Counselor/Psychologist Meeting Request
Knowing the importance of social/emotional and mental health well-being for all, as we begin virtual BFS in our remote learning model, we want to communicate how our counselors and psychologists will be available to our community. During this unprecedented time, as we all transition to a new temporary normal, please know that it is completely normal for you and your children to be responding with a myriad of feelings and reactions. We have offered many resources for coping on the BFS COVID-19 and Virtual BFS remote learning hubs. For your reference, many of those articles, resources and tips can be found here.
To reach out to your divisional Psychologist/Counselor:
While Brooklyn Friends is operating in remote learning mode, students as well as parents/guardians can request to speak with the counselor/psychologist assigned to their respective division by submitting a meeting request via the Counselor Meeting Request Google Form. Meetings with the counselor/psychologist will be held via Zoom, which offers both a phone and video conference option. When a meeting request is submitted, the counselor will follow-up via email to send a Zoom meeting invitation to the student or parent requesting the meeting. Students will be able to meet with the counselor/psychologist outside of academic class time.
Important note about availability and urgent concerns: Our counseling department will be available and responsive to student and parent needs during the school day (8am-4pm). We can work with you to plan ahead to schedule virtual meetings at other times if that is what works best for your family; however, we will generally be responding to emails only during school hours. If you have immediate concern about your child’s, your own, and/or another person’s safety, please call 911. Also, NYC Well, Vibrant, and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1 (800) 273-8255 offer 24 hour a day, 7 day a week immediate emotional support.
NY has also set up a Mental Health hotline offering free and confidential emotional support: 1-844-863-9314.
Framework for Student and School Counselor/School Psychologist virtual check-ins:With confidentiality being a staple of the counseling relationship, due to the limitations of confidentiality via a virtual platform, student counseling meetings will be offered as supportive short-term solutions-focused check-ins. If it seems that a student needs mental health support beyond the scope of what a counselor/psychologist can offer via the virtual platform, the counselor will make a referral to an external provider/agency if there is not already one in place. Should a student share a safety concern when checking-in with the counselor/psychologist, the concern will be communicated to the parent/guardian right away. If the parent/guardian is not reachable or the safety concern is assessed to be more immediate and urgent, the counselor/psychologist may need to call 911 or another agency to secure the student’s safety. If your family is staying at an address different from the address you have listed on file with the school, or has an updated preferred parental phone contact, please reach out to your respective division to update that information.
|In addition to the support that our counseling staff is providing, please note these services from other organizations in the New York City Area:
Child Mind Institute is offering a plethora of virtual services, including twice daily FB live chats featuring expert clinicians, remote evaluations and telemedicine, flat-fee phone consultations for challenging behavior, daily parent tips on childmind.org, comprehensive COVID-19 resources for parents. Please visit the Child Mind Institute site for additional information.
Hallways will be holding weekly online parent gatherings on topics ranging from coping with challenges of having to having difficult conversations with kids. Parents can sign-up to join via this link.
Park Slope Parents also continues to be a virtual hub of free support, advice, connection, webinars and recommendations for parents and everyone in Brooklyn and beyond.
As we all navigate the days ahead together and at home with our families, please know that we are a resource to our entire BFS community.
In continued partnership and health,
Jane Davidson, Psy.D. Preschool Developmental Specialist
Kamauru Johnson, Ph.D. Upper School Psychologist
Rachel Maldonado, Psy.D Lower School Psychologist
Yelena Remus, MS, Middle School Counselor