The Rosati-Kain Academy Wellness & Counseling Program strives to serve students from a whole-person approach with the goal of helping each student and family navigate the personal, social, and emotional experiences that occur throughout the teenage years. Through support, advocacy, collaboration and referral to outside support/resources when indicated, we work to assist students to face life challenges with confidence and a growth mindset.
The scope of services includes:
- Crisis intervention and referrals for immediate concerns and emergencies
- Short-term counseling support
- Collaboration with parents/guardians, teachers and staff regarding student concerns
- Referral to and collaboration with outside agencies/mental health professionals
- Mental health programming focused on relevant topics throughout the year.
- Referrals may be made by teachers, family members, peers or the student.
As counseling is based on a trusting relationship between the wellness counselor and student, information shared by the student will be kept confidential except in certain situations where confidentiality is limited. The circumstances in which wellness counselors (and other school staff) are required to share information with others are as follows:
- The student is presenting information about harming either self or another person
- An issue otherwise related to safety is presented
- There is evidence or disclosure of past/current neglect or abuse (physical, sexual, and/or emotional).
Rosati-Kain Academy implements a unique schedule that allows the wellness program to address many common social-emotional and mental health issues, as well as general safety and life skills. Each grade level has a full period scheduled together each cycle (every 6 days), known as an “activity period.” It is during this time that we are able to bring in or provide programming to address topics tailored to fit the unique developmental needs of students. Some of the topics and goals of the program for each grade level include:
- High School transition skills
- Relationship and communication skills (teachers, classmates)
- Community building
- Mental health/wellness (i.e. suicide prevention, self-esteem, etc.)
- Relationship skills (i.e., building healthy relationships, conflict resolution and communication, etc.).
- Mental health/wellness topics (i.e. media and technology, drug/alcohol and self-harm prevention, etc).
- Safety (including driving safety)
- Leadership and Confidence
- Emerging independence
- Ongoing mental health/wellness topics (including sexual assault awareness, consent/boundaries, drug prevention, etc.)
- Safety (including self-defense)
- College transition and life skills (with emphasis on issues related to college adjustment)
- Ongoing mental health/wellness topics (including self-care, etc.)
Occasionally, we use the hour for a playful activity as a reminder that mental health/wellness should also incorporate some fun/laughter to bring some balance to the challenges of a stellar college-prep education!
Mental Health Resources
Students and families are encouraged to reach out to Student Support Services for any specific needs/resources, but here are a few online mental health resources:
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline: call or text 988
- Crisis Text Line: Text 741741 to immediately be connected with a counselor in a time of crisis. www.crisistextline.org
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) provides awareness, support and education surrounding mental illness. https://www.nami.org/
- PreventEd provides education and intervention re: alcohol/drug abuse https://prevented.org/about/
- RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network) a helpline that will transfer the caller to the nearest rape crisis center 800-656-HOPE www.rainn.org