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Posted: Mar 01, 2022| Categories: Uncategorized

VTDigger is well positioned to work with Vermont Care Partners to promote the much needed services of its sixteen respective member agencies which, includes NCSS. They also understand how important it is for our elected officials to know how to support the needs of vulnerable Vermonters.   

This thirteen week series is a collaboration produced by members of the Vermont Care Partners statewide network of sixteen non-profit, community-based agencies providing mental health, substance use and intellectual and developmental disability support.

Below is the eighth installment of the series from Lamoille County Mental Health Services (LCMHS) that focuses on the value that school based clinicians bring to students struggling with behavioral challenges.  

Dragon Breaths, Rainbow Walks and Puppet Shows

How a school based-clinician helps students learn to manage big feelings and cope with Covid

Excerpts from article:

When people ask me what I do for a living I tell them, “I play”.  Actually, I am a licensed clinical mental counselor working for Lamoille County Mental Health Services (LCMHS), one of Vermont’s ten Designated Agencies, as a school-based clinician and part-time therapist serving adults.  

The Covid-19 pandemic also plays a pretty big role in our work right now – and has changed the ways we are able to provide care for our clients and work with our community partners.

A rise in behavioral challenges and mental health needs coupled with staffing shortages are pushing many students and educators to their coping limits. Students, and sometimes the grown-ups, can be dysregulated. 

Many of the students I serve struggle to manage their “Big Feelings” in one form or another which disrupts their learning and, at times, the learning of others.

One of the things I love most about being a school-based clinician is being able to work with students in their “natural environment”.   Read more…  

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