Since March 2020, with the rise of COVID-10 and closure of schools, school counselors have faced mounting challenges. Ranging from student trauma, educational engagement and the impacts of racial violence and educational access, there have been many topics given light over the past few months. Almost immediately, there was an overwhelming response as new networks were rapidly built and volumes of resources shared. PSCA, in collaboration with the Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania (ASPP), collected key resources and practices to assist and guide pupil service professionals through re-entry and towards recovery. The result is this Companion Guide that is intended to provide support to educators, and ultimately, support to our students.
PSCA Coronavirus Roundtable 1
Micah Beaston: Social Worker, Central Dauphin School District (PASSWP, SSWAA)
Carrie Jackson: School Psychologist/Trainer, Youngstown State University (ASPP, NASP, BACB)
David Lillenstein: School Psychologist President (Association of School Psychologists of PA)
Jason Pedersen: School Psychologist (NASSP Delegate)
Lori Kelley: President (PASNAP)
Nikole Hollins-Sims: Educational Consultant (PaTTAN-Harrisburg)
PSCA Coronavirus Roundtable 2
A Conversation with Editorial Director of Future-Ed, Phyllis Jordan
We discuss supporting students both during and after school closures and promoting their engagement and mental health.
PSCA Coronavirus Roundtable 3
Special Thanks to:
Brandon Payne, Elementary School Counselor - @MrPaynePDLCS
Brianna Edwards, Elementary Counselor - @e_counselor
Morgan Peters, Middle School Counselor
Katie Mihoerck, High School Counselor - @CounselorKatieG
PSCA Coronavirus Roundtable - Supporting School Climate
Learn strategies, techniques and emerging practices to support and foster school climate and a student during and after school closures. An in depth discussion about supporting school climate, schools and students with:
Dr. Whitney Allgood, CEO of the National School Climate Center
Dr. Stacie Molnar-Main, School Climate Consultant, Pennsylvania Department of Education
DHS Secretary Theresa Miller announced the support and referral warmline is available in Pennsylvania. Beginning at 6 p.m. on April 1, they are partnering with the Center for Community Resources to offer a 24/7 mental health and crisis support line for people dealing with anxiety or other difficult emotions. Callers will be able to speak with staff who are trained in trauma-informed principles and will listen, assess the person’s needs, triage, and refer to other local supports and professionals as needed.
The Mental Health Support Line can be reached toll-free, 24/7 at 1-855-284-2494.