Woodstock Academy Increases Student Support with Addition of Substance Abuse Counselor

September 26, 2022
An image of Rep. Boyd at The Woodstock Academy

The Woodstock Academy has proudly partnered with Project Courage, a behavioral and mental health center specializing in substance use prevention and recovery, for the 2022-23 school year. The partnership agreement will provide a trained substance abuse counselor on-site at The Woodstock Academy two days per week to support students in need.

With concern for youth mental health and substance abuse on the rise across the country, The Woodstock Academy is dedicated to prioritizing the health and well-being of its students and supporting local families. This additional layer of support will allow struggling students to work with a certified counselor to address the underlying causes of their substance use, while also providing training and education to faculty, staff, and the greater community.

“We are excited to begin our partnership with Project Courage to establish a drug and alcohol counseling office at The Woodstock Academy,” said Dean of Student Affairs Karin Hughes. “Expanding education within our local area is a necessary strategy for preventing future substance use among our youth.”  

In spring 2022, The Woodstock Academy secured a grant of $200,000 to launch a substance abuse counseling office for the first time in school history. The grant was made possible with the support of State Representative Pat Boyd.

“This funding will allow The Woodstock Academy to fill a critical need in the area, and we are proud to help support students, families, and the local community by approaching this issue head-on,” said Boyd.

The Woodstock Academy is an independent, day and boarding, co-educational, college preparatory high school for grades 9–12 and postgraduates located in Woodstock, CT. The mission of The Woodstock Academy is to prepare all students by providing diverse opportunities through a rigorous curriculum and a variety of programs in order to cultivate the necessary skills to become lifelong learners and global citizens.