- Elizabeth Hooper, MA, MS
- Armando Romero, MS, BHT
During the recent pandemic, counselors, like all educators, faced the challenge of engaging students working online and in safe-space or “hybrid” learning areas. This scenario often manifested failing grades, lack of motivation, and other mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, and isolation. To increase academic participation and overall student wellness, counselors found new ways to build trust and rapport online instead of in person. Students shared motivational and how-to videos with classmates. Counselors conducted virtual family fun nights, incorporated music into counseling sessions, and integrated therapy dog school visits into the counseling program. Cooperation and perseverance amongst counseling colleagues and all school staff were crucial ingredients for student growth and success.