School Counselor Connection
Tips for Success Vol 2, May 2020
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 www.mhanational.org/may 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.
Self-Care - Supporting Staff and Virtual Teams
Supporting the mental wellness of our staff is just as important as the mental health of our students. Read below for some articles worth checking out.
Being Our Best Self During Challenging Times by Dr. Marc Brackett
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.
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.
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
ASCA Toolkit: Virtual Elementary School Counseling
ASCA Toolkit: Virtual Middle School Counseling
ASCA Toolkit: Virtual High School Counseling
COVID-19 K-12 Counseling: Key educational and counseling resources to support students during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Find guides for suicide prevention at a distance and virtual suicide assessment checklists.
The Early Years
The Elementary Years
The Middle School Years
The High School Years
OCDE Support and Resources
Instructional Continuity Website- find resources to support your students and families during distance learning.
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:
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
Luz M. Arellano, Ed.D
K-12 School Counseling Services Coordinator
Orange County Department of Education