Counselor's Corner

                   
                          Individual Services

I meet individually with students in circumstances when a student's educational success is being impacted. I spend time working with individual students to improve their social skills, discuss feelings, and to empower problem solving methods. While a school counselor cannot provide on-going counseling, it may be appropriate for a student to receive short-term individual counseling. When more attention and intervention is required, school counselors can act as a referral agent for parents to access counseling services within the community. 


                     Group Services

A variety of small groups are offered to students who may benefit from spending some extra time developing academic, social, or emotional skills along with their peers, and to students who are coping with similar life situations. Groups can have anywhere from 3-6 members and usually meet once a week for several weeks.

If you would like your child to participate in a group, please fill out a permission form.


 
As a school counselor, one of my responsibilities is to develop and facilitate guidance lessons that focus on school readiness, understanding feelings of self and others, problem solving, friendship, conflict management/resolution, academic success, etc.

Random Acts of Kindness
The Random Acts of Kindness curriculum features developmentally appropriate, standards-aligned lessons that teach students important Social Emotional (SEL) skills. Listed below are some examples of Unit topics.

         Feelings and Actions                 Good Manners
         Learning to Listen                     Solving Problems
         Kindness                                    Empathy
         Communication                         Bullying
         Honesty and Integrity                Taking Care of Ourselves
         Influences                                  Conflict Resolution
         Creating a Kind Classroom       Feelings and Behavior                                           

MindUP
MindUP is a CASEL SELect program that aims to foster a positive, school-wide climate and culture. The MindUP program has been shown to increase pro-social actions, decrease aggressive behaviors, and improve academic achievement, especially in math and language arts.  

The MindUP curriculum is adaptable and lessons are designed to easily integrate into a variety of themes and content standards. In fact, they compliment almost any subject. 

MindUP is comprised of 15 lessons, which focus on four key elements:
1. Getting Focused
2. Sharpening Your Senses
3. It's All About Attitude
4. Taking Action Mindfully


            Allies in Promoting Prevention
We want to ensure that every student in Douglas County knows what steps to take when they encounter a peer or family member in need of help. It’s often difficult for children to know what to say or do when they recognize a peer or family member needs help.  They may be afraid of intruding or saying the wrong thing so they assume someone else will intervene.  If they know someone needs help, the person to say something is them.  If we can get students help when they need it instead of waiting for someone else to do it, then we decrease the likelihood of bullying, school violence, substance abuse, and suicide. 

Monthly Topics:
January: "How to Help Friends & Family"
February: "Healthy Relationships"
March: "Awareness Around Bullying & Harassment"
April: "Acceptance & Appreciation of Self & Others"
May: "Summer Resources and Safety"

                           S.O.S
           (Student Officers of Safety)

S.O.S is a peer mediation program designed to enhance student's skills in leadership, communication, conflict management/resolution, and problem-solving. S.O.S is open to all 5th and 6th graders who demonstrate TRACKS behavior and can be role models for the school. 

The School Counselor works in conjunction with S.O.S students to develop essential skills for carrying out their roles. Once trained, S.O.S Officers are on call to mediate student conflicts during K-3 recess. Peer Mediators work in teams of two to help disputants resolve their conflicts. 

Because of the nature of this program, students may sometimes miss class for their shift. Teachers sign S.O.S applications and approve all students for the S.O.S program. Students understand that they are responsible to make up any missed work.

If Your student is interested in joining S.O.S., please have him/her stop by Mrs. Brandon's office for an application!

                            
                    Healthy Schools
Mindful Mondays/Wellness Wednesdays

Each week, I will post helpful tips and tricks for keeping healthy minds and bodies. Students and staff are encouraged to participate and practice the suggested mindful activities throughout the week. 

You can find our Mindful Mondays/Wellness Wednesdays web-page by clicking here

If you would like to suggest a helpful tip or trick that you practice, please email Mrs. Brandon! 


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Youth and Family Resources
The Douglas County Youth Initiative is a collaborative project between Douglas County government, the Douglas County School District, the City of Lone Tree, the Town of Castle Rock, the Town of Parker, and Douglas County Libraries. It serves to coordinate local youth-serving efforts and assess the needs of the community's kids.

Denver Behavioral Consultants Presents Social Skills Groups
Denver Behavior Consultants was founded to provide children and families with the strategies needed to increase their success at home, school, and in the community.

Spark Counseling, LLC
Meet Jenna! "I am dedicated to building relationships in order to help you and/or your child(ren) reach their dreams and goals. I believe that change happens with open, honest communication. But more importantly, that change happens when one feels cared about and safe". 

Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center
The Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center is dedicated to helping patients and families by providing transformative treatment of depressive illnesses and related mood disorders. As part of the National Network of Depression Centers, the Johnson Depression Center’s innovative team-based and integrated care models are revolutionizing the mental and behavioral health landscape.

Creative Counseling Center
At Creative Counseling Center we understand that taking the first step in finding a therapist or counselor can be the most difficult and we’re grateful you found us. We provide counseling services to children (18 mo+), adolescents, adults, couples and families. Our approach is supportive, warm, and collaborative and we pride ourselves in being highly responsive by answering the phone or returning calls within one hour, scheduling appointments as soon as possible, and being available to assist clients in crisis.

All Health Network
Formerly known as Arapahoe Douglas Mental Health Network, is an organization that has been providing mental health and substance use counseling since 1955.  We are deeply connected to our community in the south-Denver metro area. We are a mission-driven not-for-profit, private organization with a full array of clinical services available to all ages.  

We are a trusted family of mental health and substance use providers.  Our warm, smart, compassionate clinicians (counselors, therapists, social workers, psychiatrists, case managers, nurses) offer a consistent model of clinical excellence with a focus on personalized goals for treatment.  Whether this is your first call to seek services, a mental health emergency, or if you have been a client with us for years, our providers are here to serve you with an open heart and mind.


                          

arbrandon@dcsdk12.org      (303)387-5383 ext. 75383

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