TEENPRIDE Counseling at a glance...

Founded in 1989. TeenPride Counseling has served adolescents and their families from Morristown. Morris Township and Morris Plains for more than 25 years. TeenPride counselors strive to help young people improve their lives by providing free individual, group and family counseling to approximately 300 students each year. Our counseling program is centered at Morristown High School with services also offered at Frelinghuysen Middle School. Our licensed professional counselors work with students struggling with academic, social, emotional, psychological and behavioral issues. Counseling services take place during the school day, in the evening, on school premises, in a client’s home or at a mutually agreed upon location.

Jeff Macko. Director of Counseling. and Marlene Scrivo, Assistant Director of Counseling have worked together for more than 20 years in this setting. Jeff Macko, MA, MSW, LSW has over 42 years of experience counseling teens and their families. He specialized in crisis counseling for “at-risk" youth and has provided counseling services to 6 police departments and 5 school districts.

Our Traditional Program offers individual, family and/or group counseling to approximately 300 students per year. Our clinical team collaborates with all school staff, teachers, administrators, child study team members, guidance counselors, parents/guardians and outside mental health professionals. Crisis counseling is provided on an individual level or district-wide, when necessary. Our counselors also provide peer mediation; bullying awareness, prevention and remediation; lunchtime detention support; college/vocational/post-high school planning; job training and placement; mentoring and connecting students with tutors, coaches, clubs and activities.

Our Intensive Program is approved by the N] Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. It is located in Frelinghuysen Middle School and is in addition to our traditional program. Our full-time licensed mental health professional along with two part-time licensed supervisors work with a select group of students struggling in any number of ways.

Our clinical counseling services are offered to a comprehensive therapeutic program for participating students in three core-modalities: individual, group and family therapy. These services are mandatory for students referred to this program. Our counselor provides ln-class observations and incorporates a behavior modification program for these students to address individual concerns and help participants remain successful in the classroom.