Welcome to the school counseling page!
Our daily lives and schedule have changed throughout the last couple of weeks. We have all been cooped up in our homes, not being at school and seeing familiar faces, trying to do homework, or hearing about the Covid-19 can be overwhelming at times. If you need to talk, you can reach me on my email. We can also check in on zoom. Just email me to set up an appointment and I will set up a Zoom meeting.
Thank you and stay safe
Below are some tips on how to manage being cooped up in our homes during this time of uncertainty:
- Fresh air - Get fresh air if possible, this may be as simple as opening a window in your home or actually going outdoors. *Please keep current social-distancing recommendations in mind* (A Prescription for Better Health: go alfresco - Harvard Medical School)
- Sunlight gives us natural Vitamin D, even as little as 10-15 minutes a day!
- Movement/Exercise – You will be less inactive, especially for children when they are away from electronics. *Tip - Take a short walk around the block and you’ll not only get Vitamin D from the sunlight (during daylight hours), but you’ll also get MOVING which increases blood circulation.
- Happier mood & improved concentration – *Tip – Enjoy South Dakota's beauty!
- Set goals and visualize it down to the smallest detail
- Make a list of reasons you want to accomplish your goal
- Break the goal down into smaller pieces and set targets/rewards
- Have a strategy and be prepared to change course – BE FLEXIBLE
- Get help if needed
- Pre-determine how you will deal with LACK of motivation (Set-backs/exhaustion) – This is huge when confined to your home with lack of interaction with others)
- Continually check in with your why – Why are you continuing/striving for this goal/task/etc.?
Stress during an infectious disease outbreaks can include:
- Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones
- Changes in sleep or eating patterns
- Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
- Worsening of chronic health problems
- Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
- Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
- Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
- Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
- Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
For Parents - There are many things you can do to support your child:
- Take time to talk with your child or teen about the COVID-19 outbreak. Answer questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way that your child or teen can understand.
- Reassure your child or teen that they are safe. Let them know it is ok if they feel upset. Share with them how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn how to cope from you.
- Limit your family’s exposure to news coverage of the event, including social media. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand.
- Try to keep up with regular routines. If schools are closed, create a schedule for learning activities and relaxing or fun activities.
- Be a role model. Take breaks, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well. Connect with your friends and family members.
4. Routine - *Tips - Schedule your daily activities to include “you” time (self-care) and your news/social media time. Have ‘set’ wake-up and go-to-sleep times. Make “To-Do” lists to keep you on track.
5. Relationships – Stay connected with co-workers, friends, neighbors, and family via email, phone calls, text, letters/cards, and social media avenues.
6. Exercise – Research at Duke University Medical Center demonstrated that aerobic activity (30 minutes–three times a week) may be as effective as antidepressant medications for relieving depression. *Tip - ANY type of movement is beneficial, whether it is done indoors or outdoors. This is certainly better than no movement at all.
7. Mental Boundaries – Make wise choices with what you are filling your mind with – Be careful NOT to overdose on news or social media. *Tip – Practice positive reinforcement: listen to uplifting music, recite positive affirmations, watch comedy or inspiring shows/movies, color, journal, state/write down what you are grateful for, etc.
Wishing you the best…
My name is Anthony Redman, and I am the K-12 School Counselor for the Northwestern School District. I will be providing individual, group and classroom counseling services that support academics, personal/social development, behavioral/emotional development, and career readiness throughout the school year.
A school counselor will provide a comprehensive school counseling program in a safe and supportive environment for all students, as it follows the ASCA (American School Counseling Association) National Standard/Mindsets and Behaviors for students in Emotional/Behavioral. Career, and Academic areas. The Northwestern Area School District Counselor also follows the American Counseling Association (ACA) ethical codes and guidelines.
The school counselor at Northwestern believes:
All students has the right to participate in classroom, group and individual counseling with a Master’s level, certified, professional school counselor.
Each student has the right to achieve success regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, physical/mental/emotional abilities, religion, or socioeconomic status.
The Counselor will also focus on 3 main areas 1) Core Curriculum: which includes lessons on study skills, careers, testing, mental health, and relationships. 2) evaluating skills/abilities, learning styles, career surveys, college search, scholarships, grades, family support, and class schedules. (3) Responsive Services: short term individual sessions, groups, referrals for long term services, crisis-abuse/neglect, interventions, and crisis response teams.
Classroom counseling will be based in the American School Counseling Association’s National Standards (ASCA.) Some of the topics will include: Character Counts, Conflict resolution, career builders, friendships, bullying, social skills/life skills and various other larger group activities and games. Groups will be formed on a needs basis and topics can include (not limited to) divorce/family changes, grief/loss, social skills, and bullying. I will also be available for individual times with students as needed, feel free to drop me a note, email or call for any questions/suggestions or referrals.
During Classroom counseling times, we will do role plays, activity sheets and discussions based on stories. Feel free to ask me about weekly lessons or group sessions that your child has participated in, or of you have any suggestions for a topic you would like me to cover, let me know.
As a counselor, it is my job to keep what is shared with me in my office private unless someone is hurting you, you want to hurt someone, you want to hurt yourself, or you give me permission to share with a trusted adult.
Setting up an Individual Session:
- Come visit me at my office.
- Let your teacher know you need to see me
- Elementary students: talk to your teacher
- email me: firstname.lastname@example.org