At Tilton School, the health and safety of our students is our number one priority. With this in mind, there are several services in place to support the health and wellbeing of our students during their Tilton Experience.
The Sabra M. Hamilton Health Center, located in West Knowles, serves the health needs of the Tilton School community. We are a fully licensed health care provider in the state of New Hampshire, the Health Center is open to students Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon. A registered nurse is on call at all other times.
Students needing urgent care between the providers' visits may be sent to a local provider's office, urgent care center or emergency room and would be billed through the students' insurance.
The school employs a full-time counselor, Ms. Angela Juurlink, who is a licensed clinical mental health counselor. Angela is on campus five days a week as well as by appointment and is also available for more urgent situations. Ms. Juurlink works with a variety of students as a trainer, facilitator and trouble-shooter. She is generally available for short-term counseling and coordinates long-term support with our visiting licensed counselors. There are no fees assessed to individual students by any service she provides.
In addition, for the benefit and convenience of students, the school provides on-campus access to a number of private counselors, therapists and educational testing specialists who meet with individual students for appointments on campus. It is the responsibility of families to make financial arrangements for long-term private counseling or for psychoeducational testing with individual service providers. Questions, arrangements and initial contact with private counselors should be made through Ms. Juurlink. She participates as a member of the Deans’ Team, a small group of school administrators who meet weekly to monitor and support student learning, health and personal wellness. Ms. Juurlink is also the faculty coordinator the student Health & Wellness Team & Peer Counselors.
Further supporting our student body, Ms. Juurlink also coordinates our Peer Counseling Program. Peer counselors are nominated by their peers based on each individual's ability to be nonjudgmental and supportive to all other students. Each peer counselor is committed to meeting for training opportunities each week. Our internal trainings are designed to build active listening skills, knowledge in Stages of Change, and mediation. Our peer counseling group also hosts events for faculty and students such as: Safe Space training, which addresses LGBT acceptance; hosting guest speakers to discuss healthy relationships and supporting friends in general.
The Health and Wellness Team is comprised of both members of our student body as well as faculty. Each year, current Health and Wellness students nominate new students who will contribute novel ideas, energy and a desire to help educate their peers on current wellness concerns. The philosophy of the health and wellness program reflects the notion that each student is able to make his or her own decisions; however, we want these decisions to be as educated as possible. Our team strives to educate students about relevant wellness topics through creative means including dorm presentations, monthly publications, all student presentations, an annual health fair and other interactive opportunities.