Positive Directions

Sometimes life can be overwhelming for a child or teen. Facing situations that are trying, even for adults, can be especially devastating to a young person. Even though on the outside they can give the appearance of being okay, emotional struggles may show up in their performance at school. Without emotional support and understanding, getting off-track academically can become a habit that affects their long-term success in school and in life.


Positive Directions is a program that offers counseling to school students and/or their families in circumstances where the student is experiencing academic problems at school due to a personal crisis at home. Students are referred to the program by their school counselor and are eligible for up to 8 free counseling sessions. 

(Due to limited availability, siblings referred to the program are still eligible for only 8 sessions overall.)

Issues that can be addressed through this intervention:
  • Depression

  • Anxiety 

  • Divorce Adjustment

  • Parenting Skills

  • Grief & Loss

  • Financial Stress

  • Blended Family Conflict

  • Self-Esteem

  • Stress Management

Admission Criteria 
  1. Documented decline in academic progress (less than 1 year)

  2. A referral AND a pre-test form from the student’s current school counselor is required (parent or legal guardian’s responsibility to call FCS to schedule the initial counseling session)

  3. The student is between grades 1-11

  4. The parent or guardian is receptive to participating in counseling

  5. The student is not currently involved in counseling/therapy


    *Students with intellectual disabilities are outside of our scope of expertise.






Speak to your child's school counselor for a referral.

Positive Directions

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Contact us:


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2020 Paul W. Bryant Drive

Tuscaloosa, AL 35401