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SV expands counseling, adds trauma training

January 11, 2022 Digital Media Exclusive

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CRANBERRY TWP — After the stresses of the last two years of COVID-19 restrictions and the recent deaths by suicide of two teenage students, Seneca Valley School District plans to “ramp up” mental health support for both students and staff.

“With regard to mental health, we're also ramping up, this month, grief groups that we are co-leading between our counseling department and The Caring Place,” said Jeffrey Roberts, the district's director of student services, during Monday night's school board meeting. “Obviously at this time we have students that are grieving, and we want to be able to offer support to them.”

These moves, according to Roberts, are in addition to what the district has offered for years.

“Of course, continuing to offer support in our counseling offices, in our mindfulness rooms, through in-school therapy and also referrals to out-of-school therapy opportunities are all key things that we’re working on right now with mental health,” he said.

Seneca’s move appears to include longer-term focuses as well as those in the present and near future. Roberts said school counselors and psychologists will train teachers on recognizing signs of trauma and how it affects students and learning.

The training was developed by the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments, a U.S. Department of Education program, according to Roberts.

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Alex J. Weidenhof

Alex J. Weidenhof