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Counseling & Parent Resources


Counseling is offered to students through self-referral, teacher-referral, or parent-referral. Students may utilize this service to obtain support around a number of personal issues, such as academic stress, social issues, adjustment issues, & bereavement, and a solution-focused approach is utilized. Community resources are also provided for those students who require more comprehensive interventions. Collaboration with teachers, doctors, and/or learning specialists also occurs when necessary to ensure continuity of support within the academic environment. 

Events for parents are offered throughout the year and cover a range of topics, including the latest in parenting books, technology, and raising grateful children.  The Counseling Office believes that partnering with parents allows us all to share insights, ideas, and support. 

Parent Resource

Welcome to the Parent Resource page of the Hampton Roads Academy website. It is our hope that you will use the resources provided to further your understanding of your child. It truly “takes a village” to raise a child and we believe in partnering together to help our students be healthy members of the HRA community and community at large. We have selected the topics that, in our experience, are representative of things at the top of the list for most parents. If you have specific questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us! Also, check out our monthly column, The Port, where we address current topics of interest to HRA parents.

Resource Links

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Meet the Counseling Office

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  • Elizabeth Rous 

    US Counselor/US History
  • Lisa Thatcher 

    MS Guidance Counselor/US History

The Port: For Parents Navigating the Unchartered Waters of Raising Children

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  • September 2018 - Back to School

    The backpacks are packed with new school supplies and optimism and new possibilities permeate the air.  Who doesn’t remember the excitement of a new school year? While we wish that the excitement and optimism stayed with our students throughout the year, we know that as the realities of tests and projects set in, some of our students will experience very real anxiety.  According to the National Institutes of Mental Health, anxiety is the most common mental health disorder, with nearly one-third of teens and adults being affected. While it is often tempting to dismiss anxiety as a normal response to stress, anxiety is on the rise and is often debilitating.
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  • May - School’s out for summer!

    School’s out for summer!  School’s out forever! The familiar and somewhat catchy lyrics of the Alice Cooper classic still hold true today.  Students, parents, and teachers alike are ready for the sunshine and relaxation that summer brings.  Summer also brings endless amount of time for our kids to engage in screen time.  It’s natural for us as parents to relax screen time rules in the summer, however, it can be a slippery slope.  Whether it’s phones, iPads, or Xboxes, screen time in excess is never a good thing.    There are some strategies, however, that can help us strive for balance with our families and our devices.
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  • March 23 - Guest Speaker

    Betse Asuquo-Asang, HRA parent and CVS pharmacist, recently spoke to students in grades 8-12 about juuling, opioid use and addiction.  
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  • November 30 - Exams Stress Got You Down?

    Winter exams are quickly approaching.  The climate around school changes once the “e” word is spoken and believe us, it’s being spoken!  Students are being reminded in classes, homeroom, and meetings about exam week, how to prepare, what to expect, etc.  It is natural for the word “exams” to cause a little stress for students.  Stress in and of itself is not a bad thing, however, too much stress can have  a negative impact on our children -  their grades, their emotional selves, and their overall health.  So, what as parents can we do to help support our child while giving them room to grow and develop their coping mechanisms? Below are some tips to help your child (and you!) get through exams.
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  • October 23 - Las Vegas and Beyond: Talking to Your Kids about Shootings

    The recent mass shootings in Las Vegas have forced us as parents and educators to have conversations with kids about what took place. Questions such as “Could that happen here?”  “Why did this happen?” were common questions in the days following the event.  Of course, many of our older students had heard the news before the adults in their world, thanks to the ubiquitous news cycles on phones, iPads, etc.  Suffice it to say, most of our children and students are aware of what happened in Las Vegas.
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  • March 31 - Code Words and Other Tricks for Handling Peer Pressure

    Spring is here and our thoughts naturally turn to celebrations, vacations, and graduations.   While these events are exciting for students and their families, they can also be stressful for some teens, as they are confronted with situations where alcohol and drugs may be available.
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  • Febuary 24 - Age of Entitlement

    A look into the books The Me, Me, Me Epidemic by Amy McCready and Jean Twenge’s updated Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled- and More Miserable Than Ever Before. 
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