13 Nardin TodayFall 2022 Jessica Neilans ‘07 School Psychologist M.S., C.A.S. in School Psychology, Niagara University B.A. in Psychology, Canisius College A child’s learning extends beyond the classroom and is often impacted by their social emotional health. It is my job as the school psychologist to help address the social emotional and academic barriers a child may face when sitting at a desk in a classroom. As a result, I work closely with students, families, and teachers to determine how best to support a child’s learning. A student may see the school psychologist for individual and/or small group counseling to assist with a variety of needs including: paying attention in class, time management, anxiety, stress, or anger, forming healthy relationships, problem-solving, and coping strategies. In addition to working individually with students, I play a key role in making sure our programs across the Academy are considering a students' social-emotional needs. This may include offering a mental wellness class at various levels, offering professional development on current trends in youth mental illness, or providing family programming on how to identify the warning signs of depression. Kristen Blandford K-8 School Counselor M.S.Ed. in School Counseling, St. Bonaventure University B.A. in Psychology, Niagara University As a school counselor, I teach students the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary for academic, career, and social-emotional development. I also collaborate with teachers and families on early identification and intervention of the academic and social emotional needs of the students. Being a school counselor allows me to recognize and respond to student mental health needs and to assist students and families seeking resources. School counselors offer support in areas including: • Individual and group counseling • Communication and conflict resolution • Decision-making skills • Peer relationships • Navigating challenges • Fostering self-awareness, acceptance, and diversity • Teaching time management and organizational skills • Crisis intervention • Educating staff, families, and students on symptoms of and help for mental health problems • Ensuring access to mental health supports