Following 13 years as a school counselor with Jersey City Public Schools, CED alumna Sweety Patel is now in her fourth year as the Director of School Counseling Services for Carteret Public Schools in New Jersey.
The history of the counseling profession parallels the history of the counseling program at UNC Greensboro in many ways. Those parallels are perhaps most obvious in the life and legacy of Dr. Nicholas A. Vacc, former faculty member (1979-2002) and department chair (1986-1996), and one of the driving forces in the professionalization of the counseling field.
The Round Rock Independent School District, just north of Austin, Texas, serves about 45,000 students and is where Dr. Amy Grosso, a 2008 Ph.D. graduate of UNC Greensboro’s Department of Counseling and Educational Development (CED), has helped to implement what may be the future of the relationship between schools and the police.
Trauma-based care is a topic that has become ubiquitous within the mental health community in response to the many stressors people endure today – the pandemic and myriad other inflictions – isolation, fear, poverty, health problems, crime, accidents, and abuse.
With mental health issues on the rise, it is important for counselors and teachers to enter the school with a trauma-informed lens. Trauma impacts so many individuals, including students, teachers, parents and legal guardians, and other school personnel. A trauma-informed approach helps teachers and school personnel consider how trauma impacts learning and behaviors of the children and adolescents in their classroom.