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Mental Health & Social Emotional Learning

Communities In Schools of Southwest Virginia

Mental Health & Social Emotional Learning

At Communities In Schools of Southwest Virginia, we see potential in every student and we are committed to helping them see it too.  Our model of integrated student supports allows us to create a network of support around at-risk students and work hand-in-hand with their schools, family and communities to create access to resources and opportunities that help them overcome life’s barriers and reach their full potential. 

 

Mental Health and Social-Emotional Learning are key elements to the success of all students.  Mental health includes emotional, psychological, and social well-being and continuously changes from positive to negative. Poor mental health can affect learning and behavior in school.  Social-Emotional Learning is the process through which we acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize and manage one’s emotions, develop positive/supportive relationships, make good/responsible decisions, and engage with people in a positive and healthy manner. These skills support emotional and social aspects of mental health, specifically how students feel and act.   

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Mental Health Supports

Communities in Schools can:

  • Triage care and connect students dealing with acute issues to professional mental health providers
  • Connect students and parents to resources
  • Provide supports that strengthen coping skills, improve well-being and complement mental health treatment
  • Align attendance, behavior and academic goals with mental health needs and treatment
  • Monitor progress with interventions; integrate into other aspects of case management
  • Serve as a liaison between providers, school and family
  • Co-develop school-wide plans for response and supports
  • Promote and apply trauma-informed principles
  • Assist in staff training on trauma-informed learning

Social-Emotional Learning Supports

Communities in Schools can:

  • Help students learn skills that promise social-emotional development.  For example, how to manage emotions, achieve goals, establish and maintain relationships
  • Align Social-Emotional Learning  interventions with established goals for attendance, behavior and academics
  • Conduct wellness “check-ins” to reinforce self-awareness and encourage communication
  • Develop and reinforce whole-school approach that embeds Social-Emotional Learning programming into school climate
  • Broker positive relationships with mentors, volunteers, and other community representatives
  • Coordinate support groups and other small-group programming
  • Assist in staff training on trauma-informed learning