Hey VASC Members!
It’s Five for Friday! Jump Start your weekend with these interesting articles, educational links and resources we’ve been “pinning.” Check out these posts concerning school counselors on the hill, grief, engaging student student resistance, anxiety in kids and one school’s random acts of kindness. Follow ‘VASC School Counselor’ on Pinterest to get even more great resources!
PLUS check out our VASC Member Spotlight: Christy Norment of Harrisonburg High School!
“Highly trained and uniquely skilled, school counselors are often the first – and sometimes the only – mental health professionals a young student sees. They’re an essential piece of the American educational system — a piece that deserves support and funding. That’s the message a panel of counselors gave on Capitol Hill last week at a briefing for congressional staff that was organized by the American Counseling Association. Four school counseling professionals, Lynn Linde, Rebecca Dedmond, Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy and Jasmine Marie McLeod, spoke and answered questions during the hourlong briefing on Feb. 23.”
“The key to understanding the biological mechanism underlying complicated grief may lie in the neuropeptide hormone oxytocin, commonly implicated in facilitating social bonding and maternal behavior.”
“[Eric] Toshalis believes passionately that public schools need to remodel how educators respond to student oppositional behavior – to view it more as an opportunity, not something to punish.”
“The good news is that anxiety in kids is very treatable and they are particularly responsive. I often think we don’t give them enough credit. They’re so open to possibility, and very quick to make the right connections when they’re given the right information and support. As the adult in their life, you’re the perfect one to give it.”
“Pitt River Middle School – Random Acts of Kindness AKA “The Breakfast Club”
And be sure to check out our latest GRADUATE STUDENT OF THE MONTH POST!
Have a wonderful weekend,
Your Virginia Alliance for School Counseling Board