U.S. Department of Education Awards More Than $24.8 Million in Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Grants

The U.S. Department of Education awarded more than $24.8 million to 67 schools districts in 26 states across the country to establish or expand counseling programs. Grantees will use funds to support counseling programs in elementary and secondary schools. Specifically, the new Elementary and Secondary School Counseling grant awards will aid schools in hiring qualified mental-health professionals with the goal of expanding the range, availability, quantity and quality of counseling services. Parents of participating students Read More

U.S. Department of Education Awards More Than $14.7 Million in Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Grants

The U.S. Department of Education awarded more than $14.7 million to 40 school districts in 20 states across the country to establish or expand counseling programs. Grantees will use funds to support counseling programs in elementary and secondary schools. Specifically, the new awards will aid schools in hiring qualified mental-health professionals with the goal of expanding the range, availability, quantity and quality of counseling services. Parents of participating students will have input in the design Read More

Editorial: Family violence – Start with education

Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose’s decision to highlight family violence in her first speech to the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) has particular resonance in Saskatchewan – the province with the worst record on this issue. Ambrose, who took on her new role in a cabinet shuffle last month, told the CMA’s annual meeting in Calgary Monday that spousal violence – along with elder and child abuse and other family violence – has “far-reaching” harmful effects Read More

Healthy Kids: What to expect when your child is in therapy

When parents decide to take a child to therapy for behavioral or emotional issues for the first time, they may have concerns about their role in the counseling process. Although every situation is different, the following is a guideline on what parents can expect their involvement to be during the therapeutic process: Preschool, elementary school • For a young child, a parent’s participation and follow-through is essential. Not only will the behavioral health professional need Read More

Psychologists find that bad night’s sleep worsens relationship conflicts

Relationship problems can keep us awake at night. But new research from UC Berkeley suggests that sleepless nights also can worsen lovers’ fights. UC Berkeley psychologists Amie Gordon and Serena Chen have found that people are much more likely to lash out at their romantic partners over relationship tensions after a bad night’s sleep. "Couples who fight more are less happy and less healthy," said Gordon, a doctoral student in psychology and lead author of Read More

Mental health counseling expanded to elementary schools

Milpitas Unified School District continues to be proactive about its intervention, last week approving placement next month for additional mental health counseling days before Friday’s tragic massacre of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Less than one week after the Board of Education approved the ratification of a $104,000 contract with Palo Alto-based non-profit organization Counseling and Support Services for Youth to provide social and emotional support services Read More

Nine-year-old boy suspended for ‘sexual harrassment’

By Gregory Kane This is a tale of a bus and a guy named Bostic. Bostic’s first name is Jerry. He’s probably a pretty swell guy, I suppose. At least, by his own admission, he is. He spent 44 years as an educator. And, Bostic said recently, he "really enjoyed" working with the kiddies. The bus in this story is the figurative one that Bostic got tossed under. Details of the Bostic and the bus Read More

Is arrest the best chance for a child to get mental health care?

By Tim Haeck A girl accused of stabbing two classmates at Snohomish High School had been expelled, evaluated and treated in the months before the attack. That violent episode exposes a shortage of mental health services for kids. Some experts even suggest that getting arrested might be the best chance for critical, long term treatment. When Pat Martinelli heard about the stabbing last month, she thought about the two freshmen victims, of course, but also Read More

Emotes

By Rebecca (Bell) Branstetter Anyone who has been a therapist or counseling with kiddos for a while will appreciate this post. I don’t know about y’all, but there are some things in my play therapy kit that I kind of want to throw away because every kid seems to want to play it and I’m so over it (Uno and Connect Four, I’m looking at YOU guys!). I often need play therapy toy "crop rotations" Read More