School Counseling Program

Melinda Farnham, MA

School Counselor

Melinda earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Development Studies from Wheaton College, and a Master of Arts in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling from Johnson State College. She also obtained her school counselor license. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and their families in both residential and community mental health setting. This is her thirteenth year at Chelsea Public School as a school counselor. Melinda enjoys spending time with her family and friends, attending Red Sox games, camping with family and friends, kayaking and traveling.


Why I love teaching at Chelsea:

As a Chelsea graduate, I was very excited about the opportunity to work at the school. As the school counselor, I enjoy being able to work with students in kindergarten through twelfth grade, their families, and the Chelsea community. Chelsea feels more like a family where we can focus on the whole student. Not only do we provide students with a solid education, we meet our student’s social, emotional, and physical needs as well. It is great to work at a school where the parents and the community are supportive partners in our school and in educating our students.


School Counseling Program Mission

The mission of the Chelsea Public School’s school counseling program is to provide a comprehensive, developmental counseling program addressing the academic, career and personal/social development of all students.  The school counselor is a professional advocate, who provides support to maximize student potential and academic achievement.  In partnership with other educators, parents or guardians and the community, the school counselor facilitates the support system to ensure that all students at Chelsea Public School have access to and are prepared with the knowledge to contribute at the highest level as productive members of society.


School Counseling Program Philosophy

The school counselor at Chelsea Public School believes:

  • All students have dignity and worth, and an innate desire and ability to learn.
  • All students’ ethnic, cultural, racial, and sexual differences as well as special needs are considered in planning and implementing the school counseling program.
  • All students K-8 shall have access to a full-time, state-licensed, master’s-degree-level school counselor to deliver the counseling program.


And that the Chelsea Public School comprehensive school counseling program:

  • Is based on specified goals and developmental student competencies for all students K-8.
  • Is preventative in nature.
  • Is planned and coordinated by the school counselor in coordination with other school, parent or guardian and community resources.
  • Utilize the many combined resources of the community to deliver programs.
  • Use data to drive program development and evaluation.
  • Belives that every student has the ability to achieve.


And that the school counselor at Chelsea Public School:

  • Abide by the professional ethics as advocated by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA).
  • Participate in professional development activities essential to maintain a quality school counseling program.
  • Act as an advocate for every student.