Mabank Counseling Connection
We Made It!
Graduation, Testing, and Summer, Oh My! This is the time of year that the pace really picks up as we hurtle towards the finish line, while at the same time, many things are winding down as everyone is looking forward to summer break.
While the end of another school year rushes up to meet us, let's take a moment to celebrate all that's been accomplished.
Hard goals were set, milestones were met, and growth was made as tears turned to smiles and the walks across the stage or onto the next campus that we've prepared for for so long are now the reality we once only dreamed of. Parents- you are a HUGE part of that, and we thank you for your partnership in education. Take a moment to notice all that's been accomplished, all the successes, both big and small that your students (and you yourself as parents) have had this year. Celebrate the work you've done, the tough days that you faced, but you made it, and the laughs, love, and experiences along the way. Congratulations to all for another year completed, and here's to the next step!
The month of May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and as the school year draws to a close and kids head home for summer, it is more important than ever to tune in to the mental health of your child, and be aware of the resources available. This issue of our Counseling Connection is chock full of helpful videos, link, articles and tips on all things mental health, so take a few minutes to peruse its contents. For even more helps, take a look at our newsletter archives on our Counseling Webpage under "Newsletter Archive" in the left-hand column.
Be sure to check out the link to our SEL Online Library as well for links to read-a-longs for books on anxiety, grief, or any number of social emotional topics. For even more helps, take a look at our newsletter archives on our Counseling Webpage under "Newsletter Archive" in the left-hand column.
As always, if you are concerned that you or someone you know may be experiencing a mental health issue, it is important to act. Start the conversation. Seek help from a trusted adult. A list of area Mental Health resources and hotlines can be found on our district counseling website under Counseling Resources. You are not alone.
Take care of you, take care of each other, and a very Happy End of Year and Summer to you all!
Ashley Ward, MS, LPC, CCTP
Coordinator of Counseling and Student Support
Communicating and Supporting Your Child Through the School Age Years
Mabank ISD is a Capturing Kids' Hearts District. CKH focuses on building relationships, accepting others’ ideas, and building on communication. This program is implemented to impact staff to student, student to student, and staff to staff relationships. Through CKH, staff and students learn and practice skills that they will use every day such as building meaningful relationships, using the EXCEL model to create a safe environment for learning, and using a social contract to develop a self-managing system for behavior and performance.
About Capturing Kids' Hearts - Capturing Kids' Hearts
After many years of working as a psychotherapist, Flip and a team of experts built Capturing Kids' Hearts to equip teachers, coaches, administrators, and district leaders to implement transformational processes focused on: Cultivating relational capacity Improving school culture Strengthening trust between teachers and students Building self-managing classrooms Creating accountability Improving academic performance Fostering trauma-informed care
How to Support Your Child's Mental Health as a Family
Growing Value and Vision in Youth by Combating Isolation and Imparting Hope
Recently, our secondary students had the opportunity to participate in Youth Equipped to Succeed’s Aim for Success program. Youth Equipped to Succeed believes strongly in connecting students to positive messages and healthy relationships that will help them navigate cultural pressures. Through their programming, students of all ages, backgrounds and circumstances are equipped with the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need in order to achieve more healthy and successful futures.
ChangeMaker: Kindness, Compassion, and Hope
Momentous Institute has been building and repairing social emotional health for nearly a century. Almost anywhere you look, the research confirms what we know to be true – that people with solid social emotional intelligence are happier, healthier and more successful.
All lessons are built on safe relationships and move up through self-regulation, awareness of self and others, empowering students to be change makers themselves. We wrapped-up Safe Relationships in the first six weeks of school and have moved through Self-Regulation, Awareness of Self, and Understanding Others (More on these in the infographic below), and are on to the next step in our Social Emotional Learning: Becoming a ChangeMaker.
ChangeMakers takes a look at the importance of kindness, compassion, and hope and gives us the tools to become changemakers in our own world. Never underestimate how far a little kindness can go. Compassion allows us to see from another's perspective, and hope gives us the courage to go on. In the midst of life's trials and heartaches, these can make all the difference.
