School Services

School-Based Counseling

There is a tremendous amount of research suggesting that mentally healthy children are more successful in school and life. Research demonstrates that students who receive social–emotional and mental health support perform at higher levels academically. Mental health is not simply the absence of mental illness but also encompasses social, emotional, and behavioral health and the ability to cope with life’s challenges.

Services that can be provided to students are as follows: individual counseling, group counseling, family counseling, and support groups.

Commonly addressed issues include managing feelings, social skills, anger management, coping skills, conflict resolution, family-related concerns, and grief and loss.

CEC can come into your district to assist the hardworking guidance and school counselors to meet the needs of your community.

CEC can also provide education to school staff regarding a variety of issues, including but not limited to suicide prevention, stress management, trauma, and resiliency building.

For more information, please contact Jessica Large MA, Ed.S, LPC, ACS at (973) 512-3700 or

School Clearance Risk Assessment

  • Appointments are typically scheduled within one to two business days of referral (when feasible for all parties).
  • More comfortable environment than a typical Emergency Room setting, appointment for exact day/time will be provided, reducing wait time for students and their families.
  • CEC will obtain collateral information from the school, parents, and other professionals involved with the student.
  • Interview will be conducted with the student alone and will gather the following information: Biopsychosocial information, Assessment of the reason for referral, Assess need for mental health services and/or support, Administration of psychological testing.
  • CEC will maintain regular communication with school personnel throughout the assessment process
  • Within two business days of the interview, CEC will provide the school with a written preliminary letter detailing initial findings and recommendations, including whether or not the student is cleared to return to school.
  • When necessary, CEC will coordinate a transfer to the Emergency Room if the student is deemed as at risk of imminent harm to self or others during the CEC interview.

For more information, please contact Jessica Large MA, Ed.S, LPC, ACS at (973) 512-3700 or