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     The middle school years deal with a stage of  adolescence when individuals learn to be socially responsible for themselves and their actions.  During their middle school years adolescents experience physical, emotional, and social changes.


    Our counseling services also recognize and acknowledge the influence of cultural differences in a diverse community.   


    FOR STUDENTS - Click here if you need help and are looking for resources. If it is an emergency, call 9-1-1.

    Crisis Resources

     SMS Counseling Staff are available by email or by phone during school hours on most days. Please do not wait if you feel that you have an emergency or that someone, including you or your child, may be in danger of getting hurt, hurting themselves, or hurting someone else. Instead, refer to the following information to get help:

     If you have an emergency, please call or text 9-1-1.

    If you have a psychiatric emergency, please call Psychiatric Emergency Screening Services at (908) 526-4100.

    If you are between 12 and 18 years old and need a counselor at any time, call or text the 2nd Floor Youth Helpline at 888-222-2228 or go to their website at www.2ndfloor.org

    If your family is in crisis as a result of any or all of the following: juvenile-family conflicts, a serious threat to the well-being and physical safety of a juvenile, runaway behavior, youth involved in human trafficking, or youth who are truant from school, call the Family Crisis Intervention Unit at 908-704-6330 during business hours or 908-526-4100 at any other time.

     If you suspect that there is a possibility that a child is being abused or neglected, please call (877) NJ ABUSE. Remember, in NJ, EVERYONE is considered a mandatory reporter. #BRIDGETHEGAP

     If you or your child need mental and/ or behavioral health support, call NJ PerformCare at 1-877-652-7624.

    If you or someone you know needs help, see the NJ DCF list of hotlinesThese resources are confidential and anonymous. 

     For more information regarding these resources and other ways to access counseling support for children and adults, please check our Resources page.


    Counseling Corner & Other Previous Newsletters 


    COVID-19 Specific Resources

    Click here for links and fact sheets specific to help support your children through the current Coronavirus outbreak. The information presented reflects age-appropriate and practical resources for parents and some resources that can be shared with school-aged children and adolescents. 

    NJ DCF COVID-19 resources can be accessed here and the NJ DCF Information Hub for questions regarding all aspects of COVID-19, including how to access financial assistance and answers can be found here.


    Other Resources


    Upcoming Workshops and Events

    Thank you to everyone who attended the first Parent Series Workshop of the 2020-21 school year, "Handbook for HIB: A Parents' Guide to the NJ Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights." A video of the workshop will be available on the district website soon. Please continue checking the weekly district updates for more information about future sessions and topics.
    Thank you to everyone who attended the workshop entitled "Suicide: Statistics, Warning Signs, and Prevention," hosted by the Non-traditional School Mental Health Professionals from Somerville School District. Here are some resources that were provided: Suicide Prevention Resource for Parents, Suicide Prevention Resource en Espanol, Parent Resources for a Child in Crisis.
     Supporting Youth Following Community/
    Mass Violence and Threats, Acts of Terror, and Natural Disasters
    Youth can be negatively affected by violence and traumatic events in both our communities and other communities. With media and internet exposure, our students may be much more aware of events in other communities and even across the world. Unfortunately, there have been a number of recent negative events that may have an impact on our students. Please visit the Resources page of the Counseling Services website to access materials that may support your response to your student and help them cope with community trauma, tragedy, terrorism, threats and acts of violence. There are also resources available on this page for coping with a natural disaster.  
     2020-2021 Counseling Groups
    Fall Groups will not be running at this time. A Spring group schedule and format is anticipated to be developed within the next few months. If you would like to recommend a group for the future or request that your student be included in a group, please contact Dr. Ellie Sroczynski at (908) 243-1527. Please check the Counseling Groups page for group descriptions and updates. 

    Parent Resources from Previous Workshops

    These resources include presentations and handouts related to Stress Management, Organization, Study Skills, Cyberbullying and Internet Safety, and Adolescent Development.

    Laugh Along with Robert Videos: http://www.robertrivest.com/laughteryoga/laughalongpractice/

    Robert Rivest Stress Relief, Mindfulness & Tai-Chi Videos: http://www.robertrivest.com/video/mindfulnessvideos/

     If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Ellie Sroczynski at    hsroczynski@somervilleschools.org or (908) 243-1527.