Live From GSE:

Live From GSE, our Student Ambassador, Seth, a student in the Counseling & Personnel Services (School Counseling) program, has suggested several articles from the American School Counselor Association‘s(ASCA) online publication*:

Kids Supporting Kids, by Dr. Kathleen Tillman and Dr. Jonathan Rust, discusses children’s reaction to death and loss and discusses a 10-stage process to help students deal with their feelings of loss and realize that they are not alone: 

“All children react differently to death.  Many times children who are grieving will look fine to outsiders.  They may play with their friends, go to school and attend soccer practice without any difficulties.  However, they may also experience unexplained moodiness, crying or temper tantrum.  Children grieve differently than adults.  However, it is important to remember that children do grieve, and their emotions are real…To help these students, consider conducting a grief and loss group.  A grief and loss group can be broken down into 10 important stages; this model can take anywhere from eight to 15 session.” 

Click here to read the full article.

 Lend a Hand, by Judi Schmitz, gives her personal account of becoming a Red Cross mental health volunteer.  She details her experience completing the requirements to become a disaster mental health volunteer and her first deployment to the southern part of the country in response to a string of natural disasters: 

“In the spring of this year, when the southern part of the country was hit with an unprecedented number of natural disasters, I received an e-mail from my Red Cross chapter looking for volunteers to deploy to the South to help with the aftermath.  I didn’t hesitate.  I responded that I would be interested, although I had no idea if my school district would give me a temporary release or if I would  have my husband’s support to go.”

To read the entire article and learn more about becoming a Red Cross mental health volunteer click here

Eight Elements of Effective School counselor-Principal Relationships, Dr. Chris Janson, discusses his recent study that examines the distinct perspectives of the school counselor-principal relationship. Janson outlines eight elements of an effective school counselor-principal relationship as trust, mutual value, shared belief in interdependency, awareness of the other’s repertoire, open and reflective communication, purposeful and focused collaboration, collective enterprise, and stretched leadership:

“My interest in examining the school counselor-principal relationship began developing only a few months into my first year as a high school counselor, when one of my highly innovative and effective assist principals named Matt Militello confessed to me, ‘I have never thought a school counselor would know about this stuff or would want to share a lead on it”…The realization that emerged from this experience- that we did not know enough about each other’s roles, training and educational values and that a more substantial partnership between us could have a positive impact on the school- shaped our shared interest in exploring and researching these important professional relationships”.

To  read the full article click here

If you have questions or would like to discuss the articles with Seth, email him at

*You will have to create a free ASCA login to access full articles via the website.*



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