Saw this story from Humans of New York and couldn't help but think maybe it was about a school psychologist? And, even if it wasn't, I'm pretty sure it's about some other helping professional in the schools - a school social worker, school counselor, perhaps. As we're plugging around in our roles, sometimes we forget the impact our positivity and connectedness may bring to the lives of students whose presence we interact. Also, it sheds a light on how many educators can help students just by not disregarding their stories and personal narratives and connecting to them, on some level. Here's to all the mental health professionals working in schools...you are appreciated and you are seen.
For many students and staff in K-12 settings, the holiday season is one that, although stressful, can be joyous and a time to look forward to. However, for many of us working in schools, the holiday season can bring extraordinary hardship to families, students and even us, personally. PBS.org has a great article with tips on how school staff, particularly student services staff (counselors, psychologists, social works, etc.) can help buffer this time of year for families:
In addition, this is a great time of year to, as student services staff, check in with yourself and ensure that you're taking care of your own personal needs. Haven't scheduled a doctor/dentist appointment in a while? Do it NOW! Need to get to the gym? GO! Even scheduling something as simple as time with girlfriends can help rejuvenate one's spirit during this time of year.
One of the most important things we can do, as professionals, is acknowledge that there isn't one right way to celebrate this time of year - but, we can make our students' lives better by being present at work (both physically and mentally,) and providing a safe space for them.
Wishing everyone a happy, healthy holiday season!