By: Social Emotional Learning Department
Tyee School counselors Nicole Dock, Keishanna Russell, Jenn Truong and Michael Whitfield have been adjusting their counseling supports for students since distance learning started last March. As school counselors, they support the academic, social emotional, and college and career development of students.
When the pandemic closed school buildings last spring, counselors started delivering their suicide prevention curriculum online through Tyee’s advisory program. This year, school counselors have sought out additional training on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to build tangible skills to support student’s mental health and emotional well-being. They also participated in University of Washington’s Forefront suicide prevention cohort.
In February, they recorded a four-part series on stress where students learned how to identify stressors, implement internalizing and externalizing coping strategies, and make a self care kit and routine. This Stress Management video series is part of a larger series of SEL skill training videos, which will include student-driven and -created work.
The Tyee team has continued to build a comprehensive school counseling program that includes guidance curriculum, individual student services and collaboration with the school community and partners. Other social emotional learning highlights of the team this year include:
- In partnership with Chinook Middle School counselors, Tyee counselors created a Tyee-specific version of Holidays of Hope when the original program was postponed this year. They worked with community partners and faculty to raise thousands of dollars for students who were experiencing homelessness for the holidays.
- In collaboration with Tyee deans and social worker, they have been participating in weekly home visits to students as a re-engagement and support tool.
- Counselors are also taking the lead on many cross-campus teams such as Advisory Lead Team, Equity Team, Grade Level Strengths and Needs, Tyee SLT, Tyee IPT and the Forefront Sucide Prevention team to implement counseling perspectives across the entire school.