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Mrs. Nicole McCrea is the District Student Assistance Counselor and Anti-Bullying Coordinator for Belleville Public Schools. She began working in Belleville in 2014. Mrs. McCrea's office is in the High School Drop-In Center where she is primarily located. She also works as a counselor in the BUCs program.

Mrs. McCrea earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Wagner College. She is a graduate of Montclair State University, having earned a Master’s Degree in Addictions Counseling with a Drug and Alcohol Counseling Certification. She began her career working in outpatient treatment centers providing individual, group and family counseling to adolescents and adults in psychiatric and substance abuse programs. She has a strong clinical background in mental health and substance abuse. She is licensed by the State of New Jersey as a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC). She is currently working towards her Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC). Mrs. McCrea is actively involved in the Essex County Association of Student Assistance Professionals (ASAP). She serves on the board of Matty D’s Rubber Ducky Organization (RDO) founded by the DeFrance family to fight the opioid epidemic in the Belleville community through education and mental health awareness.

The Role of the Student Assistance Counselor

Mrs. McCrea provides a safe place for students to express themselves and discuss any problem they may be experiencing. She is trained to identify, address, and monitor individual student’s substance abuse, mental health, and behavioral problems. During the counseling process students are encouraged to explore issues and work together to develop healthy and effective coping skills. As a trained clinical professional, Mrs. McCrea is often called upon by the administration to address a myriad of needs faced by students and families. Collaboration with all stakeholders involved is vital to ensure student safety and wellbeing. Students and staff can expect that information shared with the SAC remains confidential (unless a student is being abused or someone is in immediate danger).

The Role of the Anti-Bullying Coordinator
Mrs. McCrea was appointed as the district’s Anti-Bullying Coordinator, a role mandated by New Jersey’s Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act. She regularly meets with each school’s Anti-Bullying Specialist to review policy, procedures, and programs related to harassment, intimidation, and bullying (HIB) prevention and intervention. Mrs. McCrea collaborates with Superintendent Tomko to review, prepare and provide data to the Belleville Board of Education and the New Jersey Department of Education. Other related duties include conducting School Safety Team staff training, assisting in the development of HIB related student programs and consulting with the administration.

When Mrs. McCrea is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and family, going to the gym, and being in nature. She also loves Lady Gaga.

Please feel free to contact her with any questions or concerns.

(973) 450-3500 x1015

Twitter: BellevilleSAC

BHS Drop-In Center Google Classroom: wey4yxd

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