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CMS Counseling Department


School Counseling Program

Our Beliefs/Philosophy:

We believe that student developmental needs are best met by providing a comprehensive school counseling plan implemented and directed by school counselors who are leaders, advocates, and collaborators intent on creating unbiased access to a rigorous program of study and provide opportunities for self-directed personal growth for every student.


Our Vision Statement:

Every student equipped, connected, and valued.


Our Mission Statement:

The CMS counseling program, in collaboration with faculty and stakeholders, will provide the resources for all students to be equipped, connected, and valued. Under the guidance of ASCA, our students will be given the tools that meet the standards for preparing them for growth in all areas of their life. All students will be given the opportunity to connect with our community and careers for their brighter future. Above all, the foundation for our program will be to display that every student has value and matters to the mission of our school.


What is a comprehensive school counseling program?


A comprehensive school counseling program:  

  • serves all students 

  • includes large (in-class) and small group counseling  

  • incorporates short-term individual counseling based on Solution Focused Brief Counseling 

  • works with all stakeholders: parents, teachers, and community 


A school counselor is an educator:

  • who is specially trained and advocates for the students at the school
  • works with teachers and parents to provide helpful suggestions and support for children’s needs. 

  • provides classroom lessons designed to help them grow personally. We are teaching overcoming obstacles this year. 

  • helps in identifying academic and social/emotional needs of children. 

  • helps children understand themselves and others. 

  • provides information about community resources that would benefit children. 

  • makes referrals to outsides agencies. 

  • provides parents with resources and information.  


A favorite quote:  

“You may encounter many defeats, BUT you must NOT be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, and how you can still come out of it.”

– Maya Angelou


Your Collins Middle - School Counselors are: 


Clifton Adkins, MA –  Growing up, I was taught if you see a need then you should meet the need. This way of thinking led me to get my master’s degree in school counseling from Marshall University. Over the last decade, it has been my joy to work with individuals of all ages. I hope to continue serving our community by attempting to meet the needs that will advance our students and strengthen our parents.  (6th and 8th grades)


Kim Richmond, MA, NCC - I hold a B.S, from West Virginia Tech, an MA from Marshall University, and am a Nationally Certified Counselor from NBCC.  I look forward to being your child's advocate and working with you to help provide him/her with the best middle school career possible and help them to be their best self. (5th and 7th grades)