School Counselor Connection

Tips for Success Vol 2, May 2020

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Focus: Mental Health

May is Mental Health Month!

Explore #Tools2Thrive and discover practical tools that everyone can use to improve their #mentalhealth and increase resiliency. Visit to download the free #mentalhealthmonth toolkit and learn more information about: recognizing and owning your feelings; finding the positive after loss; connecting with others; eliminating toxic influences; creating healthy routines; and supporting others.

Student Mental Health Week (click here)

Professional development and activities

Self-Care - Supporting Staff and Virtual Teams

Virtual Counseling

Surveys for School Counselors: ready to use needs assessments and informed consent.

School Counselors Try To Keep Students Connected To Mental Health Services- school counselor talks about her experience with virtual counseling.

There’s an App for That—School Counseling and SEL Go Online- From virtual counseling to wellness apps, school districts are increasingly turning to “telehealth” to meet students’ mental health needs during the pandemic.

Sample of Virtual School Counseling Program Action Plan During COVID-19

Parent/Family Engagement

Family Engagement: Resource Roundup- Explore tips, strategies, and resources to help improve the connection from home to school and expand parent involvement.

NNPS Partnerships in the Time of COVID-19: Help All Children Keep Learning when School Buildings are Closed- Tips by Dr. Epstein to keeping parents and students engaged.

Upcoming Webinar

Webinar for Educators/School Personnel-Best Virtual Practices for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder: This webinar, hosted by the Thompson Autism Center in collaboration with CAND, is intended for educators/school personnel. It will provide tips/education from experts in Autism Spectrum Disorder including psychologists, BCBA's, social workers, resource specialists and other community providers. Content will cover topics such as delivering curriculum effectively virtually, keeping the student motivated, addressing parental burnout , assessing for child abuse within the pandemic, and resources.

Time: May 13, 2020 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 823 1702 1850

Password: 5b3auc


ASCA Resources:

ASCA Toolkit: Virtual Elementary School Counseling

ASCA Toolkit: Virtual Middle School Counseling

ASCA Toolkit: Virtual High School Counseling

Virtual Elementary School Counseling: Tier 1 How-to

Virtual Middle School Counseling: Tier 1 How-to

CASC Resources:

COVID-19 K-12 Counseling: Key educational and counseling resources to support students during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Comprehensive School Suicide Prevention Click here

Find guides for suicide prevention at a distance and virtual suicide assessment checklists.

CHOC: Coping Videos (click here)

Recorded videos on coping strategies

The Early Years

The Elementary Years

The Middle School Years

Dr. Laura Markham Helps Kids Manage Coronavirus Fears

The High School Years

For Families and Caregivers

Childhood and Teen Depression in English and Spanish

OCDE Support and Resources

Instructional Continuity Website- find resources to support your students and families during distance learning.

OCDE Newsroom and Updates

Be Calm Session- guided meditations led by Dr. Vezzuto

K-12 School Counseling Services:

Luz M. Arellano, Ed.D., Coordinator

Crisis Response Network:

Stephanie Loscko, MSW, PPSC , Program Specialist

Family Engagement Program:

Sheree Newman, Program Specialist

Student Mental Health, Social & Emotional Learning, Restorative Practice:

Lucy A. Vezzuto, PhD

McKinney Vento Homeless Information & Support:

Jeanne Awrey Coordinator

​Student Services (CWA/SARB):

Terrance Dunn, M.Ed., Coordinator

Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program:

Raina K Lee, Coordinator

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Luz M. Arellano, Ed.D

K-12 School Counseling Services Coordinator

Educational Services

Orange County Department of Education