Education is a staple of any society. At Arbor, we have an enormous amount of respect for the work of our primary, secondary, and university level schools in the Omaha area. The teachers, staff, administrators are among the best in the country. Because schools work so hard to educate the next generation of people, we at Arbor think it never hurts to have a friend. Arbor acts as a supportive friend and partner to schools through our customized Student Assistance Programs. Schools in the Omaha area have identified our student assistance services as an important part of the solution when faced with issues of stress, conflict, death, trauma, layoffs, new policy, and more.
Benefits for Students:
Dealing with Issues:
Students and their families deal with a variety of issues on a daily basis. School counselors, teachers, and parents are among the most important adults in a child’s life. Sometimes, when a child or teenager is dealing with a specific issue, it helps to have someone outside of the school that he/she can talk to, someone who can serve as an “unbiased party” in the eyes of a child. At Arbor, our team of professionals is seasoned at helping children and teenagers deal with pressures and issues that arise.
The Soaring Cost of Student Anxiety/Depression:
The soaring cost of stress is visible to all. Stories about tragic accidents where alcohol/drug use is involved to violence in the schools headline national news. A study done in 1996 suggested “up to 2.5 percent of children and up to 8.3 percent of adolescents in the U.S. suffer from depression” (Birmaher, Ryan, & Williamson,1996). Student stress and anxiety are not only accepted as important, but a continual concern for educators and parents. The good news is that studies also show that psychotherapy and treatment can help students beat the symptoms and gain control of their lives.
Benefits for Teachers, Staff, and Administrators:
Our staff is here to help share the responsibility of dealing with difficult issues. Our work allows schools to spend more time on teaching and learning, and less on the following issues:
- Illness Due to Mental Health
- Time Lost Due to Difficulty Focusing
- Administrative Time Spent on Discipline
In addition, Arbor’s counselors have a high priority for teachers, staff, and administrators. Among staff, we help with the following types of issues:
- Increasing Productivity
- Retaining Teachers
- Strengthening Morale
- Providing Solutions to Stress
- Providing Professional Counseling Services
Contact Maureen O’Donnell, our Student Assistance Program Specialist to find out more about how Arbor can help your school!
402-330-0960 or Maureen@arborfamilycounseling.com
Resource: Birmaher B, Ryan ND, Williamson DE, et al. Childhood and adolescent depression: a review of the past 10 years. Part I. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 1996; 35(11): 1427-39.