counseling from the University of Northern Iowa.

My duties for the district include assisting students with college planning, career counseling, counseling services, at-risk planning and intervention, standardized testing and scheduling.

I have been married for 12 years to my husband, Trent Ames, who is employed by the University of Northern Iowa as the Facilities Coordinator for the UNI Athletic Department. We live in Dike with our 2 daughters, Addison & Evanee.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Dike-New Hartford School District professional school counseling program is to provide a comprehensive, preventive and developmental school counseling program for all students. The counseling program addresses academic, career and personal/social development for all students to become productive, lifelong learners.

Counselor Role

The Four Components of a Comprehensive School Counseling Program: Guidance Curriculum, Individual Planning, Responsive Services, System Report

Guidance Curriculum

Provides guidance content in a systematic way for the purpose of skill development and application of skills learned.

Counselor Role: Structured Groups Classroom Instruction Leadership and Consultation

Individual Planning

Assists students in planning, monitoring, and managing their educational, personal/social, and career development goals.

Counselor Role: Assessment Planning and placement Individual conference planning, implementation, and assessment

Responsive Services

Addresses the immediate concerns of learners. The purpose is prevention, intervention, and referral as needed.

Counselor Role: Individual and small group, crisis and developmental counseling Consultation Referral

System Report

Includes program, staff, and school support activities and services. The purpose is to provide support and leadership in program delivery

Counselor Role: Provide leadership, facilitative, and organization skills in:

Program management Leadership and consultation