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Practitioner Interview with School Counselor John Martin

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Jessica Grigely

on 18 April 2018

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Practitioner Interview with School Counselor John Martin
Current Experience
16th year as a school counselor at ELHS!
meets with 300 students
plans and organizes testing
collaborates on scheduling
assists in college application process
Personal Issues
Be real and authentic
Build strong trusting relationships
FFF - family, friends, and faith
It's 2018 - be real & be accepting
Meet John Martin!
Training/Internship
Interned at Wilbraham MS, Suffield HS, and ELHS
Held information sessions with aid and supervision for students
AIC supervisor
ELHS school counselor supervisor
Issues Facing School Counselors
Crazy Workload!!!
Theoretical Orientation
GET TO KNOW THE KIDS!!!
build their trust with rapport and a strong foundational relationship!
Prominent issues?
All sorts of teenage issues - abusive relationships, family issues, addiction, suicide, college and career readiness, anxiety. The types of things that are still around today and not focused on enough in schools
Educator of over 20 years
School counselor for 16 years at East Longmeadow High School
My counselor & the reason I'm here
Undergrad at Springfield College
Masters at AIC
Hampden County point-person for suicide prevention & addiction
It's for the kids
Lack of Resources
Mental Health Stigmas
Not Enough Mental Health Facilities
adlerian, miracle questioning, reality therapy, etc.
"We're all human and we all make mistakes, but knowing our kids inside and out keeps us doing the best we can"
Professional Organizations
ASCA
MSCA
Specializes in suicide prevention
Doesn't attend many workshops
Networks constantly - within coworkers and outside of school
State of the Field
Benefits
Life lasting relationships with students
Making a difference to one kid is worth it all
Limitations
Broken system
Not enough mental health facilities (especially for adolescents)
Mental health stigmas
Wise Words from John Martin
The first year is going to suck. You are going to face issues that you aren't ready for. Things that you never dreamed of experiencing. Things that will haunt you for days, weeks, and months. You're going to bring home issues with you that keep you up at night. On top of that, you have to figure out how to organize your schedule with students, meetings, paperwork, testing, parents, and it gets to be a lot. It can be extremely overwhelming, which is why you need to focus on your own self-care. If you don't take care of yourself, you won't be able to take care of your students. But the best part of it all is what comes after your first year. Stick through that first year and make those real connections. You'll see the impact that you've had on these kids' lives and you'll know you're exactly where you' are meant to be.
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