Students to have access to counselors, SEL services on first day of school

When your student shows up on the first day of school, they’ll likely see a counselor in the hallway. That’s because we’re investing in staff and training to help students’ mental health as we transition back to campuses this fall.

Why it matters: Psychologists have warned about the emotional and psychological toll living under a pandemic for more than a year has caused to many students.

  • Students don’t have to prove their need or wellness or care, it’s just open access –– the ability to talk to counselors at any point in time,” said Shakira Hamilton-Adams, secondary counseling coordinator.

We’re preparing for your students now by training in Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), dedicated advisory periods focused on mental health, one-on-one meetings with counselors and more.

What is TBRI?

Trust-Based Relational Intervention is an evidence-based practice that meets the needs of the whole child with an approach that is developmentally respectful, responsive to trauma and attachment-based. TBRI training and the strategy of regulate, relate, reason –– which was adopted from Dr. Bruce Perry’s Neurosequential Model of Education will be used to assist students in need.

Regulate: Help students feel safe and emotionally settled.

The counselor makes sure the student has basic needs met before they focus on academics. This could look like making sure the student has a moment to breathe if they’re feeling overwhelmed, or even making sure they’ve eaten or are hydrated.

Relate: Build a relationship between the student and the counselor.

The student can communicate what they need from the counselor or how the counselor can support them. Here, counselors can talk to the student about how they can help beyond their basic needs. Students will feel connected and safe with a trusted adult.

Reason: Act on meeting student needs.

The counselor connects the student with resources to meet their needs. For example, if the student is having trouble in class, the counselor might coordinate a parent-teacher conference to support the student. Students will feel connected and safe to fully engage in higher-level cognitive processes and counselors will assist them by advocating and facilitating support in and around school. Students can use higher-level thinking skills for decision-making and perspective-taking.

Learn more here.