Counselor's Corner

Fall 2015

Jefferson Elementary Parents

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Welcome to the 2015-2016 School Year!

New this school year is the Peace Model Project. The Peace Model Project is a three-year grant funded program from the U.S. Department of Education that has allowed the Caldwell/West Caldwell School District to expand the number of Counselors in the elementary schools. In each elementary school a School Counselor is based from The Bridge, Inc. and will be providing individual and group counseling, classroom lessons as well as support to school staff.

At Jefferson Elementary your School Counselor is Radha Collins!

Nice to meet you!

I am very excited to be at Jefferson Elementary School! My name is Radha Collins and I am a Certified School Counselor in NJ, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Registered Play Therapist, and a National Certified Counselor (NCC).

I received my BA in Human Development from the Boston College School of Education (Go Eagles!) and my Masters degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University. Since that time I have worked in healthcare in various counseling, educational programming, and organizational development capacities. A few years ago I decided to work in a school setting and obtained my School Counseling Certification from Montclair State University.

I am looking forward to getting to know everyone, as well as be a resource and support.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me via phone, e-mail, or stopping by!

Random things about me...

I have traveled to over 25 countries.

I'm a great swimmer.

I want to become bilingual in Spanish.

I LOVE the color makes me HAPPY!

Tulips are my favorite flower.

I am a chocoholic!


1. Tom Palermo -Positive Parenting Workshop Series
See descriptions and registration link below.

2. Week of R-E-S-P-E-C-T! October 5th -9th

Monday, October 5 to kick off the week of respect everyone is encouraged to wear the school color Blue to signify unity.

Tom Palermo Parent Workshop Series -Thursday's 7-8:30 PM in October

Tom Palermo is a highly acclaimed speaker and Positive Parenting Coach. He is the author of Parenting…The Manual Your Child Should Have Come With and Jumping In Puddles: A Guide to Positive Parenting. His dynamic parenting seminars are filled with substantive, down-to-earth techniques that help parents identify behavioral challenges and employ positive solutions.

Register for individual seminars or the entire series.


Why Kids Do What They Do & The 15 Minute Miracle -10/8

Learn how kids think differently from adults – and how we unwittingly reinforce the behaviors we most despise. The basic principles of social learning are applied to everyday situations in the home. How do kids learn certain behaviors – and how can undesirable behaviors be changed? Parents will have the opportunity to engage in a reflection exercise to determine why certain conflicts and behaviors plague their home.

Stop the Yelling and Gain Cooperation -10/15

In this engaging, interactive workshop, parents are taught how to observe and describe behaviors specifically and accurately. Learn how this skill will increase your effectiveness in obtaining cooperation, avoiding misunderstandings and providing a clear and powerful message when speaking to your children. Get tips on how to communicate clearly in “kid-speak”, while fostering a close bond with your children.

Changing Bad Behaviors For Good Ones & Ending Tantrums -10/29

The focus of this session is how to teach to inappropriate behaviors. What do you do if your young person will not accept no, follow your rules or accept consequences? Tom will review a technique to replace your yelling with a teaching vehicle that can utilize consequences and instruct a desirable replacement behavior. Sound impossible? This technique can send a powerful message to your child that change is absolutely necessary – without employing the anger and conflict that injure child’s self-esteem and self-image.

Establishing a Routine

Children need routine, consistency, and order in their lives. They need to know what is going to happen and when it is going to happen. Establishing a routine at the beginning of the new school year will benefit your child's well-being. If there is going to be change, let them know ahead of time. Children thrive when they know what to expect and feel loved.

Here are some suggestions to establish a routine within your household.

~ Wake your child up at the same time every school day and make sure they have a nutritious breakfast.

~ Teach your child to pack their backpack the night before. Check materials with them before their backpack is packed.

~ Set a consistent bed time each school night and keep it.

~ Set a time for homework and provide a comfortable work space.

~ Make time to talk with your child everyday about school in regards to their academics and socializing.

Bonus: Create a positive mood. ~Try waking up or getting ready to a favorite tune in the morning.

Parent toolkit ~Homework

Beating Homework Hassles

Back-to-School night!

Thursday, Sep. 24th, 7-9pm

85 Prospect Street

West Caldwell, NJ