• Allen ISD Support Counselors



    The Allen ISD Support Counselor's goal is to facilitate success for all students through prevention and intervention strategies. Counseling services for students and their families are provided by Allen ISD Support Counselors: Jennifer Atencio, Dr. Heather Quast, Derrick Sledge, and Michele Fesenbek. All 4 counselors are licensed with the Texas State Board of Examiners as Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC). Dr. Quast holds a second licensure as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Mr. Sledge is also holds Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) license.
     
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    Allen High School: Jennifer Atencio, MEd, LPC-S 
    Lowery Freshman Center: Heather Quast, PhD, CSC, LPC, LMFT
    Curtis, Ford, and Ereckson Middle Schools: Derrick Sledge, MS, LCDC, LPC-S 
    Dillard Special Achievement Center: Michele Fesenbek, MS, CSC, LPC
     
    The Support Counselor role is to assist students, parents, and staff by providing the following services:
    • Crisis Counseling
    • Group Counseling
    • Community Referrals
    • Community Forums/Workshops
    • Drug & Alcohol Prevention Education
    • Parent Education
    • Staff Development
    • Pregnant/Parenting Teen Support Services
    • Red Ribbon Week Activities
     
    Confidentiality

    The aim of the AISD Support Counselor is to help students connect with services available within the school district and in the community. Confidentiality is essential in providing the individual with an environment in which it is safe to explore feelings and make decisions. Legal and ethical standards of confidentiality require the counseling staff to report appropriately or refer cases of abuse, certain infractions of the Code of Conduct or criminal activity, and students who are a danger to themselves or others. The Support Counselor operates under the Texas Family Code 32.004 which allows her to counsel students dealing with these issues listed below without parental consent:
    1. suicide prevention;
    2. chemical addiction or dependency; or
    3. sexual, physical, or emotional abuse