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Counselor's Corner

Briana McCarthy   Meet Briana McCarthy

Ms. Briana McCarthy, our School MFT Associate supporting Tier 1 SEL has many roles at Heather School, including:
  • Providing support to teachers for classroom instructional lessons focused on social and emotional learning. 
  • Teaching lessons on our social and emotional curriculum, Second Step, to students. The curriculum focuses on safety lessons, emotional and self-regulation, feelings, emotions, and problem solving skills. 
  • Supporting students with academic and social conflicts, as well as distance learning adjustments.
  • Consulting with parents, guardians, and teachers to provide support and tools with social and emotional concerns. 
  • Facilitating large and small groups for students including Lunch Bunch groups to promote social and emotional skills. Group topics range from social skill development, self-esteem, emotional regulation, and evolving family dynamics. Parent permission and teacher approval is required for small group participation.
  • Brief individual social and emotional check-ins with students.
  • Coordinating and providing Heather students and families with additional resources for student’s academic, emotional, and social success.  
Parents are welcome to contact Ms. McCarthy by email or through the school office.

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Take a look at this video on 5 keys to social and emotional learning success.

Learn more here about the SCSD Counseling and Mental Health.

Here’s a list of children’s books that support social-emotional learning.