Helping School Districts Offer Students the Mental Health Services they Need
With one school counselor for every 854 students, California provides fewer educational counseling services than any other state. The typical school counselor in California serves nearly twice the national average number of students and four times the caseload recommended by the American School Counseling Association (250:1). Placer and Sacramento counties have counselor to student ratios that are even higher than the California average, at 1:894 and 1:1108, respectively. This lack of professional mental health services leaves teachers and administrators managing an overwhelming number of emotional and behavioral challenges.
The new Common Core State Standards are already upon us. All students will be asked to engage in learning like never before. At the very same time, districts are creating new Local Control Accountability Plans tasked with the exciting and fundamental prospect of narrowing the “achievement gap” between our most disadvantaged subgroups. Most recognize that the basic needs of under-resourced student populations may finally be met through this new funding formula. However, educational leaders need a strategy when it comes to providing timely and accessible mental health care to ensure nonacademic and social emotional barriers do not undermine learning for our most at-risk student populations.
Wellness Together, with its clear vision of making effective counseling services accessible to every student in California, has responded to the state’s educational counseling crisis by partnering with school districts and local universities to offer high quality, cost-effective clinical counseling services to students at each school campus.
Wellness Together also offers dynamic and informative professional development opportunities for parents and educators. These events teach faculty and staff systematic and practical interventions for students who are struggling with nonacademic barriers to learning.
Thank you for taking the time to read about us. We look forward to partnering with you and your organization to ensure each student is provided with the necessary developmental resources for academic achievement and success. Please call or send an email to set up a consult.