February Recognizes Important Role of School Counselors

This year’s national theme, “School Counseling: Helping Students Realize Their Potential,” focuses our attention on the special contribution that school counselors make within our school systems. It recognizes the important role that school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for the rest of their lives.

Keystone offers resources and training to school counselors and others in the school who support students, such as staff in exceptional student education programs, guidance counselors, advisors, coaches and admissions directors. Our child psychologists regularly provide in-service trainings to faculty in schools throughout the First Coast, as well as to educators in local cultural and tourist organizations.

For example, in January, Dr. Max Horovitz made a presentation on “Working with Kid with Special Needs” to the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens’ education staff. His presentation focused on autism spectrum disorder (ASD), its symptoms and common difficulties that children with ASD face. He shared ways to give these children effective instructions and how educators can use reinforcements and visual supports to help children with ASD enjoy their experiences at the zoo more. Dr. Max described general problem behaviors that educators may observe and gave tips on how to prevent them so that children with ASD aren’t disruptive and don’t hurt themselves. The educators asked lots of questions and appreciated the opportunity to learn more about how to incorporate children successfully into their camps and classes.

Keystone meets with guidance counselors, admissions directors and exceptional student education (ESE) staff and provides in-service training to faculty in schools, as well as providing Lunch ’n Learn presentations to doctors, nurse practitioners and staff in pediatrician offices.

Some examples of presentation/in-service training topics are:

  • Ins and outs of classroom behavior management
  • Understanding early childhood emotional and behavioral difficulties
  • What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
  • Early childhood developmental milestones
  • Early Identification: Red flags for learning challenges and how to recognize them
  • What is ADHD and what can you do about it?
  • Helping students manage stress more effectively
  • Anxiety and Mood: What do they look like and how can you help
  • Attention and executive functioning in childhood
  • Promoting study skills and executive skills coaching
  • Identification and management of concussions and other sport injuries
  • Recognizing signs of trauma and helping students cope
  • Signs of psychological disorders in students (e.g., ADHD, LD, anxiety, depression)
  • Cultural knowledge and sensitivity in the classroom
  • Bullying identification and prevention

Staff is happy to develop other presentations for specific situations or concerns. To recommend or arrange potential presentation/in-service training opportunities for Keystone, contact Karen Rieley, rieley@keystonebehavioral.com, 904.333.1151.

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