Family School Liaison Counsellor
Family School Liaison Counsellor
Family Liaison Counsellor - Sahia Hayes-Sparks
Hello! My name is Sahia Hayes-Sparks and I am the Family School Liaison Counsellor at Heritage Christian Academy for the 2020/2021 school year. As a Registered Social Worker with a Masters in Clinical Social Work Practice, I look forward to serving HCA families as we transition back to school this year.
FSLCs provide counselling support to students and families and when appropriate, we also direct families to outside services. In many cases, we provide support and information through consultation and may make referrals to agencies such as; Mental Health, psychological services, medical clinics, and social services. In addition to counselling, we offer classroom presentations on various topics aimed at supporting student’s mental, emotional, social and behavioural wellness so that they may achieve their optimal potential in all areas.
Some of the areas in which we support students and their families include:
- Family Relationships: separation/divorce, blended families, sibling conflict, grief & loss
- Social Relationships: peer pressure, social skills, bullying, friendship
- Emotional concerns: anxiety, stress, anger management, depression, self esteem, substance abuse, emotional/physical/sexual abuse, suicidal thoughts
- Spiritual concerns: moral choices, questions about God or the Bible, feelings of guilt or shame, struggling with forgiveness
How Services are Accessed...
Counselling is accessed on a referral basis. Teachers, principals, and parents may refer students about whom they have concerns, and parents must give their permission for services to commence, at which point an intake appointment will be scheduled. At times, a student may seek out counselling personally, in which case, we are able to meet with a child once before a referral by a parent or teacher is given and an intake appointment and parental consent is provided.
Click here for a referral form.
Student & Parent Resources
Anxiety BC: www.anxietybc.com
What to do when you worry too much: https://dentonllc.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/what-to-do-when-you-worry-too-much-a-kids-guide-to-overcoming-anxiety.pdf
Apps For Anxiety: http://www.adam.mb.ca/blog/apps-for-anxiety
Progressive Muscle Relaxation Exercises - You Tube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaTDNYjk-Gw
Automatic Thoughts - YouTube Wellcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2zRA5zCA6M
FREE EDUCATION SESSIONS/WORKSHOPS
Family & Community Resource Centre: http://fcrc.albertahealthservices.ca/ces.php
Strengthening peer relationships: http://www.snipsf.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Inclusion-Tool-Kit-Part-6_Lets-Play_-Activities-That-Strengthen-Peer-Relationships.pdf
MENTAL HEALTH ARTICLES
Stigma and Discrimination: http://ontario.cmha.ca/mental-health/mental-health-conditions/stigma-and-discrimination/
Study: Impact of unaddressed mental health issues on students is severe: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/09/19/study-impact-of-unaddressed-mental-health-issues-on-students-is-severe/
Dr. Ross Green's Collaborative Problem Solving Approach: http://www.livesinthebalance.org/
Focus on the Family: www.focusonthefamily.ca
Special Time: A time for connecting with your child: http://www.kathyeugster.com/articles/article001.htm
How to talk so kids will listen & listen so kids will talk: http://www.mountvernon.k12.ia.us/uploads/2/6/5/2/26525259/how-to-talk-so-kids-will-listen.pdf
5 tips for a positive relationship with your teen: http://www.familyshare.com/parenting/5-tips-for-a-positive-relationship-with-your-teen