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Dream to Rise: the Evolution from Caterpillar to Butterfly
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Right as Rain
The acronym RAIN is an easy-to-remember tool for practicing mindfulness and compassion using the following four steps:
Recognize what is happening;
Allow the experience to be there, just as it is;
Investigate with interest and care;
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On the eve of #etmooc2
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What type of bird are you?
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Life Long Learning- 308.5 (official) hours of PD since getting my Masters in Counselling Psychology (2007)
I knew I was a life long learner… but reviewing my transcript of all I’ve done (officially) since getting my Masters in 2007 makes me smile. Over 308 hours of post graduate pd Continue reading
Walking Along Side my Graduate
It takes a village to raise our graduate
BCHS Art Trading Cards: Mental Health Awareness Week 2017
Today marked our the final art therapy based project, sponsored by my Spectrum club’s DEHR grant, for the 2016-2017 school year. For information on past projects please check out the following links:
Heart of A Community: BCHS Students Fill Their Hearts
ART THERAPY: We All Wear a Mask
For this final exercise we decided to try an art trading card technique. Art trading cards, are similar to hockey cards, or pokemon cards. The image on the front represents something about a person. The back of the card provides a name and a few details about the person it represents.
Based on our success with past project, we chose to make this a multimedia task with minimal instruction so that our students had plenty of opportunities for personal reflection.
Students were then asked to complete 3 cards.
- To keep
- To trade
- A final card to contribute to the BCHS commemorative collage.
*although we allowed complete freedom for the first two cards we asked the students to base their third card on what it means to be a member of the Bishop Carroll community
With Spotify “tunes for the coffee bar” channel streaming in the background. We provided our students with two hours to work on their projects.
The results were amazing.
We are waiting for the last few cards to come in and then we are planning to mat the cards in a single frame in order to create a legacy piece to remember not only Bishop Carroll’s 45th anniversary, but also the year we were able to collaborate between art and counselling thanks to our amazing DEHR grant.
Thank you ATA.
Thinking Outside of the Box with BCHS Career Speed Dating
Today was Bishop Carroll’s second annual Career Speed Dating Event. An opportunity where we invite Bishop Carroll Alumni, Parents and Students to come together and have a discussion about the many pathways and ways we earn a living in todays society.
This session involved two parts:
- First students were seated in a circle with the adults around the outside facing them. The pair was given 5 minutes to discuss their career and the pathway to get there. Then we had a one minute break for the adult to rotate clockwise to a new seat and a new pairing occurred. We allowed students an opportunity to meet with 10 different adults.
- Second, the adults in the room moved to the edge of the gym to stand under their career labels. Students were then encouraged to go up and speak with anyone who had the specific career that they were interested in.
The reason that both parts were important to the process was that it not only opened the students eyes open to the possibilities but also validated their personal interests.
Based on feedback from our amazing parents, the adults also enjoyed our day.
Creating a Compassionate Community
This past Tuesday we offered our 3rd annual Mental Health Symposium. It was held during the morning and brought over 100 students, staff, and guests together to discuss why mental health is so important, especially during our high school years.
Mental illness is often stigmatized, making individuals who are struggling feel reluctant or embarrassed to share their stories with others. A consistent message that our guests shared with our students was “You are not alone”.
Brett Rothery and members of the Mental Wellness Team.
“Mental Illness is NOT a death sentence” – Claire Hickie U of C Student
Empathy is about sitting with someone and just being
“Love me in the middle of my mess”. – Taunya – psychologist
Students also had opportunities throughout the morning to share their messages of love, hope, and thoughts on the importance of diversity.
One of the activites which our Mental Wellness Committe had asked me to facilitate during our morning together is called Snowballs of Advice, one of the most popular activities from last years symposium
Once again our students have proven that not only do they come into our classrooms with a variety of challenges, beyond simple academics. They have also proven that they are compassionate and can provide their peers with fabulous support and advice.
How do you share the importance of mental health and wellness with others. I look forward to hearing about your ideas.