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Creek Valley Elementary

6401 Gleason Road, Edina, MN 55439

Office: 952-848-3200 | Attendance: 952-848-3202

Creek Valley Elementary

Social Worker

Ms. Cathy Hanson
Room 102
952-848-3912 x3211
Cathy.Hanson@edinaschools.org
 

Family Resources

Groups and Curriculum

Individual Counseling for Students

I can work with your child on an individual basis regarding many issues such as anxiety, stress, grief, anger management, school refusal and other issues. Your child and I pick goals they work on and we discuss them each week. The goals are chosen with the help of the parents, gaurdians, myself and their teacher. A typical counseling session usually goes like this:

  • We meet for ½ hour once a week.
  • We talk about the goals they are working on.
  • We review what we talked about last week.
  • One to two times a month we evaluate how things are going with friends, school, and home. (This is usually done on a scale from 1-5. For example, if the student circles a 3, everything is going o.k.) We then set a goal to try and get the number to a 4 or 5.
  • Three times a year I do a self-esteem/self-concept questionnaire. It has seven questions on it.
  • We talk about things they like and don't like and build on strengths.
  • We discuss any issues they have.
  • I build on self-esteem and self-confidence through positive reinforcement.
  • At the end, we play a game.

I am available to meet with you or call or e-mail if you have questions.


Family Change Groups

Family Change Groups are offered as requested by parents or gaurdians. Some children may benefit talking about divorce on an individual basis or in a group with others students. Topics covered include:

  • Why Parents Divorce
  • Feelings About The Divorce
  • What To Do With Your Feelings
  • Negative and Positive Things About Divorce
  • Living Arrangements
  • What To Do When You Miss The Other Parent
  • How To Help Yourself

Curriculum for Family Change Groups

  • Understanding divorce, what does it mean
  • Why parents divorce
  • What about you? What are your feelings?
  • After the divorce
  • Living arrangements
  • Having two homes
  • Telling your friends
  • How to help yourself

This is the basic curriculum I use and I adapt materials from many resources such as:

  • The Boys and Girls Book about Divorce - Richard Gardner
  • The Parents Book About Divorce - Richard Gardner
  • Growing Up With Divorce - Neil Kalter
  • Difficult Questions Kids Ask and Are Too Afraid to Ask About Divorce - Meg F. Schneider
  • It's Not Your Fault, Koko Bear: A Read-Together Book for Parents and Young Children During Divorce
  • My Parents Still Love Me Even Though They're Getting Divorced - Lois V. Nightingale
  • How It Feels When Parents Divorce - Jill Krementz
  • Mommy and Daddy are Divorced - Jeannette Franklin Caines
  • Dinosaurs Divorce - Laurene Krasny Brow

Friendship Groups

Have you been wondering about Friendship Groups and the benefits the students may acquire by attending a group once a week?

Here are the following assets that the groups work on during the school year.

  • Build on social skills
  • Opportunity for discussion on a variety of topics
  • Opportunity to share ideas in a small group setting
  • Build on strengths
  • Build on self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Opportunity to learn from others
  • Build on listening skills
  • Build on positive interactions with peers
  • Build on friendships in a positive manner
  • Most of all, have a lot of fun
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