Social/Emotional Health Resources
Dear ICS Parents,
My name is Cora Goss-Grubbs and I am a Behavioral Health Support Specialist from Youth Eastside Services (YES). This is my first year at ICS and I look forward to partnering with school staff in meeting your students’ behavioral health needs. I have a Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington and I’m training to be a Substance Use Disorder Professional. I have a variety of experience working with adolescents, individually and in groups, in schools and in community settings. I use a collaborative approach, focusing on student strengths and increasing their emotional awareness and capacity for solving life’s many challenges.
Topics addressed include (but are not limited to):
- School-related stress and transition/adjustment issues
- Learning challenges, such as coping with ADHD, etc.
- Relationship difficulties including peer, parent and other family challenges
- Depression and anxiety
- Suicidal thoughts and self-harming behaviors
- Substance use and being affected by others’ substance use
- Behavioral and conduct problems
- Gender Identity
- Abuse and trauma
- Loss and grief
My services are informed by evidence-based practices proven to be effective with adolescents and their families. I rely on Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Trauma-informed therapy. Treatment can be from one session to ongoing therapy over several months. I also strongly believe in prevention, so I offer classroom presentations on issues such as stress management, suicide risk awareness, and substance use prevention. If the need arises I can also lead groups on other topics such as coping with loss/grief and social anxiety. I am available to work with parents, guardians, and other family members in providing parents education and support strategies, assist in resolving conflicts, and help in providing an environment where their child can succeed personally and academically.
Setting up an appointment
I am at ICS on Wednesdays and Thursdays, room 118 in the Student Services Center. To make an appointment, students can either ask their school counselor for a referral, make an appointment with Mrs. Austin in Student Services, or stop by my office and if I’m available, talk directly with me. I also accept referrals from teachers, administrators, and parents.
For students and families who prefer agency-based services, YES also provides one-on-one, family and group counseling in three eastside locations (Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond). For more information go to our website at http://www.youtheastsideservices.org/ or call 425-474-4937.
I am looking forward to being a part of the ICS team, helping to promote the health and well-being of students throughout the school year. Please feel free to contact me by email or phone if you would like additional information.
Cora Goss-Grubbs, LAICSW, SUDPT
Behavioral Health Support Specialist
Youth Eastside Services
(425) 747- 4937 x 2719 at YES
LWSD email: firstname.lastname@example.org
LWSD Phone: 62772 (Call any LWSD school and ask for me at that extension)
Teen Mental Health First Aid Training @ ICS
This year, ICS is teaming with Youth Eastside Services to implement the Teen Mental Health First Aid training program (tMHFA) with our 10th grade students. tMHFA is an in-person training for high school students to learn about mental illnesses, including how to identify and respond to a developing mental health or substance use problem among their peers. Students learn a 5-step action plan to help their friends who may be facing a mental health problem or crisis and highlights the important step of involving a responsible and trusted adult. Our presenters/trainers will be Michelle Brode, a Behavioral Health Support Specialist from Youth Eastside Services, and Morgan Lipe, LWSD Student Services Specialist.
To learn more, check out the Teen Mental Health First Aid presentation on YouTube.
General Health Resources
http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/13-things-mentally-strong-people-dont.html Try out some of these techniques
ReachOut: ReachOut is run by the Inspire USA Foundation, a non-profit organization. Its mission is to help young people lead happier lives. http://www.inspireusafoundation.org/
Washington School-Based Health Alliance: School-based health centers are emerging in Washington State and across the country as an effective way to deliver consistent, high-quality primary health care and mental health services to children and adolescents. http://schoolhealthcare.org/
Frontiers of Innovation is an initiative “committed to driving transformative change for young children whose needs are currently not being met. Adverse experiences can derail children’s healthy development, creative learning, behavior, and health challenges …” http://developingchild.harvard.edu/activities/frontiers_of_innovation/
Suicide Prevention and Resources
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Survivor Outreach Program https://afsp.org/find-support/
https://grievingstudents.org/ Grief resource for parents, school officials, and students
http://www.amightygirl.com/ Resources to empower GIRLS
http://www.additudemag.com/resource-center/school-accommodations.html Strategies and support for ADHD and LD
Creative College Options
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2014/10/29/7-countries-where-americans-can-study-at-universities-in-english-for-free-or-almost-free/ Go to college outside the USA…for free!
Do Good, Be Good: Make a Difference
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CwCvpEMEJU Teaching empathy and caring for others
http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/stargazing/article12496232.html Coolest senior prank ever
http://lrinspire.com/2014/06/19/teen-scientist-harnesses-sun-power-to-help-navajo-community/ Inspirational Science Ideas!
Coping with Anxiety
http://www.buzzfeed.com/ariannarebolini/amazing-apps-for-anyone-living-with-anxiety#.ue5WykgPV 14 Apps for Anyone Living with Anxiety
http://www.schoolcounselingfiles.com/activities-for-anxious-kids.html Get some ideas for taking care of yourself and staying anxiety free.
http://www.childmind.org/en/posts/articles/mood-di... Girls and Anxiety
http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-17106/how-to-change-your-attitude-when-you-cant-change-your-situation.html How to Change Your Attitude When You Can’t Change Your Situation
http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2015/03/06/turned-off-how-teens-respond-to-a-no-tech-challenge/ Tech Time Out-Check out teen reactions to life without technology