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What is STAN?

STAN, an acronym for Student Teacher Assistance Network, is a school-based program of identification, referral, and support for students who may be exhibiting problems that interfere with success in school.  The goal of STAN is to provide a professional, confidential, and helping response to students and their families.

Program Overview

STAN is designed to help students develop life skills to meet the complex challenges that may arise at school, at home, or in the community.  STAN deals with general wellness and the prevention of or intervention in the concerns of today's teens.  These issues may include: 

  • conflict resolution/mediation - mediation referral
  • healthy choices
  • communication skills
  • stress/anxiety
  • relationships
  • grief/loss
  • bias awareness/prejudice reduction
  • anger management
  • abuse prevention
  • violence prevention
  • alcohol, tobacco, other drug use
  • suicide prevention


Each year, STAN crisis counselors help students deal with a wide variety of issues.  Students may request STAN services for themselves or may be referred by a parent, teacher, coach, counselor, school nurse, administrator, fellow student, or anyone else concerned with the well-being of the student.   


Rolla Bradley, 

Mac STAN counselor


The STAN counselor is a Master level professional who follow accepted counseling practices.  Confidentiality is essential in providing the individual with an environment in which it is safe to explore feelings and make decisions.  Legal and ethical standards of confidentiality require the STAN counselor to report appropriately or refer cases of abuse, infractions of the Code of Conduct, criminal activity, students who are a danger to self or others.

The STAN Program


  • a safe place to talk 
  • problem solving skills
  • crisis intervention and prevention
  • community resources
  • drug education, prevention/intervention
  • mediation and conflict resolution
  • solutions


  • physical and emotional well-being
  • getting along with others, including family
  • attendance
  • productive time in the classroom
  • academic performance
  • respect for self and others


  • school dropout rate
  • problems with alcohol and other drugs
  • discipline and other behavioral problems
  • incidents of illegal behavior

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