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Cliff's Corner - 1/11/18

posted Jan 19, 2018, 3:56 PM by Admin at Winterhaven

Counselor’s Corner – Hello again,

In K-5 counseling we continue to prepare for No-Name Calling Week; January 15-20.  We will be looking at names and spending lots of time trying to differentiate between kind, harmless teasing and hurtful teasing. We are spending a lot of time looking at impact vs. intent and context vs. words.  

A counselor from Grant was here last week helping our kids headed their way.  Students who were there should have brought home their forecasting sheets for you to go over and sign with them.  I need those back this Friday (likely tomorrow for you).  Franklin will be here in February and Cleveland sometime as well.  I’ll be pulling the other public schools in and doing the forecasting with them, starting with Roosevelt this week.  

If you are applying to private high schools, please get the recommendation forms to us as soon as possible.  We get a lot of them and it takes a considerable amount of time that staff would like to plan for.  

Another article on teenage mental health from the Oregonian this week.  http://www.oregonlive.com/education/index.ssf/2017/12/oregon_teens_struggle_with_men.html

 

Oregon teens struggle with mental health more than ever ...

www.oregonlive.com

Compared with 2015 and particularly 2013, more eighth- and 11th- graders reported they have unmet mental health needs on the biennial Oregon Healthy Teens ...

It always is one thing to read about national trends, but it is another to see it playing out among us.  Please take the time to practice mindfulness, art and exercise with your students.  These are the best three things we can do for our kids for both anxiety and depression.  If they are showing signs of more intense mental health related issues, please talk to your insurance provider or me about further counseling help.  

For this week’s question, I’m remembering a book I once read called “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down” where Hmong immigrants viewed epileptic seizures as someone communicating with the divine where the US doctors had their Western medical opinions.  We used to diagnose slaves who repeatedly ran away as being mentally ill (!).  Other diagnoses have come and slipped away over the years as well, after they were found to target minorities, women, etc.  

Which brings us to the question: What are our stereotypes of mental illness and how do race and culture play into them?  

Have a good week!

Cliff Shaw

cshaw1@pps.net

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