Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child
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Counseling, Psychological & Social Services
What is it?
These prevention and intervention services support the mental, behavioral, and social-emotional health of students and promote success in the learning process. Services include psychological, psychoeducational, and psychosocial assessments; direct and indirect interventions to address psychological, academic, and social barriers to learning, such as individual or group counseling and consultation; and referrals to school and community support services as needed. Additionally, systems-level assessment, prevention, intervention, and program design by school-employed mental health professionals contribute to the mental and behavioral health of students as well as to the health of the school environment. These can be done through resource identification and needs assessments, school-community-family collaboration, and ongoing participation in school safety and crisis response efforts. Additionally, school-employed professionals can provide skilled consultation with other school staff and community resources and community providers. School-employed mental health professionals ensure that services provided in school reinforce learning and help to align interventions provided by community providers with the school environment. Professionals such as certified school counselors, school psychologists, and school social workers provide these services.
Ideas for Your PTA
- Ask your school counselors, social workers, and psychologists what they need from your PTA.
- Provide opportunities for students and staff that focus on mindfulness: coloring, art, music, yoga, and time exploring nature all support the social-emotional health of students.
- Support the ability of your school staff to respond to crises by supporting training opportunities and professional development.
- Provide material support through in-school clothing closets or food banks.
Do you have other ideas to share? Email us at Marianne@ncpta.org!