Camas Ridge Counseling Corner

Week 6: October 28, 2020~Growing Through Challenges

Growing Through

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it--Helen Keller

While there are many obstacles and challenges right now, we have the choice of being paralyzed by the obstacles or growing through the obstacles. I like to think of this time as a great opportunity to shift our focus and goals. We aren't lowering expectations or expecting less of ourselves or others; instead, we may need to shift our expectations and focus.

I believe this time provides the opportunity to learn:

  • learn about our community,
  • learn about the strength of our mindset to grow and overcome,
  • learn self-awareness in regards to our emotional, physical, and mental responses,
  • learn how to advocate for our needs and wants, and
  • learn how to build resilience within ourselves and our community.

Just like roses in concrete. The real story is how we continue moving forward, even when dealing with obstacles and struggles. Like the roses confronted with concrete that struggles because the path has been made more difficult. There are obstacles, things look dark, but that's when they look for the light and move toward it. It finds a way to grow through.


Do you remember the Weebles? The toys from years ago that wobbled, but wouldn't fall down. That is what I think of when I think of resilience, the ability to continue to learn, grow, attempt, fail, try again, and utilize resources to grow through and forward.

Resilience is not always being right and successful. It holds the ability to make mistakes and determination to continue to get back up and continue forward.

Below and linked here is a kid-friendly video on resilience.

Parent Groups and Events

The south region counselors would like to invite you to 2 parent groups/events:

1) Behavior Management Parenting Group run by UO Child and Family Center Wednesday evenings 6:30-7:30

2) "Timely Topics" run by elementary counselors on varying topic specific to times. First event Tuesday, Nov. 10 6:00-7:00 at Timely Topic Tuesdays (zoom link)

See this flyer for more information: Parent Groups and Events Flyer

Visit my Virtual Counseling Space & Website

In this virtual and distanced world, it's hard to maintain connections. I've created a couple resources and platforms that may help with communication and access.

Explore my virtual classroom: Camas Virtual Counseling Space

And visit our Camas Ridge Counseling Corner website

Need Help or Connection to Resources?

If your family is in need of any additional resource, whether it is food, clothing, school supplies, parenting supports, mental health supports or something else, please do not hesitate to reach out.

We will always do what we can to help!

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