Mental Health Support & Training
Educators and policymakers nationwide recognize a growing and immediate need for additional mental health supports for students. Many times, students have behavioral and disciplinary concerns which may be symptoms of deeper issues that CIS Social Workers cannot fully address on their own. These concerns disrupt students’ ability to cope with stress, perform academically in the classroom, attend school regularly, make positive decisions, and resolve conflicts.
For this reason, CIS is implementing a pilot Mental Health Support and Counseling Services for the 2018-19 school year. The goals of the Mental Health Support and Counseling Services are to provide support and treatment of student and family concerns, establish beneficial social-emotional skills, promote positive communication and thought patterns, and assist in improving the student’s academic and behavioral success. These services aim to eliminate the stigma of receiving mental health counseling, reduce the barrier of transportation and limited finances for families, and eliminate missed student instructional time by offering free counseling services directly on the school campus by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) employed by CIS. As demand for this service among local school districts continues to rise, we plan to continue expanding the reach of this service in future years.
Additionally, CIS now offers trainings in both Mental Health First Aid and Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) to school districts as well as the general community. For more information, please contact Kaitlin Tollison, LCSW at firstname.lastname@example.org