School Counseling Department

Caring for each student as an individual is one of the goals of the School Counseling Department. The counselors serve the needs of the students in the areas of academic, career, and personal counseling. The Jesuit Academy students have a dedicated 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. During a student's junior year, he will be assigned a College Counselor in addition to his School Counselor.

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 U of D Jesuit 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 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

School Counseling Team

Rick Bennetts

Titles: Student Counselor, Hockey Coach
Phone Numbers:
School: 313-927-2317

Elizabeth Cromwell

Titles: School Counseling, Administrative Assistant
Phone Numbers:
School: 313-927-2320

James Hassett

Titles: Student Counselor
Phone Numbers:
School: 313-927-2318

Brandon Johnson

Titles: Student Counselor
Phone Numbers:
School: 313-927-2322

Sarah Kost-Cox

Titles: Student Counselor, Department Chair
Phone Numbers:
School: 313-927-2364

Emanuel Werner , S.J.

Titles: Student Counselor, Psychology and Sociology Teacher
Phone Numbers:
School: 313-927-2394
U of D Jesuit Main Number: 313-862-5400
Fax: 313-862-3299

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 U of D Jesuit students. Support groups cover a wide range of topics including: Grief, Divorce, Depression & Anxiety, Leadership, Fellowship & Socialization, Addiction, Academic Success, and others. Parents can contact Mr. Emanuel Werner, S.J., M.A., M.Ed., LPCC, CSCS for more information.

Some groups meet at set times during the school day. Other groups are convened as needed.


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.


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