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SAP (Student Assistant Professional)

My name is Kelly Fitzpatrick, I am the Connecting Youth SAP at Williston Central School.   I live in Chittenden County wiht my teenage son and husband.  I have an adult daughter who lives out of state and an adult step son who lives in Vermont.   I have decades of experience working and connecting with adolescents.  I am trained in law enforcement and spent many years as a licensed foster parent.  I enjoy helping kids realize their true potential as well as helping them to learn about peer leadership and skills to help them make long term life choices.

What is a Student Assistance Program (SAP)?

Student Assistance Programs can be found in schools throughout the United States. SAP Counselors work with individuals and small groups of students on a wide range of issues from friendship and social skills to self-harm and beyond.  The SAP program is concerned with building students' developmental assets and resiliency, delivering prevention education in and out of the classroom and facilitating student leadership programs.  By being located within the school, CY SAP Counselors help to build better linkages among students, their families, school personnel, and community service agencies. The SAP program is also designed to identifystudents dealing with their own or someone else's substance use, intervening, and referring them to community agencies or private clinicians for more specialized care, if appropriate.  SAP Counselors work with individuals and small groups of students on a wide range of issues from friendship and social skills to self-harm and beyond.


What does an SAP Counselor do?

At WCS the CY SAP Counselor's responsibilities include:

  • organizing educational presentations
  • promoting statewide campaigns including tobacco prevention
  • facilitatation of the CY LEAD peer leadership group)
  • providing information and supporting individuals and groups of students who are affected by their own or someone else’s use of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs.
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