Counseling

Welcome to Joseph Charter School’s Counseling Page!


We have three counseling and student support staff members at our school:


Carrise Murray, QMHP, provides one-on-one mental health counseling as well as crisis response services. She works at Joseph Charter School as part of a collaboration with Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness (WVCFW). More information on WVCFW’s school counseling program can be found below.


Grace Covill-Grennan teaches our school’s classroom-wide social-emotional learning (SEL) curriculum, Second Step, to grades K-6, as well as SEL small-group lessons. More information about Second Step can be found below.


Kendall Hayes provides academic and guidance counseling focused on success in school and career/college readiness.

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Online School Counseling Referral Form


Do you or your student need support from one of our school counseling staff members? Parents and families as well as students can refer or self-refer for a follow-up from a counseling staff member on needs for academic, mental health, or social-emotional skills support.



Online School Counseling Referral Form


Please note that school counseling is not therapy. While accessing mental health counseling at school can be a great step, community members are encouraged to access a therapist or crisis intervention specialist outside of Joseph Charter School’s counseling program for serious safety, trauma, or mental health issues that require more intensive, longer term support and treatment. A list of community resources can be found at the bottom of this page.

Social-Emotional Learning: Lending Library of Children's Books


We are so excited and proud to offer a free lending library of children’s books on topics related to social and emotional wellness to our JCS parents and family members! Our catalog of materials is organized by topic. Within topics, materials are listed alphabetically by title. The listings are updated regularly to reflect which resources are currently checked out.


First, please complete the contact info form so we know how to contact you when your materials are ready to pick up:


CONTACT INFORMATION FORM


Second, please select up to 5 titles you would like to check out from the topics below. After submitting your check-out request, you will receive confirmation when your materials are ready for pick-up through the contact information you provide in the contact information form.


Materials can be checked out for two weeks at a time, and can be renewed once if there are no holds placed on them. Total maximum check out length for materials is one month at a time. To renew, simply return to this page, locate the material(s) to be renewed, and select "Renew." Checked out materials will be labeled as "Checked out" with the date they are due to be returned. You can still request checked out materials by selecting "Place hold," and you will be contacted once they become available again (within 2 weeks).


Pick up and return of materials can be done at Joseph Charter School in the front office, or out in front of the school in the drop off circle, Monday-Thursday 7:30am-4:30pm. If those days and times don't work for you, please indicate when you would be able to pick up or return materials at the bottom of the check-out form. Masks are required when entering the school, and materials cannot be picked up or returned by individuals who have a cough or flu-like symptoms, or who have tested positive for COVID-19. Enjoy! Tell your friends!


Children’s Books by Topic:


ANXIETY AND WORRIES


BULLYING


DEPRESSION


DIVORCE, FOSTER CARE


FEELINGS


FRIENDSHIP AND SOCIAL SKILLS


GRIEF AND LOSS


MINDSET, ATTENTION


NEW SIBLING


TRAUMA


PERSONAL SAFETY


Do you have an idea for a book or topic you'd like to see in our lending library? Let us know!

Email Grace at grace.covill-grennan@staff.josephcharter.org

Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness: School Counseling Program


Through Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness (WVCFW), Joseph Charter School is able to have a professional mental health counselor, Carrise Murray, QMHP, on site three days per week.


From WVCFW’s website: “[School] Counselors provide brief individual counseling, skill training and psychoeducation. They spend much of their time meeting with students and assessing the students’ needs so they can thrive in and out of school. Many times they engage students in additional school and community services so students and families can meet their goals and thrive. They also work with teachers, other school staff and community partners tied to the schools. Many times they provide training, support, and resources to the schools and their staff. The counselors give classroom presentations on various health topics throughout the year as well. If a crisis occurs, counselors step up and are available to schools to help them navigate the situation and heal.”


To view the WVCFW School Counseling Program’s full description, please visit: https://www.wvcenterforwellness.org/index.php/services/19-services/youth-services/75-school-counseling. Please also see policy and school counseling information documents below:


Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness School Counseling Program Policy

Final School Informed Consent


Second Step


We are proud to teach Second Step, an evidence-based social-emotional learning (SEL) curriculum, to grades K-6 in weekly 30 minute lessons. This program is taught in partnership with Wallowa County Juvenile Dept. prevention staff. The curriculum covers empathy and compassion, conflict resolution, skills for being an effective learner in school, working with others, forming healthy friendships, coping with strong emotions, bullying prevention, responsible decision making, personal safety, and abuse prevention.


From Second Step’s website: “Socially-emotionally competent students have more positive attitudes toward themselves and others, show more positive social behaviors in school, and have fewer conduct problems (1). This results in greater school connectedness (2), which helps keep students safe and out of trouble.”


1. Durlak, J. A., Weissberg, R. P., Dymnicki, A. B., Taylor, R. D., & Schellinger, D. B. (2011). The impact of enhancing students’ social and emotional learning: A meta-analysis of school-based universal interventions. Child Development, 82(1), 405–432.

2. Wilson, D. (2004). The interface of school climate and school connectedness and relationships with aggression and victimization. Journal of School Health, 74(7), 293–299.


For more information on the research and evidence basis for Second Step’s effectiveness, you can visit their website: https://www.secondstep.org/research



Community Mental Health and Wellness Resources


Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness

Main office: (541) 426-4524

Hotline: (541) 398-1175

Website: https://www.wvcenterforwellness.org/

Services offered include:

  • Substance Use Disorder Recovery

  • Counseling for all ages and individuals and families

  • Crisis Intervention

  • School Counseling

  • Employment Services

  • Developmental Disabilities

  • Pain Management

  • Problem Gambling treatment

  • Tele-health

  • Residential Living

  • Assertive Community Treatment

  • Early Intervention



Safe Harbors

Main office: (541) 426-4004

24 hour Helpline: (541) 426-6565

Teen Talk Line: (541) 398-1425

LGBTQ Youth program: (541) 263-8785

Website: https://www.wcsafeharbors.com/

Youth advocate: Paige, (541) 426-4004, ex/3

Wide variety of programs serving survivors of sexual and domestic violence.



Building Healthy Families

Main office: (541) 426-9411

Website: http://oregonbhf.org/

Services offered Include:

  • Alternative Education

  • Early Head Start

  • Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children

  • Stewards of Children (child sexual abuse prevention and response training for adults)

  • Parent-Child Education programming

  • Mentoring and Positive Youth Development programming

  • Harvest Share food bank

  • Personal hygiene bank

  • Diaper bank

  • Sliding scale car seats