My students need therapy supplies, including art supplies and sand tray activities to help them process trauma. The books and workbooks are for me to assist my students.
As a professional counselor in my school, a typical day involves assisting a student who is homeless and needing food for breakfast, a student who has experienced severe trauma and needs to work through anger and/or sadness, or a student who has severe anxiety or depression.
My students all live in the neighborhood around my school in South St.
Louis City. The students are from a low-socioeconomic area and often do not even leave the neighborhood if the metro bus cannot transport them. These students are wonderful children, full of bright ideas and dreams for their future but also struggle with a lot of trauma that often keeps them from achieving to their fullest potential. Many of my students are homeless, have a parent in prison, have lost a parent or family member to violence and have experienced one or more forms of abuse. They respond so well to therapy and I am grateful to be in the school to provide them services.
In my counseling room, my students will be able to use play therapy to express, describe and process deep rooted trauma which children often struggle talking about. Using a sand tray, a child can re-create a situation that may be too painful to talk about or that they may have disassociated themselves with. I can analyze what they create and help them to begin processing what they are struggling with. The therapy games will help me with small group work for students who experience anger, trouble with social skills or even grief and bereavement.
The books and resource materials will assist me in honing my skills as a therapist and be able to reach many more students at my school. With these materials the students will learn to process their trauma and learn coping skills to not let it negatively impact their learning environments and their lives.
These donations will change my students lives by giving them hope and a chance for a positive future.
The area in which my students live, offers very little outside resources for children who need counseling services. In addition, often the family does not have the money or transportation to provide the help their child needs. By being able to offer trauma-related counseling services here at school, free of charge, it will give them the counseling that they desperately need.
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