The Counselor is in!
While schools are closed, I will be keeping virtual office hours Monday-Friday. I will be available from 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Please email me with your questions and concerns or call me at 803-646-1858.
Articles: How to Talk to Your Children about Coronavirus
Book: The Yucky Bug by Julia Cook
YouTube of video of the book being read by the author: Click Here
Social-Emotional Learning Websites & Activities
Brain Pop Parents can create a free account. Includes hundreds of videos and activities on topics such as understanding emotions, empathy & respect, mental health, perseverence, etc.
Local Mental Health information during school closure: Updated Information March 20, 2020
Aiken Barnwell Mental Health (ABMH) and Aurora are both open. ABMH is able to conduct sessions over the phone. Effective Friday, March 20, all locations of Aiken-Barnwell Mental Health Center changed operations to help keep patients, staff, and our community healthy and prevent further spread of the COVID-19 virus. If you have a routine (scheduled) appointment, a member of our staff will call you to discuss options for your current needs- either by phone or possibly secure video- so that you will not need to come in person. Staff will explain how telephone and telehealth visits work. If you have an appointment by phone or telehealth, your information will be secure and private, just as with an in-person visit. We will remain open for emergencies, and to provide scheduled injections. If you are not sure when your next appointment is or have general questions, PLEASE CALL AND TALK TO STAFF, DO NOT COME TO THE CENTER.Our Assessment Mobile Crisis/CCRI Team staff will continue to respond to crises in the community. To reach your local team, call 1-833-364-2274. These are precautions to help limit patient and staff exposure to the Coronavirus in our community. We must all do our part to keep our families, friends and neighbors safe and healthy. Please note, our North Augusta clinic is not open at this time. We will be seeing all Aiken County residents at our Main Office, 1135 Gregg Hwy, Aiken, SC. We have established a triage area in the back of our main office where our RNs will screen patients prior to being seen by a clinician. As noted above, we’re attempting to do the majority of our services via telephone and telehealth. This includes services provided by the clinicians, nurses and psychiatrists. Patients receiving injectable meds will be seen on site at both our Aiken and Barnwell offices. We are accepting new patients. We ask that they call us and a trained mental health professional will assess via phone.
The main office number is 803-641-7700. Also, the National Disaster Distress Hotline 24/7/365 is operating and providing crisis counseling and emotional support. Calls (1-800-985-5990; press "2" for Spanish) and texts (text TalkWithUs to 66746) are answered by trained counselors from a network of independently-operated crisis centers located across the U.S.
Elementary School Counseling Model
Our school counseling program implements strategies and activities that support and maximize each student's academic, career, and personal/social development. To learn more, click on the link below to view the guide for our state's school counseling program, prekindergarten through grade twelve. Our state model aligns with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Standards for Students.