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Would your child benefit from counseling? image Would your child benefit from counseling?
Is your child having difficulty with emotional outbursts?  Is your child struggling with communicating emotions?  Does your child tell you that they "don't know how they feel?"   Does your child struggle with describing emotions to you?  Does your son/daughter 'lash out' with anger or rage with no known reason?  Do you often think or say "I don't know what to do anymore?" or "I'm at a loss."  

Your child may benefit from working with a mental health counselor.
Mental health counseling is designed to be a skill-based process where people (children or adults) are able to process and understand their Emotions, Thoughts, and Behaviors.  Counselors (also referred to as clinicians or therapists) assist children (and/or parents) to increase communication skills, learn and practice ways to problem-solve, learn how to effectively discipline at home, and better understand whether issues are similar to other children at the same developmental level, or if there are mental health concerns.

We know from decades of research that "Counseling Works, People Get Better."

The Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City Schools partners with both private practice and community mental health agencies in effort to assist families with determining if counseling could help students and families.

With parent permission, a student can talk and work with a mental health counselor for approximately 2-3 times, the counselor will discuss over the phone or meet with parents face-to-face, observe the child in the classroom setting (if needed), meet with teachers to discuss any concerns in the classroom (if needed), and then talk with parents to discuss whether short-term counseling would benefit a child.
The mental health counselor also works with teachers to provide recommendations on ways to support the child in school and the classroom as well.
This 'consultation' service is provided free of charge.

If interested, please call or email Mr. Smith to discuss how to get this process started.
 
Student Services: Social Work
My name is Andrew Smith, and I am the school social worker for the Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City Schools.  Prior to working in the Office of Student Services, I was a 7th grade science teacher at Sheffield Middle School.   I have dedicated my entire educational career of 17 years to the Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City Schools.

I graduated from Conneaut High School and received my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education with a minor in science from Bowling Green State University.   I continued my education at Cleveland State University where I earned my Master of Social Work degree in Clinical Social Work.  In effort to be licensed as a school social worker by the Ohio Department of Education, I attended Case Western Reserve University to complete the school social work licensure track.  I worked in a school unit at Lorain County Children Services from 2004-2011 and worked at a group private practice in Avon Lake from 2011-2014.  I sit on the executive boards for the Lorain County Prevention Connection and the Lorain County Board of Mental Health.

My goal as a school social worker is to help make our children the most academically successful, well rounded students.  My goal is to advocate and support students and families who are in need, support responsible and healthy decision-making, reduce risky behavior, and work with students to help them excel in all aspects of their school experience.  I serve as the clinical resource for the administration and guidance counselors.

I look forward to working with you.  Please feel free to contact me should you believe your child may need additional counseling, educational, emotional, or behavioral support.
 
Student Drug Testing Policy
Please see the policy (located on the right side of this webpage in the downloads section) adopted by the Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City Schools Board of Education regarding random student drug testing.  The program is designed as a prevention program in effort to combat the increase of addiction across society.  The policy was adopted September 28, 2015 with implementation beginning November 1, 2015.

 
LCADA (Lorain County Alcohol & Drug Abuse Services)

Lorain County Alcohol & Drug Abuse Services (LCADA): 2016-17

Information from our LCADA Education Specialist Assigned to Brookside:

Monique Guerrero is a Prevention Specialist who specializes in providing information and education to youth and communities. She has completed an Associates of Arts Degree and Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant Certificate program at Lorain County Community College as well as a Bachelor’s Degree at Cleveland State University in Psychology as a member of the National Psychology Honors Society.   

The education she provides can range from communication styles and time management to resolving conflicts and substance abuse signs and symptoms. She has worked with kids from 1st grade to 12th grade individually, in small groups, and classrooms. She sees her role as being another positive role model to youth in communities across Lorain County as well as being a source of information for youth and community members alike. As a parent herself, she wants to focus on the needs of the community and is excited to work with Brookside High School and Middle School, as they continue to create environments that foster education, understanding, and growth.

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LCADA offers alcohol & drug abuse education/prevention at Brookside High School and Brookside Middle School through two methods of service:

a. Health classes receive an education program called “Life Skills.” This program is designed to provide factual information regarding involvement in alcohol & other drugs. The program occurs once a week during regular health class time. Information/education, research supported statistics, and activities are used to help educate students on risky choices surrounding alcohol & other drugs.

b. A “Prevention/Education Specialist” is at Brookside High School/Middle School every Wednesday during the school year from 9:30AM-2:00PM. This LCADA specialist works one-on-one with students who may need education or be at-risk for dealing with drug-related issues/situations. The specialist is also able to work with parents who believe that their child may be involved or subject to risky behavior at home or at a friend’s house. This partnership is not clinical in nature, and therefore is not ‘therapy.’ The purpose of this program is to help students head-off any problems they may encounter involving drugs, alcohol, or risky behavior. This program is truly about prevention and education.

For more information on how to connect with the drug prevention specialist, please contact our school social worker, Mr. Smith, or contact your child’s guidance counselor or principal.

 
School Social Worker

Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City Schools
School Social Worker
The role of the school social worker is to assist families in having their son/daughter be the best possible student and have the most academic success. Situations such as academic struggles, emotional concerns, or behavioral issues can cause undue stress on students and their families. Social workers work with families to resolve social, emotional, and behavioral problems. We do this through assessment, consultation with school staff and community providers, through development and implementation of behavior management plans, and providing indirect and direct services.

School social workers help to bridge school, home, and community to help students be as successful as possible.

The school social worker is a team player with the family to be a resource for families who have questions, concerns, or want more information on programs and organizations that can help their child be a stronger student.

School social workers also have a network of counseling, parenting, and home resources that can help families positively strengthen the relationship they have with their children.

For more information, please contact our district school social worker:

Andrew Smith, LISW-S
Phone:  440-949-4213
Email:  asmith@sheffieldschools.org

 
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Sandy Hook Promise
"Be The One" who fights social isolation.

Click on the link to view the video of "Be The One" from the Sandy Hook Promise. Discuss with a child in your life and discuss ways in which you can empower the child to "Be The One" to fight others who are in social isolation.

The Sandy Hook Promise is a non-profit organization from Newtown, CT which focuses on preventing schools from experiencing a devastating school violence tragedy that occurred in their school.
 
How To Help Your Child Make Good Choices

Talk with your teen: It is important to establish and maintain healthy and frequent communication with your child. Work towards breaking down communication barriers, and set up a routine of “mindful talk” to gain more insight into your teen’s life. Talking with your teen is crucial in determining any pre-existing symptoms that may lead to substance abuse, such as depression or anxiety. Talk with your teen about alcohol and drug use specifically, as well as any genetic vulnerabilities he or she may have to addiction due to family history of use.

Get Involved: Young people are much less likely to have mental health and substance use problems when they have positive activities to do and when caring adults are involved in their lives. Explore hobbies and strengths of your teen to increase resiliency, establish coping skills, and to help your child gain outside support systems.

Set Rules: Make clear rules and enforce them with consistency and appropriate disciplinary action. Rules and consequences should be transparent and consistent; this will help reinforce your child’s thought formation around actions and predicting outcomes.
Be a Role Model: Because children like to imitate adults, you can influence your teen greatly by leading. Your actions are more influential than words, so forget the old adage “do what I say, not what I do.”

 
School Social Worker Department
Andrew Smith, LISW-S
Phone:  440-949-4213
Fax:  877-664-4354


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