And….. we’re back!

Welcome back to the Educators and Self-Injury Blog! I hope this update finds you and yours safely making your way through this wildly challenging year. It is more important than ever to focus in on mental health and meaningful and effective social-emotional learning (SEL) and effective coping strategies for ourselves and our students. In this “welcome back” blog, I wanted to share a brief training I provided for families in my school district and introduce you to a new collaborator for this website.

Social Emotional Learning for Parents and Families

Lauren Appel, School Counselor and Behavior Specialist

When preparing for a recent presentation (on Zoom of course!) for the San Diego Office of Education, I came across a wonderful article about responding to Non-Suicidal Self Injury in schools by a school counselor from North Carolina. I was so impressed that I reached out to her and she has agreed to become a collaborator on future blog posts! I am so grateful to have met her. Here’s a short bio:

Lauren Appel attended The College of William and Mary where she received her bachelor’s in psychology and the University of Virginia where she received her master’s degree in Counselor Education. She worked three years as a school counselor in an elementary school in Martinsville, Virginia. Lauren currently works as a Behavior Specialist in a school district in Yanceyville. North Carolina.   

I am so excited to begin our collaboration together! Look for an upcoming post authored by Lauren next week.

Until then, take care and stay well!- Dr. Laura Mueller

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