FORT BEND ISD (May 20, 2021) – As summer approaches, Fort Bend ISD continues its Whole Child Health initiative, increasing awareness of the District’s mental health resources and services for students and families and making supports available during the summer.
Individual and family counseling services are available this summer through our District partner, Clearhope Counseling. Clearhope has an office in Sugar Land, offers virtual sessions, and accepts all major insurance including Medicaid and Medicare. Staff include a diverse group of clinical experts- such as licensed LPCs, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT), and Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW).
The District also offers several at-home resources for students and families, and a confidential helpline, TALKINE, which can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Students and parents can text SPEAK to 741741 or call (281) 240-8255 (TALK) to connect with a crisis counselor.
Resources available to use at home include:
One at-home resource suggested by District staff is The 5 Love Languages collection by Dr. Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell that helps to break down communication barriers. Their research explains that there are five main ways people express love and concern: words of affirmation; acts of service; gifts; quality time; and physical touch. Staff encourage parents to learn their language, and their student’s language, to better understand their needs. Visit www.5lovelanguages.com/quizzes for the children and teen quizzes.
FBISD created a set of materials for helping students deal with grief and loss, including an introductory video by Carlete Metoyer, the District’s Assistant Director of School Counseling. The resources include how to talk to students about processing difficult news; feelings, including anxiety, sadness and anger; and how to cope with a death.
Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports is an evidenced-based framework for promoting safety and positive behavior in students, focusing on prevention, not punishment. PBIS focuses on what is motivating students’ behavior, teaching appropriate expectations and using logical consequences.