As a school counselor I perform many roles in order to promote a positive environment here at Rawlins Cooperative High School:
- Individual Counseling
- Small Group Counseling
- Academic Guidance and Credit Monitoring
- Student Success Plan
- Organize and Administer building testing
- Coordinate activities to promote staff and student relationships
- Structure extra-curricular opportunities for student to pursue their future goals
- Respond to school crises and emergency situations
- Provide appropriate resources and information to students and families
Students may experience ups and downs in their mental health and well-being, which is a natural part of adolescent development. At the same time, adolescence is often the time that individuals may experience the initial onset of mental health illness and disorders such as anxiety or depression. The resources below offer information and resources on topics central to health and wellness as well as mental health issues that students may confront.
- The Teen Brain: 6 Things to Know: Research and information complied by the National Institute of Mental Health focusing on the change and development of the adolescent brain and implications for behavior and mental health.
- Depression: Adolescent depression is increasing at an alarming rate. Recent surveys indicate that as many as one in five teens suffers from clinical depression. This is a serious problem that calls for prompt, appropriate treatment.
- Anxiety: Someone with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) worries excessively about many different things and is not able to control his or her worry. The worrying and anxiety causes serious emotional distress, and causes problems at school and in relationships.
- Suicide: If you or any of your friends are feeling this way and have had thoughts of suicide, the most important thing to do is to talk immediately with an adult you trust. If you want to remain anonymous call the hotline number 1-800-273-8255 or go to the the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and ask them to help you figure out what to do.
- Eating disorders: Eating disorders are real, complex, and devastating conditions that can have serious consequences for health, productivity, and relationships.
- Substance Abuse: Think you might have a problem? Want the facts about addiction? If you are worried about a family member or friend, check out: Alateen
Dating and Relationships
- That's Not Cool: Draw your digital line. Your phone and social media accounts are a digital extension of your life. When someone you’re dating is controlling, disrespecting, or pressuring you in those spaces, that’s not cool. That’s Not Cool provides tools to help you draw your digital line about what is, or is not, okay in your relationships.
- Scarleteen: Inclusive, comprehensive and smart sexuality information and help for teens and 20s.
Grief and Loss
Coping with the loss of a close friend or family member may be one of the hardest challenges that many of us face. These resources below are offered to help you learn more about the grieving process and ways to get help and support in coping with death and loss.