CURRENT ISSUE: Grief and Loss
Dear OLG community,
As a community, we have been saddened by the loss of an OLG parent last weekend. She was an integral part of this community, volunteering her time as a parent and coach to our school and will be missed by many. As many of us struggle to come to terms with this loss, I have prepared a list of resources about grief and supporting others who are grieving in the hopes that they will provide some guidance during these difficult times. Please also know that I am only a phone call or email away if there’s anything I can do to support you or your loved ones as you process this news. I am here and will gladly help, however it is needed. –Ms. Kristin
Grief and Loss Resources
The Dougy Center – The National Center for Grieving Children and Families that provides a wealth of resources about grief and loss
Tips for Helping a Grieving Friend – From the Dougy Center
Tips for Grieving Teens – Also from the Dougy Center
Developmental Responses to Grief – Typical responses by developmental level to grief, along with ways to help children at each level
Safe Crossings – A Seattle-based organization associated with Providence Hospital that provides grief and loss counseling, support groups, and online resources.
Eluna Network – A comprehensive list of grief resources, including grieving death from an addiction
Our House – Lists of grief resources by developmental levels
Judi’s House Grief Activities for Home – List of activities kids and teens can do to work through their grieving at home
Meet Our School Counselor
I am thrilled to be at OLG as the school counselor! I have worked both as a teacher and school counselor for many years in various places, both in the U.S. and abroad. I received my master’s degree in counseling from the University of Vermont, and then I worked as an elementary counselor for several years, both in Vermont and Washington. I also had an opportunity to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines, and I taught a pre-k class in Casablanca, Morocco at George Washington Academy.
Overview of the School Counseling Program
As your school counselor, my responsibilities include direct and indirect services for all students in our school. These are outlined by the American School Counselor Association, of which I am a member. Direct services include whole-class social-emotional learning (SEL) instruction, small counseling groups, and individual short-term counseling to help all students achieve their academic and career goals. Indirect services include consultation and collaboration with teachers and parents/guardians to help students succeed in school, as well as connecting families with outside services, when needed. School counselors do not provide therapy for students, but we are prepared to recognize and respond to mental health needs, providing referrals for outside therapy when that would be helpful. Read further to find out more information about these services.
I will be spending a large portion of my time in classrooms, teaching social-emotional learning (SEL) to all students to give them a variety of social skills they need to succeed. You can find more information about OLG’s SEL program, as well as see what students are currently learning about, by going to the Social-Emotional Learning page.
Student Counseling Request Form – For students to use who would like to request a meeting to see Ms. Kristin
Parent/Caregiver Counseling Request Form – For parents/caregivers to use to request their child to see Ms. Kristin or would like to request a meeting for support
Individual counseling can be provided for students, as needed, on a short-term basis. Students who are needing longer-term, more intensive counseling support will be referred to community providers.
Small Group Counseling
Throughout the school year, I will provide small group counseling for a wide variety of topics, including friendship, social skills, emotion regulation, divorce/separation, and relaxation/anxiety management. If there is a particular type of group you would like your child to participate in, please contact me.
If you would like assistance with finding a community-based counselor, please contact me for a referral. I keep an extensive referral list that I would be happy to share with you and may be able to make specific recommendations, based on your need and situation.
Families who are going through difficulties or would like extra support can meet with me to get help for a wide variety of needs. If you are going financial stress, I can provide suggestions for community resources. If you are experiencing parent-child conflict, I can help with mediation and conflict resolution. If there are other stressors, please don’t hesitate to ask for support. I would be happy to help.
I look forward to partnering with you to support your children and help them be successful at school. Please contact me Monday-Friday if you have questions or concerns.
Ms. Kristin Dickerson, M.S.
(206) 935-0651 Ex.114