Counselor's Corner

  • Welcome!

    Ms. Lisa Steiner, School Counselor 

    (610) 593-4608,Ext. 40530

    Octorara School District's Counseling Mission Statement:
    The mission of the Octorara Area School District School Counseling program is to provide a comprehensive, developmental counseling program addressing the academic career, and personal/social development of all students. School Counselors strive to empower students to maximize their potential and academic achievement. In partnership with other educators, parents, and community members, school counselors support the educational system to ensure all students in the Octorara Area School District are prepared with the knowledge and skills needed to function in a changing society. 


    What do we do here in the OIS counseling department?

    The intermediate counseling program is designed to provide the support, skills and information necessary for students to achieve academic, career and personal/social success. The program strives to promote and enhance student achievement by delivering prevention, intervention and referral services in collaboration with students, staff, parents and the community. 
     Classroom Guidance Lessons  Consultation with Staff & Parents 
     Coordinate Family Support Services  New Student Orientation
     Individual Student Support  Small Group Counseling
     Crisis Response Counseling  Community Resource Information
     Student Scheduling     PSSA Testing Coordination
     Parent Conferences    Back to School Night
     Career Exploration  Red Ribbon Week
     Student Observations    Red Ribbon Week
     Holiday Support Program  District Committee Involvement

     Chester County Resources


    Mental Health Treatment Providers:

    Valley Creek Crisis Intervention (24 hrs/7days): 610-918-2100 0r 1-877-918-2100

    Child Guidance Resource Center (Children Only): 610-383-5635

    Human Services (children): 610-873-1010

    Holcomb Behavioral Health: 610-363-1488 or 610-388-7400
    Behavioral Health Resources in Lancaster County: Lancaster County Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
    CHESCO Life Program (Family support services): 484-348-6392 or

    Chester County Department of Human Services:

    Gap Family Resource & Counseling Center: 717-422-9577 or 717-285-4843 or

    Crisis Resources:

    Valley Creek Crisis Center: 610-918-2100 or 877-918-2100 (Chester County residents)

    Lancaster County Crisis Intervention Services: 717-394-2631 (Lancaster County residents)

    Domestic Violence Center of Chester County: 1-888-711-6270 or
    Medical Insurance Assistance: 

    Medical Insurance Assistance: CHIP (PA Children’s Health Insurance): 1-800-986-5437 or

    PA Health Law Project: 1-800-274-3258

    COMPASS (Apply online for health and human services):

    What can I do to help my child to prepare for PSSA testing?

     Are you familiar with the apps that your child is using? If not, check out the
    Dangerous Dozen, 12 apps all parents should be aware of. 

    The Octorara Intermediate School Counseling Department provides a comprehensive counseling program to all fifth and sixth grade students. Please feel free to contact Mrs. Steiner with any questions or concerns you may have.