Highschool can be a very stressful time for any adolescent. It is at the peak of their developmental journey to becoming independent, and can be very hard for families to cope with all of the various changes. Every student, will experience ups and down in mood related to social pressures, academic stress, family concerns etc. We ALL have Mental Health. But, 1 in 5 adolescents will experience a mental health crisis sometime during their high school career. Early intervention, early support and being open about any mental health difficulties is essential to supporting our children through this tumultuous time.
Here at Christ the King, we support the whole child. Jesus did not only look at someone’s accomplishments, but He loved them and supported them no matter who they were or what they’d done. Although our main purpose in education is to support a student’s academics, we are also available to provide guidance and help for those who are struggling emotionally, socially and mentally.
School Social Worker
The Christ the King Catholic school community is pleased to offer the services of a School Social Worker. All HCDSB Social workers are registered members of the College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. Our school social worker is Ms. Jacqueline Davis.
The School Social Worker will help students manage any mental health issues which may affect their healthy functioning at school.
Ms. Davis is at the school full time and may offer services such as advocacy, assessment, attendance counseling, classroom interventions, crisis intervention, consultation, and individual, family and group counseling. Ms. Davis’s office can be found adjacent to the Student Services Department
To access School Social Work services, please do not hesitate to contact the school administration or our school social worker directly at 905.702.8838
Child Youth Counsellor
We are pleased to offer the services of our Child and Youth Counsellor, Ms. Rose James. Child Youth Counsellors collaborate with and assist teachers, administrators and other professionals in delivering programs and interventions that support all students’ overall health and well being. To access Child and Youth Counselling services, please do not hesitate to contact the school administration.
Here are some other staff members who, together, form the front line to helping your child find the help they need.
- Classroom teachers (Have SafeTALK training, and provide in class support)
- Guidance Counselor (Works with all of a students teachers to provide support)
- Student Success Teacher (Works with select grade 9 and 10 students and their classroom teachers)
- School Chaplaincy Leader (works with students on individual and group needs)
- School Administration (Coordinates with all staff to provide support for the student)
Some helpful websites and articles:
- Grief Counselling and Bereavement (Bereaved Families of Ontario)
- Professionals – Who can Help?
- Steps to Better Sleep
- When is more than Teen Angst
- Useful Apps, TED Talks and Websites
- Where to Go for Counselling