DHS Counselor Newsletter

Summer Opportunities & Mental Health Focus

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What I am doing this summer?

This summer we want our students to take an opportunity to rest and relax, of course! However, we want them to do MORE than just that! We want students to maximize their summer by taking advantage of many available summer opportunities and experiences. You can start on your own with a simple Google search, or by clicking HERE, you can go to the Summer Opportunities listing in the DHS Counseling section of the school's website. New opportunities are added weekly.
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Your teenager might be disappointed about their grades, or perceived rejection by a friend, or having to finish their chores before they can leave the house. Whatever the “trigger”, now they’re upset, which is often a difficult time to reason with them. HERE are five suggestions for being with them during difficult moments, that might help to reduce their defensiveness and support them to have more options for dealing with stress. (October 5, 2015/in Blog /by William Schroeder)

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The Campaign to Change Direction

The Campaign to Change Direction is a collection of concerned citizens,nonprofit leaders, and leaders from the private sector who have come together to create a new story in America about mental health, mental illness, and wellness. To get useful information, join them, and make a pledge; you can go to www.changedirection.org
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Brochure - Clinic for Child Anxiety - CYARD at GSU in Atlanta

"The Clinic for Youth Anxiety and Related Disorders (CYARD) is in the Department of Psychology at Georgia State University. We provide assessment and therapy services for children and adolescents (ages 4 through 17 years) in the greater Atlanta area. CYARD is staffed by doctoral clinicians in training who are supervised by licensed psychologists."
Please click HERE to access the informational brochure or HERE to access the complete CYARD website.

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15 Things Therapists Actually Want You To Know

"Therapy can be mysterious and intimidating, especially if you don’t know what to expect. So BuzzFeed Health spoke with three psychologists who all have extensive experience with psychotherapy: Stephanie Smith, Ph.D., clinical psychologist in Colorado; Ryan Howes, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and professor at Fuller Graduate School of Psychology; and Lynn Bufka, Ph.D., associate executive director of Practice Research and Policy at the American Psychological Association. Here’s what they wish people knew about therapy:" Full Article

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Upcoming Events...

February 2nd from 6:30-8pm - DHS Media Center

FAFSA Completion Support Event

Come in and get assistance from Collegiate Financial Aid officers and the Georgia Student Finance Commission to complete your FAFSA. Clink on the links below for FAQs in hot topic areas.

Federal Student Aid at a Glance

The Financial Aid Process

The FAFSA Process

Who's my Parent?

Who's my Parent? Graphic

FSA ID, What and Why?

FINANCIAL AID TOOLKIT - website with extensive Financial Aid resources for families


February 10th from 6:30 - 7:15pm

Rising 9th grade Info. Session for families whose students last names begin with A-K

We will discuss transitioning to life at DHS, scheduling for freshman year, and academic and career exploration programs available to DHS students. This is meant for any current 8th grade students/families, CSD and non-CSD, planning to attend DHS for 9th grade.


February 10th from 7:30 - 8:15pm

Rising 9th grade Info. Session for families whose students last names begin with L-Z

We will discuss transitioning to life at DHS, scheduling for freshman year, and academic and career exploration programs available to DHS students. This is meant for any current 8th grade students/families, CSD and non-CSD, planning to attend DHS for 9th grade.


February 25th

Rising 9th grade course request assistance sessions at RMS

-DHS counselors will be at RMS and available to 8th graders all day to assist students with deciding which elective courses and alternates to request for 9th grade. Click HERE for information on core and elective course options for rising 9th graders.


March 13th

NACA National College Fair Field Trip -

Sponsored by the Decatur High School PTSA Academic Support Committee

For a list of colleges/universities that will be represented click HERE.

To Register and print your registration barcode click HERE.

Meet on-on-one with college representatives, visit the Counseling/Resource Center, and attend engaging informational workshops.

Meet at DHS at 10:45; Info session at 11:15; Depart for the Georgia International Convention Center, College Park, GA at 12:00; and return to DHS by 4:00

-Sign up for the buses will begin after February Break in Room 216 or by phone (404-370-4170 ext. 2165) and the last day to sign up is 4pm March 11th.

DHS Counseling Department

The newsletter is a service of the comprehensive counseling program of Decatur High School.

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