Ms. Madson

Meet your Counselor

Hello! My name is Ms. Madson and I am so excited to be working as the Secondary School Counselor at Parshall High School!

I grew up just south of St. Paul, Minnesota. Being from Minnesota, I am a huge hockey fan (go Gophers!), so in the winter when I'm not at school, I can most likely be found in an ice arena. I received my Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. While studying in La Crosse, I developed my passion for traveling. After receiving my undergraduate degree, I took a year off to work before I returned for my Masters Degree. I was awarded my Masters in School Counseling from the University of Wisconsin Stout in May 2014.

Before coming to North Dakota I worked as a counselor at Colegio Internacional De Caracas located in Caracas, Venezuela. This will be my third year working in Parshall. Along with serving as the Counselor for the High School, I also coach Junior High Volleyball and advise Student Council and National Honor Society. 


My Role


The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) identifies four major components of a successful School Counseling program. They are Guidance Curriculum, Individual Student Planning, Responsive Services, and System Support. Some examples of services I provide in each of those areas are listed below.

    • Guidance Curriculum: Organizational/Study Skills, Test-Taking Skills, Academic Skills Support, Post Secondary Planning & the College Application Process, Career Planning, Peer Relationships & Social Skills.


    • Individual Student Planning: Goal Setting, Academic Plans, Career Plans, Transition Plans, Problem Solving, Education in Understanding Yourself (including strengths and weaknesses).


    • Responsive Services: Individual & Small Group Counseling, Individual/Family/School Crisis Intervention, Peer Facilitation, Consultation/Collaboration, Referrals


    • System Support: Professional Development, Consultation, Collaboration & Teaming, and Program Management.




Confidentiality is an ethical term denoting a counseling practice relevant to privacy. A student who has a counseling relationship with a school counselor has the right to privacy and the promise of confidentiality. Exceptions to confidentiality exist. Information students share with the school counselor is confidential. The student’s right to privacy is guarded as much as permitted by law, ethics and school rules. The school counselor is obligated to break confidentiality when there is a potential harm to the student or others, concern of neglect or abuse, or a court of law that requires testimony or student records. The school counselor often consults with other school professionals, but only shares information necessary to achieving the goals of the consultation.


Career Planning


According to North Dakota Law NDCC 15.1-21-18.3:


"Each school district shall notify its high school students that, upon request, a student is entitled to receive a consultative review of the student's individual high school education plan at least once during each high school grade. Upon the request of a student, the school district shall provide the consultative review." 


If students would like to review their four-year high school plan, all they need to do is schedule an appointment with me. They can also view their plan anytime through