Lets take a closer look at each of these:
What is it?
Kindness is the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.
Why is it Important?
It’s important to learn that being kind (or unkind) can affect someone for a long time. We may say or do something once, but they will hear your words and remember your actions in their minds for years to come.
What is it?
Compassion is the feeling that arises when you are confronted with another’s distress and feel motivated to do something to help.
Why is it Important?
When kids feel compassion, they’ll be better able to help others in need.
What is it?
Hope is the belief that the future will be better than the present and one has the power to make it a reality.
Why is it Important?
Children’s self-confidence soars when they realize that they have the capacity to bring hope to others. Without hope, the human spirit most often gives up.
The case for kindness
Being kind is not only the right thing to do-it's also good for our physical and mental health. Psychologists have found that performing acts of generosity boosts happiness and well-being and is even linked to physical health benefits, including lower blood pressure (Curry, O. S., et al., Journal of Experimental Social Psychology , Vol.
The Outdoors and Nature
Spending time in nature is linked to many positive mental health outcomes – improved focus, lower stress, better mood, and reduced risk of developing a mental health condition.1 Most studies on nature and well-being look at green spaces like parks and forests, but researchers are also beginning to look at blue spaces – places with ocean and river views. However, you don’t need a picture-perfect outdoor experience to get the benefits of nature.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), within the last two years, teen overdose deaths related to Fentanyl have tripled. Over half of all overdose deaths are related to Fentanyl use.
Fentanyl can come in many forms and even the smallest amount can be lethal. It is often mixed with other drugs such as cocaine and heroin. Prescription medications can also be laced with it. There have been some cases where the Fentanyl pills were made to look like candy. Oftentimes, the teen has no idea that what they are taking has Fentanyl in it.
What can you do as a parent to prevent your teen from falling prey to this deadly trend?
1) Talk to your teen. Talk about the dangers that they may face at parties and social events. Let them know that they can talk to you about things that are concerning them.
2) Monitor their social media and app usage. This is a common way that teens get access to this drug.
3) Encourage your teen to get involved with extra-curricular activities, church, service projects, community, and school organizations. Keeping your teen involved can help battle loneliness, isolation, and hopelessness.
4) Know how to access the district’s anonymous reporting tool. It can be found on the district’s website. Report any suspicion that Fentanyl use may be occurring in the schools or that someone may be abusing it. Encourage your child to do the same. You could save a life.
5) Monitor your child’s behavior. Has their behavior changed lately? Do they have a new set of “friends”? Are they keeping to themselves more often than usual?
6) Seek help if your child is facing a mental health challenge or if you suspect they are using any substance.
Life Association Scholarship Fund- Not Just for College!
This is an amazing scholarship opportunity available to any Texas student who plans to pursue a trade or vocational degree or certification at an accredited community college or nonprofit trade school in the state of Texas. The Life Association Scholarship may be used for tuition, fees, books, and equipment. They only have 1 applicant as of April 21st, so please share this great opportunity!
Communities of Texas Universal Scholarship Opportunity
Click the link below to complete the 2022 Universal Application for the Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) scholarship opportunities. This allows you to apply for multiple scholarships hosted by CFT in one spot.
ADVi / Virtual Advising Project
A chatbot named ADVi – short for “adviser” – uses artificial intelligence to provide on-demand support to Texans looking to attend or return to higher education. Right now, any student in Texas may access ADVi by texting “COLLEGE” to 512-829-3687 or by starting a freshman application in ApplyTexas.
When students sign up to receive messages from ADVi, they receive:
- The ability to ask questions about college 24/7 via text message,
- Backup support from our virtual advisers if a student has needs or questions beyond what ADVi can provide,
- Student-friendly, accurate, and engaging messages about key college access milestones,
- Information and tips to help with their college applications, planning, and financial aid, and
- Resources to help navigate the transition to college.
Learn more at www.askADVi.org.
Counseling Resources 2/23
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