I am concerned that this most recent exposure to climate-related disasters combined with education sector silence (or worse) about climate neglect may shake my students’ sense of safety in the world and their optimism about the future. Please help us reframe the context by which students experience these disasters.
To be responsive at SSWN to the comments from our readers, we will be sharing free, brief, accessible assessments for many issues school social workers encounter in their schools. We are starting with 21 assessments for a range of potential intervention targets, such as students’ perceptions of their school experiences, depression, social support, stress, and risky behaviors.
Schools can be places of solutions, strengths, and successes. School- based mental health professionals (school social workers, school counselors, and school psychologists) have numerous ways to harness the solutions that are already happening in their schools. This 2nd Edition of SFBT in Schools offers research and how-to examples for the busy school clinician who are trying to make their schools more solution-focused.
There has never been such a wide variety of choices and applications for mindfulness and mindfulness-based interventions. Keeping these five elements in mind, school clinicians should feel excited about so many options rather than daunted. The increased diversity of applications means more potential for meetings students’ needs and increasing their overall wellness.