R10 Counselor Conversations

Coronavirus Support and Resources

UPDATE May 26, 2020

Hello all,

As we near the end of another school year, we hope that although this year looked very different than we hoped or expected that you are able to celebrate the successes and growth that took place.

We will wrap up our live Counselor Conversation series this Friday, May 29th by focusing on our own self-compassion moving into summer and celebrate the successes and growth we’ve accomplished as educators (K-12). This webinar will be facilitated by special guest Sarah Sampson, Social-Emotional Learning Facilitator for Keller ISD and Mindfulness Integration Advisor for The Dallas Yoga Center.

May Counselor Conversations Schedule

Friday, May 29, 2020

TOPIC: Mindfulness and SEL for the Whole School (K-12)

Morning Option - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM REGISTER HERE

Afternoon Option - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM REGISTER HERE

Feel free to share with your colleagues as we're all working together for continued student support. Stay safe and healthy and remember to take care of you and your loved ones.

All sessions are recorded

Counselor Conversations Sessions can be accessed at this link.

Taking Care of Me, Mindfully Afternoon Sessions from April can be accessed at this link.

What questions can Region 10 still help you answer and what ways can we offer support? Please fill out this form and we will contact you or provide resources based on your responses. In the meantime, we have put together a list of helpful online resources below that provides support and insight.

How can the R10 Counseling Team Support You?

Please let us know how we can support you or what questions you have during this time.

Region 10 Summer Virtual Learning

We will provide virtual offerings to ensure educators have access to high-quality professional development in the safety of your own home.

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Guidance for Graduation and EOY Promotion Ceremonies

The following requirements apply to graduation and end-of-year promotion ceremonies to be conducted in May 2020 and thereafter. As the public health situation changes, these guidelines may be modified.

Coping Skills: The Five "M"s

Clearhope Counseling & Wellness

TEA: Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)

The online application for the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) is now open for eligible families.

TEA Approved: Trauma Informed & Grief Information

Click here for a list of approved trauma-informed and grief-informed trainings, frameworks, interventions, and supplemental programs. Intended audiences and resource type definitions are also listed below.

The State of Our Mental Health - May Mental Health Month 2020
Mental Health America of Greater Dallas Resources

We hope to provide you practical tools that everyone can use personally or educationally to improve mental health and increase resiliency regardless of the situations they are dealing with.

100 Coping Strategies for Anger, Anxiety, and More

Coping strategies are techniques that help reduce negative feelings when someone is feeling under stress. Practicing coping strategies can help kids and young adults learn how to manage their emotions in a positive way.

Virtual Learning Resources to Build Connectedness

As a district leader, share these low-lift activities and strategies with educators in your district to help them better connect with students and families while school buildings are closed.

FERPA and Virtual Learning Related Resources

This recent information from the US Department of Education has some helpful guidance on emergency exceptions to FERPA.

DYC Educator Discount for Virtual Membership

For over 30 years, Dallas Yoga Center has shared the highest quality Yoga, Mindfulness, and Wellness with the DFW community. DYC is dedicated to turning social distancing into personal and social deepening by offering virtual classes, workshops and trainings for both adults and children with some classes focused specifically on educators. DYC wants to honor educators at this time by offering our digital membership for FREE through June 15th.


Dallas Yoga Center Digital Classes and Community Advertisement

Resources for Students

NACAC College Admission Status Update

As a service to students and families, NACAC is providing this online tool as a central resource for information about changes in college admission events, deposit dates, and more as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

9 Mental Health Activities to do with your children
Coronavirus Information for Kids
Helping Kids Who Are Worried About Coronavirus

Here are 15 things adults can do to talk to kids about Coronavirus and help them manage these big worries they might be holding on to right now. (Prevention and Responsive Strategies)

SEL from Aperture Education

Access downloadable strategies to send home while school is closed, professional development for you, blog posts to support your learning, and a Parent Portal with other resources families can access during this transitional time.

Resources for Parents

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SEL Resources to Use at Home

Download a social and emotional learning activity for parents to get started building SEL skills with their child today!

Healthy Conflict Resolution Tips

As we continue to shelter- in-place with our families conflicts are bound to arise. Here are some tips to help you and your child work through conflict.

Healthy Conflict Resolution Tips for kids
How to Talk to Kids About the Coronavirus
Guidance for Talking about COVID-19 from SEL4TX

Provides strategies to help adults talk with children and young adults about COVID- 19 while offering guidance on how to prevent emotional problems and improve children’s long-term abilities to successfully manage and cope with life’s challenges.

Looking for ways to talk to children about the Coronavirus?

Julia Cook has created “The Yucky Bug. Visit https://bit.ly/38MEXs0 for a free download of Tips for Parents on Talking to Kids About The Yucky Bug.
The Yucky Bug by Julia Cook

Resources for Counselors and Educators

Free Social Emotional Learning from TapRoot Learning

Taproot Learning has provided a set of resources for educators that will be available on their website to pass on to students and parents. These activities are self-driven and easy to understand.


ASCA is now offering free webinars to both members and non-members through May 15th in an effort to make virtual professional development offerings more accessible. Please see the list of webinars here. *CEUs are also offered. See details on their website.

For Members of Texas Counseling Association (TCA)

Region 10 Operations During COVID-19 Pandemic

Region 10 ESC is committed to the health safety of our staff and all our constituencies. In this unusual situation with the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, Region 10 will be taking measures to mitigate contributing to the spread of the virus. The Center believes it is also proper for us to provide at least a certain level of normalcy toward carrying out our mission of Students, Service, Solutions for the schools that depend on us.

The following events have been cancelled or postponed

  • From Monday, March 16th until Sunday, March 29th - All workshops, seminars, and meetings with non-employees that were scheduled to be held at Region 10 ESC facilities are cancelled or postponed.
  • From Monday, March 16th until Sunday, March 29th – All workshops and seminars involving multiple schools/district scheduled by and led by Region 10 are cancelled or postponed.

Region 10 Counseling Consultants

Susan Delarosa, M.Ed.

Susan Delarosa is a Counseling Consultant specializing in the areas of elementary and middle school counseling. She spent eleven years in Frisco ISD and three years in Grand Prairie ISD.

Brandi Fennell, M.Ed.

Brandi Fennell is a Counseling Consultant specializing in the areas of high school counseling and CCMR. She spent the last five years as a high school counselor in Amarillo ISD and was previously a College Readiness and Scholarship Coordinator.

We are so incredibly honored to support Region 10 ESC counselors spanning over 80 districts, 55 charter schools and 860,000 students.

Please contact us for support in the following areas:

Legislative Updates

School Counselor Ethics

Crisis Support

Comprehensive Guidance Planning

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Social and Emotional Learning


and much more!

**For Apply Texas access or technical support, please contact Brandi Fennell at brandi.fennell@region10.org