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    School Counseling at McDonald International

    Our School Counselor, Katie Runions, works with students Kindergarten through Fifth Grade to support the social and emotional growth of our students in classroom, group and 1/1 settings.

    Social-Emotional Curriculum

    Our classroom teachers are regularly teaching and reinforcing emotional and social awareness with our students. Our school has adopted Second Step, a social emotional curriculum that focuses on emotional intelligence, self-regulation and problem solving. Ms. Runions works with teachers to introduce social skills practice to students and to co-facilitate many of the lessons. You can find information about Second Step at www.secondstep.org

    Social-Emotional Small Groups

    Ms. Runions also works with classroom teachers as part of the MTSS process to identify students that will benefit from additional social skills support in a positive and guided setting. In November, Ms. Runions will form groups of students that meet weekly to focus on topics such as friendship, emotion regulation and anxiety. Groups typically run for 8-10 weeks and families will receive a letter and permission form if their student is recommended for a group. Ms. Runions works with teachers and families to monitor growth goals and recommend additional supports, as needed.

    Individual Student Check-Ins

    All students have an opportunity to check with in the school counselor to get support with conflict with peers, uncomfortable emotions, or family stressors outside of school. Students may request to talk with Ms. Runions by filling out a “Let’s Talk” form on the outside of the counseling office door. She will connect with students as soon as she becomes available. Parents and teachers may also reach out to Ms. Runions about specific concerns. While she is unable to provide long-term counseling, she can offer limited problem-solving sessions with a student. Below you’ll find a list of outside agencies and play groups, if you believe your child would benefit from an outside therapist.

    Ms. Runions can also help connect you with resources in our community. Please reach out if you are needing confidential support for any of the following:

    · Community counseling or social supports
    · Transgender and LGBTQ resources
    · Housing, food and finances
    · Family stress or violence
    · Self-harm or suicidal thinking

    Community Resource List

    Please note that this is a resource list and none of the providers are affiliated with or endorsed by SPS.

    Social Skills Groups 

    https://aspiringyouth.net/ https://www.wallysplaygroups.com/ https://gametogrow.org/groups/ http://www.peersplay.com/ https://spotlightsocialskills.com/ https://sparklespotlearning.com/

    NE Seattle Counselors and Psychologists

    Children’s Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Outpatient Clinic
    Sand Point location
    (206)987-2164
    www.seattlechildrens.org
    Accepts Medicaid, Apple
    (Also try Children’s Overlake location, sometimes less wait)

    Ryther Child Institute
    www.ryther.org
    Main: 206.525.5050
    Lake City location
    Accepts Medicaid, Apple

    ABCD
    Multidisciplinary Practice for Child Behavior/Development
    abcdseattle.com
    Northgate location
    206.361.6884

    Seattle Psychology
    206-420-4701
    Wallingford location
    www.seattlepsychology.com

    Sound Mental Health
    Northgate Location
    206-302-1900
    www.smh.org
    Accepts Medicaid, Apple

    Community Psychiatric Clinic
    (206)461-4544 www.cpcwa.org
    Northgate, Lake City and Wallingford locations
    Accepts Apple, Medicaid

    University of Washington Psychotherapy Clinic
    University District location
    Provides mental health services to children, adults and families
    2nd Year PhD Graduate Students
    Affordable Sliding Scale
    206-543-6511
     web.psych.washington.edu/clinic/

    Center for Human Services
    Shoreline location www.chs-nw.org
    (206) 362-7282
    Accepts Apple, Medicaid


    Contact:

    Katie Runions
    144 NE 54th Street
    Seattle, WA 98105

    Phone: 206.252.2908
    Email: kjrunions@seattleschools.org

    Schedule
    Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

    Why might families contact the counselor?

    There are many common challenges that students experience as they make their way through elementary school. Our counseling program aims to assist with these issues and to alleviate the struggle that kids undergo. The following are some reasons families might contact the counselor:

    • Difficulty making friends
    • Academic concerns
    • Family changes (moving, death, divorce, etc.)
    • Home stress
    • Bullying
    • Resources or referrals to community agencies
    • To discuss special needs for your child
    • If you are homeless
    • Crisis
    • Behavior concerns

    Emergency Contacts:

    If you are in need of help and it is after school hours, please use the following resources

    Crisis Line: (206) 461-3222

    Child Protective/Family Reconciliation Services:

    Day: 1-800-609-8764

    Night: 1-800-562-5624

    Other Types of Assistance Such as Food, Shelter, Clothing, and Healthcare:

    Dial: 211 or (206) 461-3200

    Police Department Emergency: Dial 911