Now enrolling! School-based Supports for Students Impacted by Substance Use
It is estimated that at least as 1 in 8 children live in a family impacted by substance use disorder. The Scituate Public Schools Counseling Department offers a variety of supports for our students to connect with others in a safe and accessible setting, and to learn healthy coping strategies. Please contact the School Counselors indicated below for more information, start dates, and permission slips.
School-based Support Group for Families:
“Loved Ones Raising Loved Ones” Some children in Scituate are being raised by grandparents or family members other than their biological Mom and Dad. These adults and children have unique issues that arise. This school-based support group is designed to address the issues that are common for family members raising other family member’s children and for children being raised by loved ones other than their parents – no matter what the reason. Each month, members meet as a large group for a fun pizza dinner.
Then, the adults and children meet separately with School Counselors (including Paulette Marino, Jen Lopes, Nina Riley, and retired counselor Linda Nathan). Children talk and work in their journals, as well as complete a craft or gym activity designed for the range of ages. This year, the pizza and crafts have been provided from donations by BeWell Studios to the Scituate FACTS Coalition. The Loved Ones group meets during the school year, usually on the last Monday of the month, from 6:00-7:30pm, at Jenkins Elementary School. Children of all ages from all schools participate, including pre-school aged siblings. The group is also open to family situations that are not substance-related. The first meeting will be Monday, October 29, 2018. Future dates to be announced for November, January, February, March, April and May.
Please email Nina Riley at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in learning more about Loved Ones Raising Loves Ones, which is open to all SPS families.
School-based Support Groups for Students:
“Kids of Promise” is a group for students in grades 6 – 12 who have been impacted by a friend or loved one’s substance use.
Scituate Public Schools is pleased to offer Kids of Promise, an in-school support group offered at both Gates and SHS. It is voluntary for students (who are responsible for any missed classwork). During the 8-week course, students will meet with the group once a week. The curriculum focus will be: positive self-esteem building, healthy communication skills, relationship building (parents, siblings, peers, etc.), healthy coping skills and decision making, alcohol and drug use prevention, and helping students identify feelings associated with loved ones who may be suffering from substance use disorder. Gates group will start mid-October. Parent/guardian permission is required to participate.
“Insight” is a group for students in grades 9 – 12 who would benefit from positive decision-making skills. This is a psycho-educational support group for high school students to explore adolescent challenges pertaining to difficult decision-making, self-esteem, stress management, resiliency and goal-setting. This group will be offered during the school day, once a week for approximately eight weeks. Students may miss some academic classes in order to participate in this group (times to be determined). They will be responsible for obtaining and completing any missed school work. This group is a positive addition to a student’s school day, and
past participants have enjoyed the group dynamic. Parent/guardian permission is required to participate.
New! “Project Connect” is a group for students in grades 9 – 12* who use nicotine. This is a psycho-educational support group for high school students that will include open discussion, demonstrations, role-plays, short lecture, audiovisual, and hands-on skill-building activities. Topics include resiliency, social skills, stress management, goal-setting, and decision-making. Students will develop their own personalized plans for success to slow down or stop their use of vapes or cigarettes. The Project Connect group will be offered during the school day, once a week for 7 weeks. Students may miss some academic classes in order to participate in this group (times to be determined). Students will be responsible for obtaining and completing any missed school work. This group is designed to empower adolescents with the tools necessary to make more positive choices. Parent/guardian permission is required to participate. (*Gates is exploring the possiblity of a middle school offering, please contact Ms. Newton or Mr. Beattie for more information.)
Financial support from the Scituate FACTS Coalition and community donations have made these support opportunities possible.
If you have any questions about support for students, please contact the Counseling Department at your school. All school counselors can provide information on additional, community-based resources, including the Gosnold Family Education & Support Group every Sunday at 11:00am at the Scituate Council on Aging; Sunday night AlaTeen Meeting at Glastonbury Abbey in Hingham; and Independence Academy Recovery High School in Brockton.