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CG&FS stresses importance of mental health in school safety plan

4/11/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of Child Guidance & Family Solutions
AKRON — Child Guidance & Family Solutions (CG&FS) recently conducted a school safety planning seminar for educators titled, “Including Mental Health in Your School Safety Plan.” Sally Dean, MSSA, LISW-S, a school-based therapist at CG&FS, made the presentation to principals, superintendents and directors of special education, some of whom are shown above.

Dean said that while schools have an abundance of resources available when constructing a school safety plan, they often miss an important aspect, which is the mental health of the students and staff.

She stressed the importance of reviewing school safety plans regularly and making sure students know where to go for help.

“We were thrilled with the seminar turnout by school personnel and their interest in the topic,” said Stacy Greenamyer, school-based services manager. “This is a critical topic, especially with the recent tragedies, most recently in Newtown, Conn. About 30 school administrators from eight school districts attended, which demonstrates that there is an increasing need and interest in providing mental health services in schools.”

CG&FS has created a menu of school-based services that are available to Summit County schools and surrounding areas. CG&FS clinicians offer on-site mental and emotional health care. Therapists and case managers provide consultation in the classroom, individual therapy, positive skill building and group programs and connect students and schools to resources, according to agency officials.

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