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Prioritizing Wellness

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After observing recent challenges due to COVID and rising risk factors in teens, Mater Dei prioritized a partnership with CHOC Children's Mental Health at the start of the 2020-21 school year. We have an ongoing goal of building wellness throughout our MD community. 
 
Working closely with the AP of Student Health and Formation as well as our MD Counseling Department, CHOC Psychology provides support and training in student mental health using evidence-based best practices. 
 
Services Provided (students, parents, faculty and staff)
 
  • Workshops on a variety of topics including stress management, growth mindset, and the importance of sleep. 
  • Resources for faculty and techniques for in-class exercises. 
  • Confidential treatment options with CHOC team for students (with parent permission)
  • Support for campus mental health crises
  • Social emotional curriculum to help students understand and manage emotions, set and achieve goals, and form strong relations.  
 
As this program continues to grow, we welcome feedback from our community. We're here to help! 
School counselors meet with students for every day stressors (relationship issues, test-taking anxiety, etc.). If school counselors believe you need a higher-level of service, they will make a referral to CHOC using the form link below. Students and parents can also use the referral form. 

CHOC is available for assessment of higher-level needs, with short-term therapy or outside referral. The Mater Dei and CHOC teams will screen referral forms to determine the appropriate level of service. You will get a response within 24 hours.

If this is an emergency outside of school hours, please visit your nearest emergency department.


You can also consult the following resource numbers: 

  • Crisis Assessment Team (CAT; parents must make the call): 1-866-830-6011
  • Crisis Youth Crisis Hotline (24 hrs): 1-800-843-5200
  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
  • Suicide Prevention Center (24 hrs): 1-800-784-2433
  • Crisis Text Line: 741741
UNDERSTANDING AND SUPPORTING AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER
Monday, November 22 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm (PST)

A CHOC Pediatric Neuropsychologist will talk with parents about autism spectrum disorder. This presentation will introduce the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, explore the relationship between autism spectrum disorder and the brain, and discuss how to support a child with autism spectrum disorder in the context of the family.
REGISTER HERE
 
HOW TO TALK TO KIDS ABOUT RACE/RACISM
Tuesday, December 7 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm (PST)
A CHOC Child and Adolescent Mental Health expert will focus on teaching parents and educators developmentally appropriate ways to engage their children/students in a dialogue about race and racism. The presentation will review developmental stages that a child/student is in and ways they are able to process and understand race/racism as well as other current sociopolitical events. The presentation will conclude with a review of racial socialization as an effective buffer in moderating the deleterious effects of discrimination.
REGISTER HERE
 
WHY YOUTH RESORT TO SUBSTANCE USE
Wednesday, December 15 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm (PST)
This course is designed to provide an overview of the explorative/addictive process and basic knowledge, attitudes, and skills in working with youth struggling with substance use disorders.
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