Community Help & Intervention in Life’s Lessons
To students, life’s problems sometimes seem too big to handle. That is why the Winter Park Health Foundation (WPHF) established the CHILL Program in partnership with Orange County Public Schools and its Winter Park Consortium of Schools.
CHILL—Community Help & Intervention in Life’s Lessons—is a free counseling program for students of all ages in the public schools serving Winter Park and neighboring communities who need help with issues such as divorce, grief and loss, low self-esteem, anger management and depression. CHILL Counselors focus on prevention and early intervention programs. There is no cost to students or families.
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The WPHF developed and founded the CHILL program and supports a CHILL Counselor at each school in the Winter Park Consortium of Schools. (This includes Winter Park High and all of its elementary and middle feeder schools.) Individual, group and family counseling services are available. The program is operated by Healthcare Providers of Florida & Associates.
CHILL is one of several programs the Foundation supports to care for the health of the whole child. In the belief that Healthy Kids Make Better Students and Better Students Make Healthy Communities, the WPHF also provides licensed nurses in each of the Winter Park Consortium schools. CHILL Counselors and nurses work closely together to improve the physical and mental health of students and in the process, eliminate roadblocks to learning.
Students can be referred to the CHILL program by teachers, school administrators, school social workers, SAFE Coordinators, parents, school psychologists, behavior specialists and nurses. Students also can refer themselves to the program. Individual and group counseling takes place during the school day, preferably during “elective” classes so students don’t miss any core classes, and students are assured of their right to confidentiality.
The CHILL Program is not mandated or forced upon any student. CHILL Counselors understand and believe true personal growth and change cannot take place unless the participant is ready and willing to make the commitment. In addition, parental consent is required to enroll a student in the program, and CHILL counseling records don’t become part of the student’s school records.