The Pollard Counseling Department is committed to advocating for all students and to being an integral part of the Pollard community.  Counselors assist, guide, and direct students and families with academic planning, social/emotional issues, transition planning, and many other areas relevant in a student's middle school experience.  Counselors help students develop a strong sense of self, a respect for others, and offer guidance in making good decisions and helping students achieve their aspirations.

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Last edited 11/17/23

Lane Lyceum Speaker Series

Raising Resilient Children in a Stress-Filled World

Tuesday, December 12, 2023 7:30pm

In Person- First Parish in Needham, 23 Dedham Ave.

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The role of a parent has always been a gratifying and challenging responsibility.  The challenges have intensified in today’s world given the ramifications of COVID, political divisiveness, and the impact of social media.  In his presentation Dr. Brooks will offer realistic strategies for nurturing self-worth, caring, responsibility, and resilience in our children.  Many illustrations of these strategies will be offered.

Dr. Robert Brooks is a psychologist on the faculty (part-time) of Harvard Medical School and former Director of the Department of Psychology at McLean Hospital.  He has lectured nationally and internationally and written extensively about such themes as resilience across the lifespan, education, parenting, and creating positive school and work environments.  He is the author or co-author of 21 books including Raising Resilient Children; The Power of Resilience: Achieving Balance, Confidence, and Personal Strength in Your Life; and Tenacity in Children: Nurturing the Seven Instincts for Lifetime Success.  Dr. Brooks has received many awards for his work, most recently, The Mental Health Humanitarian Award from William James College in Massachusetts for his contributions as an educator, clinician, and author.  He has also served as a consultant for Sesame Street Parents Magazine.


First Meeting Monday Nov. 6th, 2023 @ Needham Public Library Community Room (7:30 - 8:30 PM)

We invite all Needham parents and caregivers of children/teens in Special Education to come together for a monthly, in-person support group. Our goal is to offer a supportive environment where parents and caregivers can come together to connect, find emotional support, and share experiences. We hope to enhance our sense of community connection and promote parental well being. The group will be facilitated by SEPAC parents Becca Kahane, Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Carrie Galhouse, Psychiatric Mental Health Advanced Practice Registered Nurse.

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This is an open group. We welcome you to join any or all meetings. We ask all participants to respect confidentiality and to refrain from discussing the content of our meetings outside of this context. Participate in whatever way works for you, share as much or as little as you are comfortable with. Please note this is not a therapeutic group and no formal clinical treatment or recommendations will be given. Meetings will typically be held at the Library, the first Monday of the month. Visit the support group page for more information. 

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Grade 8 Transition Night for Parents

Wednesday, February 7th, 6:30pm-8:00pm

NHS Auditorium

Join members of the NHS Administration and Counseling Department for an informative evening as your student begins their transition to high school.

New Student Ambassadors will lead small group tours of the building prior to the presentation. Sign up is required for tours. Tours will begin promptly at 6:00pm in the Main Entrance Lobby

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