Mr. Harris' Blog

Welcome... I hope this blog can be useful, particularly to parents and the community, as another way to stay connected to what's going on around McNair. Find out more about McNair school counseling by clicking around the blog or reading my program brochure. Students can use my "Mr. Harris Please Help" form to let me know they need to chat. Please browse around and contact me (aharris@hazelwoodschools.org/314-953-4708) if you just cannot find what you're looking for! It's my pleasure to serve McNair and the community.

Child just needs more help?

Here are a couple options for therapy at no charge:
- Family Solutions for Kids offers a great variety of services to meet the needs of children and their families including therapy and psychiatric services (brochure).
- Community Psychological Service (at UMSL) offers therapy for children & families for a variety of concerns. Psychological evaluation is also offered.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Helping Children Cope with Divorce

We all know how prevalent divorce is these days.   As an elementary counselor, I've seen how difficult it can be for young children to adjust to the change in the family.  While children are resilient, they frequently hold misconceptions about why the divorce happened (sometimes feeling they were to blame) and what will happen to them.  This feeling of insecurity during major family change can manifest itself in internalizing (depression/anxiety) or externalizing (acting out) behaviors.  Parents and caregivers can help children stay more healthy during divorce by knowing what to say to the children.  Purdue University published a document I like called, "Helping Children Cope with Divorce".  Also, the local agency Kids in the Middle has good resources for how to help children through this change.