School Counseling

Caring for each student as an individual is one of the goals of the School CounselinMailto:emanuel.werner@uofdjesuit.orgg Department. The counselors serve the needs of the students in the areas of academic, career, and personal counseling. The Academy students will have one counselor, Ms. Sarah Kost-Cox. In high school, the student's school counselor will change if he attended the Academy. A student may also make an appointment with his counselor at any time. Parents are also encouraged to contact their son's counselor should the need arise.

Vision Statement

The students at U of D Jesuit High School and Academy are high-achieving learners who graduate well prepared to meet the challenges and high expectations of the 21st century college student. All students participate in a rigorous curriculum and have high-quality opportunities for self-directed personal growth supported by a comprehensive school counseling program that bridges the gap between what is taught in the core curriculum and the skills necessary for success in school, college, the work place and your son’s life. In other words, the UDJ guidance curriculum addresses Self Knowledge, Academic Development, School Success and Skills, Career and Post-Secondary Planning, Life Skills and Ignatian Spirituality – the hallmark of Jesuit Education.

Mission Statement

The mission statement of the school counseling program at U of D Jesuit High School and Academy is to provide all students with a comprehensive school counseling program centered on an engaging curriculum that encourages the highest level of student achievement through their growth in academic, career and personal/social domains. In partnership with the teachers, administrators, parents and the community, the school counselors will assist the students in becoming successful lifelong learners and problem solvers.

Topics School Counselors Explore with Students

UofD Jesuit School Counseling Staff

Mr. Rick Bennetts,, (313-927-2317)

Ms. Bernadette Ciciora-Kulesa,, (313-927-2320)

Ms. Sarah Kost-Cox,, (313-927-2364)

Mr. James Hassett,, (313-927-2318)

Mr. Brandon Johnson,, (313-927-2322)

Phone: 313-862-5400

Fax: 313-862-3299

Printable roster available here

Protecting God's Children Course

As part of the school safety plan at U of D Jesuit, any parent, guardian, or volunteer, who is working with or chaperoning students at or for U of D Jesuit is required to complete the Protecting God’s Children workshop offered by the Archdiocese of Detroit. The program should be completed before beginning the assignment. The program is approximately 3 hours in length and offered at various parishes and schools throughout the archdiocese.

Times and locations can be found at Archdiocese of Detroit website, click on Protecting God's Children on the right. This will show you the list of dates and locations of programs. When you click on date you can then register through VIRTUS Protecting God's Children for Adults, the online registration website.

The program moderator is James Hassett, School Counselor. He can be reached at 313-927-2318 or email.

Support Groups

Members of the School Counseling staff facilitate support groups for students who have experienced a death and/or divorce. These groups meet weekly for a set period of times during the school day. Other groups are convened as needed.

Grief Group: Support for students experiencing grief over the death of a loved one.
Facilitated by Mr. James Hassett

Divorce Group: Support for students who come from a divorce situation. Facilitated by Mr. Rick Bennetts


In addition to extra help a student may receive from a teacher or the Aruppe Learning Center, the School Counseling Department also runs its own Peer Tutoring Program. Students in academic need are tutored by fellow students. Mr. Rick Bennetts coordinates this service.


Teenagers and the Law

Click here for a guide to the Most Pertinent Laws and Issues Facing Teens in Michigan. Please review this 30 page booklet offered by Michigan Bar Association about Michigan law concerning teenagers.

Check back soon for other relevant material here posted by the school counseling staff.