Counseling Corner Newsletter 11/16/20

Camas Ridge Counseling Corner

November 16-20, 2020

In this edition:

  • Dealing with Grief (loss of activity, connect, traditional life offerings)
  • Breathing Prompts & Exercises
  • Parent Nights and Groups
  • Counseling Center offerings
  • 4j and Community Resources (food, technology, childcare, energy assistance, rent assistance)
  • Office hours & contact information
  • Prior newsletters

Grief: Loss of activity, family tradition, and normalcy

Many people are experiencing grief right now. Grief does not only occur in response to death. Grief is the mourning over what is lost. For many of us and our youth right now, grief exists over loss of regular activities, less interaction with peers and family members, letting go of some family traditions, loss of being in a school building and at recess, and loss of the sense of normal.Grief is a normal process. It’s harder to work through grief when we are less aware that it is occurring. It’s easier to recognize grief when connected with death.

It is helpful to be aware that we and our children are all experiencing grief, recognize the signs, and build in coping strategies and self-care to address and build our resilience.

The 5 common stages of grief are fluid and do not occur in predictable order. Children may repeat the same stage over and over and may entirely skip other stages. Children also have difficulty clearly identifying what they are feeling, experience most emotions physically, and may feel more confused without being able to process the separate feelings.

First Stage: Denial-characterized by avoidance, confusion, shock, or fear

Second Stage: Anger-characterized by frustration and anxiety. They may also have feelings of abandonment by teachers and friends and feel loss of security and control in their lives. Sometimes this may come out as clinginess, bed-wetting, thumb-sucking, and tantrums.

Third Stage: Bargaining-trying to make deal to go back to normal (extra hand-washing, pleading)

Fourth Stage: Depression-feelings of helplessness, avoidance of regular activities, withdrawal. For children, may also look like quick changes in mood and physical symptoms like headaches, stomach aches, and exhaustion.

Final Stage: Acceptance-readjustment and come to terms with new situation; understand temporary and can go back to prior joys in future.

Breathing Exercises/Prompts

click on picture to access breathing prompts shared with your student(s) this week

PARENT EVENTS

Parent Groups

The south region counselors would like to invite you to 2 parent groups/events:

1) Behavior Management Parenting Group

  • run by UO Child and Family Center
  • Wednesday evenings 6:30-7:30pm
  • First event Wednesday Nov. 11 6:30-7:30 pm
  • Zoom link: Parent Group Night (zoom link) (Meeting ID: 912 0842 5682; Passcode: Parents)

2) Timely Topic Tuesdays

  • run by elementary counselors on varying topic specific to times.
  • Second Tuesday of month 6:00-7:00pm
  • First event Tuesday, Nov. 10 6:00-7:00 at Timely Topic Tuesdays (zoom link) (Meeting ID: 914 4889 6490; Passcode: 496274)

See this flyer for more information on these and additional Parent Nights and support opportunities in the community: Parent Groups and Events Flyer

Counseling Center Services and Offerings

4j and Community Resources

Click on picture below to be linked to listing of resources for food, technology, and child-care

Energy Assistance Stability Coronavirus Relief Program

The Energy Assistance Stability Coronavirus Relief Program (EASCR) is a federal program that provides financial assistance to low-income households for home heating and energy bills.

To apply, call Catholic Community Services at 541-345-3642 and leave a message. This funding is separate from LIHEAP and does not require waiting until 1st of month.

For more information, see: https://www.lanecounty.org/cms/one.aspx?pageId=16810052

Need Help or Connection to Resources?

If your family is in need of any additional resource, whether it is food, clothing, school supplies, parenting supports, mental health supports or something else, please do not hesitate to reach out.

We will always do what we can to help!

Use this Google Form to request support: https://forms.gle/W5VzfcyBtMWKhwdYA

Contact & Scheduling Information

Click this link to schedule an appointment for you or your student:https://www.meetingbird.com/l/JaimeHock/counselorchat

Office hours (by appointment or drop-in):

  • Mondays 1:30-2:30
  • Monday evenings 5:00-6:00 (by appointment)
  • Fridays 1:30-2:30

Prior Newsletters: