Personal/Academic Counseling

The Personal and Academic Counseling program at De Smet Jesuit provides, in an individualized way, the occasion for each student to reflect upon and express his personal and unique thoughts, reactions, feelings and sense or system of values in living out his Christian vocation. This necessarily involves an exploration of his feelings, relationships, involvement (or lack thereof) with teachers, his studies, and various activities. The Guidance aspect of the Counseling Department helps students become aware of their academic strengths and weaknesses, find and develop study skills that strengthen weak areas, identify personal strengths and gifts, and formulate some career and education plans. The Guidance and Counseling Department is designed to facilitate that exploration. Four full-time counselors provide a complete Counseling Program and College Guidance Program.

The counseling program includes, but is not limited to, the following services: assistance to each student in his own personal growth and development; academic assessment and guidance; individual and group testing; career exploration; guidance for students conditionally accepted or on academic or disciplinary probation; personal counseling to individual students and small groups; and referrals to outside agencies or counselors when necessary.

Student counseling conferences are private and privileged. At no time will a counselor or advisor be asked to provide information arising from a private conference. Any student who needs help beyond his regular conferences is encouraged to ask his counselor for an appointment. Every effort will be made to meet his needs.

College Counselors
Dave Boland (
Will Gunn (

Personal Counselors
Collin Miller (
Mary Riney (
Laura Elliott (

Counseling Assignments

(by last name initial)


Collin Miller: A-H
Mary Riney: I-Q
Laura Elliott: R-Z


Collin Miller: A-G
Mary Riney: H-N
Laura Elliott: O-Z


Collin Miller: A-G
Mary Riney: H-M
Laura Elliott: N-Z


Collin Miller: A-F
Mary Riney: G-N
Laura Elliott: O-Z