Health & Wellness
Marvelwood's Health Office provides a full range of on-site health services to students. The nursing staff offers a friendly and warm environment, with full confidentiality. The Health Office is a licensed dispensary. Our medical director is Dr. Roman Alder of New Milford Pediatrics. Telehealth and in-person appointments with Dr. Alder and other specialists can be arranged through the Health Office.
Health Office Hours
Counseling: by appointment with Dr. John Kennedy
After hours, the Administrator on Duty (203-788-4985) should be contacted in the case of a health concern or emergency.
Annual health forms are due each school year to the Health Office prior to arrival on campus. Click links below to download, fill out electronically, and return via email, or print and mail or fax to: 860-927-2133.
Student prescription and over-the-counter medications will be supplied and pre-packaged by Kent Station Pharmacy. All students must have an account set up prior to the start of school regardless of whether or not they take regular medication.
Health & Wellness
The Marvelwood School’s Counseling Department is committed to serving Marvelwood’s diverse campus community by providing students with support and education for their personal and academic success through confidential counseling, psychiatric consultation, outreach and prevention services.
List of services
Dr. John Kennedy, Marvelwood's Director of Counseling, provides brief psychotherapy and other interventions directly to students utilizing motivational interviewing and cognitive-behavioral strategies. In addition to having expertise in general psychological practice, Dr. Kennedy has training in substance use assessment.
Dr. Kennedy works to respond to and support students' ongoing individual development. He assists students in working through normative developmental hurdles, fostering adaptive solutions, and developing a strong sense of self. In addition, he works closely with parents.
Parents and students can schedule an initial appointment with Dr. Kennedy through the student's advisor or by contacting him directly. At the student's first visit, students can discuss their concerns and treatment options. Together, Dr. Kennedy and the student will collaborate about future appointments. The School also has a relationship with a local psychiatrist, Dr. John Ewing, who provides medication consultation and management on campus as needed, and with community mental health clinicians. The cost of these services is the responsibility of the student's family.
Options may include:
- Further short-term counseling with Dr.Kennedy
- Coordinated discussions with parents
- Referral to a community provider for ongoing therapy/psychological testing
- Medications prescribed by our consulting psychiatrist, Dr. John Ewing
Dr. John Kennedy has over 30 years of experience working with adolescent and young adult students in varying capacities - counseling, mentoring, and coaching. He has experience in wilderness therapy and residential treatment centers, and has been working with Marvelwood for over 20 years. Dr Kennedy received his B.A. in Psychology from Kalamazoo College, his M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University, and his Ed.D in Administrative Leadership from Walden University.