We typically can tell how a child is feeling just by looking at and listening to him or her. We see it in their faces and body language and hear it in their voices. Children tend to express their emotions as they feel them. By now, most children have heard of Covid 19. And by now it’s very likely that they are exhibiting their fears, anger, sadness or disgust.
We can let them know we hear them and are here for them.
Some of them may have seen the movie Inside Out. Even if they haven’t this could be a time to use the short video clips from the movie to talk about different feelings. https://www.thehelpfulcounselor.com/20-inside-out-clips-to-help-teach-children-about-feelings/.
Remind your students (and their families) that it’s ok to feel these feelings. We just have to figure out appropriate ways to deal with them. Help them think of strategies that will help them get to “joy.”
Check this out!! Free Second Step and Committee for Children Resources ~ NEW Spring 2020
Mind Yeti®: Fifteen of our mindfulness program sessions are now available for anyone to use, no experience necessary! Designed for educators and families to do alongside children, or for older children to do on their own, Mind Yeti provides a great way for everyone to practice mindfulness during this difficult time.
DCSD Counseling Vision Statement:
The Denison CSD Counseling Department will empower students to be independent and productive members of a diverse and ever-changing world. Students will be well prepared to meet the challenges and high expectations of the 21st century.
DCSD Counseling Mission Statement:
The mission of the Denison CSD Counseling Department is to provide a comprehensive school counseling program to address the personal/social, academic, and postsecondary needs of all students. School counselors collaborate with stakeholders to prepare students to develop successful relationships, be competent problem-solvers, and develop critical thinking skills in a technological, diverse, and global society.
DCSD Counseling Belief Statements:
Every student is a unique individual who deserves to feel safe, engaged, and connected at school through a caring relationship with an adult.
Every student can learn, and every student can succeed.
Every student should have access to and an opportunity for a high-quality education.
Every student should graduate from high school prepared for postsecondary opportunities.
Every student should have access to a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes and enhances academic, career, and social/emotional outcomes.
Character development is essential for students to reason, act in an ethical manner, and be a responsible citizen.
Effective school counseling is a collaborative process involving school counselors, students, families, teachers, administrators, other school staff and education stakeholders.
School counselors are leaders and student advocates in the school, district, and state.