Beth Burke, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Mental Health Services
Our district currently provides individual and group counseling services, free of charge, to students K-12th grade to address school-based issues. These services are provided by Marriage and Family or Social Work Associates and Trainees, under my direct clinical supervision, on the school campus and during school hours. Referrals are made through each school’s SST (student study team). School-based counseling averages between 6 weeks and 6 months and can occur individually or in a group setting to address concerns such as stress, anxiety, depression, social relationships, etc. To request support, please submit a Help form here, I can also be reached at 805-640-4343 x1858 or email@example.com.
Beth Burke, LCSW
Mental Health Clinician/Clinical Supervisor
RESOURCES AND REFERRALS
Care Solace: 24/7 Help finding mental health related programs and counseling services
We know these times have been extremely difficult for many, and we may have wellness needs that go beyond our current resources. In order to provide additional support, we have partnered with Care Solace to provide no-cost mental health care coordination. This will provide you and your family members with easier access to mental health or substance abuse services. If you need any mental health services, you can contact Care Solace and they will connect you to a provider and even schedule an appointment for you, usually within 72 hours. This service is available for you and your family members, in addition to our students and their families. Click here to learn more and to register with Care Solace. Click here for a video overview of how Care Solace works.
Students and their families and staff and their families may access Care Solace services in three ways:
Visit this custom Ojai Unified School District link at http://caresolace.com/ojaiusd
Call (888) 515-0595 to speak with someone from the concierge team
Email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Answer ten easy questions to receive an extensive list of referrals to care providers. Care Solace takes into account all types of private insurance including Medi-Cal, Medicaid, and Medicare and those that have no insurance. The platform also filters by age, gender, zip code and special request.
24/7 Emotional Support for Parents, Children and Youth
The California Parent & Youth Helpline and Parents Anonymous® Inc. recently launched the California Parent & Youth Helpline and Online Parents Anonymous® Support Groups in response to the Coronavirus to provide free trauma-informed, evidenced-based emotional support to Parents, Children and Youth in any language via calls, text, live chat and email. The California Parents & Youth Helpline operates 7 days a week from 8:00AM-8:00PM. Parents can Join a Weekly Online Support Group NOW through the website: caparentyouthhelpline.org. In this confidential setting, Parents address their underlying emotions and build resiliency to strengthen their family.
ACES and Self Care
The conversation around children’s mental health needs has been growing for years. There have been great advancements in neuropsychological research and neuroimaging that have improved our understanding of how our experiences affect brain chemistry and development. We now understand that exposure to chronic environmental stressors (poverty, community violence, familial disruption and instability) and the effects of traumatic incidents, also known as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), can alter a child’s brain development, hindering their ability to learn and their development of self-regulation and other important social skills.
"I'm so stressed out!" Brochure from National Institute for Mental Health
Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-877-727-4747
Suicide Prevention Text Line: Text CONNECT or HOME to 741741 for free, 24/7 crisis support in the US.
Ventura County Crisis Team 1-866-998-2243
California Department of Health Care Services, Suicide Prevention Program
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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