Social and emotional wellbeing are essential to your child's academic success. My job is to help support your child's academic, personal, emotional and social development.
- Classroom presentations
- Group counseling (for example, Zones, study skills,anxiety)
- Brief solution-focused counseling
- Parent consultation
- Community resource referrals
- Consultation should your child need an ISP
* Please not that school counselors do not provide long -term or traditional therapy or counseling.
Referrals for outside counseling services are available for children needing more traditional therapy.
PARENTS, I AM HERE TO HELP YOU WITH:
- Exploring ways to help your child succeed
- Making referrals for community sources
- Understanding the developmental changes of childhood
I CAN ALSO:
- Supply reference materials
- Provide information to help understand your child's special needs.
- Explain the results of specialized assessments
STUDENTS, I AM HERE TO HELP YOU WITH:
-Working out friendship problems
- Setting goals
-Working well with others
- Feeling good about yourself
- Adjusting to a new school
- Learning how to make decisions
- Managing your feelings (stress, worry,anger,etc.)
- Dealing with peer pressure and bullying
Mental Health Awareness Week
May 7th to May 13th is Mental Health Awareness week.
Mental health problems is the brain’s normal response to a severe or persistent life problem (such as a death of a loved one, bullying or family changes). These events occur in everyone’s life and can be very challenging. Although these events can be very difficult, children learn to adapt through these situations. Having a trusted adult that a child can turn to and talk to during these moments can help. Trusting adults can include parents, teachers, school counselors and community therapists.
I am looking forward to visiting each class during the week to talk to students about mental health and positive coping strategies. Please see below for more information on the topics of presentation for each grade.
Students will read the book The Way I Feel by Janan Cain. This book talks about a variety of emotions that we can experience daily. Students will then practice drawing faces that are expressing these emotions.
Students will read the book How are you Peeling? by Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers. This book talks about a variety of emotions that we can experience daily. Using a mirror for feedback, students will then practice identifying these emotions in themselves and others.
Students will build on their emotional vocabulary by learning to identify different intensities of emotions. For example, frustrated, mad, angry, furious are used to describe different intensities of the word "mad". We will then watch the following video to learn to identify feelings in others through verbal cues (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTII0cyUbQo)
Students will build on their emotional vocabulary by learning to identify emotions through facial cues by playing Emotions Bingo.
Students will learn why we lose control of our emotions and what we can do to better self-regulate by watching the following video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bKuoH8CkFc ). Students will then identify ways trusted adults in their life that can help support us.
Grade 5 and 6:
Students will learn about how to positively respond to stress through watching the following video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AC1cNikArw&list=PLZNAbh0qDoB66DFJX87zhRvBNHpcGS_5p ). Students will then work in groups to identify positive and negative coping strategies.
Groups are organized throughout the year, to help support students that require extra support. Group counselling is a great way to for students who are having similar difficulties to share their problems, solutions and strategies. It is often reassuring to know that they are not alone and that other students have similar problems.
Here are some of the groups that we are currently offering.
Récré-Amis is a student leader led group where Grade 5 and 6 students lead recess activities with the Grade 1, 2 and 3 students. Grade 1 to 3 students will have the opportunity to learn new games and to acquire new social skills through this group.
The Friendship Club, which is being offered to selected students in Grade 2 and 3 students and is designed to provide students the opportunity to discuss and learn to deal with social issues and situations that students often face.
This group will be offered to the Grade 4 and 5 students. Students will learn to build healthy friendships. The group's goal will be to foster trust, respect, and peer connections while reducing classroom/recess conflicts and discipline issues.
Positive thinking team
The Positive Thinking Team, which is a group being offered to selected grade 6 students, is designed to help students become "unstuck from the negative muck". Students will learn to identify negative thinking patterns and will learn self-talk strategies to help defeat these negative thoughts. For example, you might be thinking "I'm not good enough." A positive self-talk statement to counter that thought would be "I'm fine just as I am." Or maybe, "I may not be be good at this, but I'm great at other things."