People say “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.” We (school social workers) disagree, we make them thirsty.
K-12 Comprehensive Toolkit for Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention:
Columbia Suicide Risk Assessment / Suicide Severity Rating Scale, Strengths, Risk Factors, Precipitants. From Harvard, ask about access to firearms regardless of means.
Suicide Prevention: Tips for Parents and Educators, NASP
Suicide Prevention: Tips for Parents and Educators, NASP (Spanish)
Postvention Toolkit for School Administrators, Counselors, and School Social Workers
For more information: James Wogan, MFT, LCSW
Presentation to Parents, Community Advisory Council (CAC), Nov 2, 2021
At the Symposium for CA School Administrators (ACSA 2017), we led a workshop that described the similarities and differences between school counseling, school social work, and school psychology. We described the traditional role of each position, then gave examples of how school districts have used each position in innovative ways, with emphasis on equity and collaboration across role groups.
Each role is rewarding in it’s own way. Here’s a link to ACSA Symposium Conference Workshop. Please note CTC regs regarding PPSC authorizations have since been updated.
You’re the star of your own show. Improv is about speaking truth in the moment, that’s funny.
Normalize racial dialogue. Lead with empathy. Be healthy so we can respond authentically. Growth happens outside of comfort zones.
James Wogan, LCSW, featured speaker (main stage), ACSA Symposium Conference 2021.
Educational leadership. Association California School Administrators (ACSA).
Good news, life goes in circles and we learn something each time around.
“We shall arrive at the place we started and know the place for the first time.”
– T.S. Eliot
“In a real sense all life is inter-related. We are in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. … this is the inter-related structure of reality.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail
Sometimes nature, sometimes music 🎶, sometimes with friends, sometimes alone.
Image says it all
Developed by high school students for high school students, facilitated by Wogan
Tiny home village for homeless youth in Oakland / Berkeley. Way to go @YouthSpiritArts Sally and team at #YSA. Thank you for making community better and for giving young people a chance to give back.
From Masai tribe: (Kenya 🇰🇪 Tanzania 🇹🇿)
“Kasserian Ingera,” one would always say to another. It means, “How are the children?” It is still the traditional greeting among the Masai, acknowledging the high value that the Masai place on their children’s well-being, and community.
From Restorative Justice (RJ) Restorative Practices training.
When I first heard Dan Harris, he was on podcast with Sam Harris and I thought, “he stole my idea. “ I have used percentages and scale of 1-10 as a therapist since I lived in Tokyo, Japan. I said “8 % happier… “What percent is on you? (ownership question). “On a scale of 1-10, how angry are you?” and things like that for years.
Here was Dan Harris, the f’n host of Good Morning America Weekend Edition (fcol), using the title “10% Happier.” Oh hell no, he’s taking my idea. No wait, we haven’t met…. or had we? (suspicious face hmmmmm)?. I started going over a list of my famous friends (that was quick), the famous people I’ve seen as a therapist (that was quicker), then the parties at the US Embassy, Canadian Consulate, and other high falootin’ places I’ve been over the years. Nope. Nada. We never met. So I concluded, “great minds think alike.” Oh wait, except, the approaches I use in therapy I’ve mostly learned from children and teenagers in schools, patients at Kaiser, rehab, and from my private practice, and um, they don’t actually include meditation. Go figure.
とにかく izureni shitemo (in any case), check out this video by Dan Harris, learn how to meditate in 5 minutes.