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Social & Emotional Health Coordinator

 

Kim Sellers, MSW, CTS, LISW-S
513.398.8050, ext. 10056
ksellers@kingslocal.net

 

Hello Kings Families!

I am both humbled and honored to step into the role of the Social-Emotional Health Coordinator and to serve the district in meeting the social and emotional needs of our students as part of the #KingsStrong Plan.  I commend the administration and Board of Education for recognizing the need for such a critical role.

Nearly 1 in 5 young people ages 13 to 18 have a current Mental, Emotional or Behavioral Disorder. One-half of all chronic mental illness begins by the age of 14; three-quarters by age 24. In a five year period, rates of severe youth depression have increased. I wish I could say that the mental health of our children is improving, but for a myriad of reasons, that is sadly not the case. Teachers cannot simply just teach their students, as the “invisible backpack” of social and emotional health issues show in our classrooms and buildings each and every day. 

I am very excited about joining the Kings Family and unlocking our full potential as a district to enhance the social and emotional needs of our students! Although this role will include many opportunities, some of the main goals of the role include:

  • Act as point of contact for all mental health services as referred to the district for triage
  • Provide mental health consultation
  • Crisis Intervention (including screening for suicide and Threat Assessment, implement and cultivate the mental health component of the district’s Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) as written in the #KingsStrong plan through the use of data-based problem solving; integrating behavioral instruction and intervention.
  • Liaison between school counseling staff and community service providers/mental health partners throughout the district
  • Assist Directors of Teaching and Learning to coordinate Cultural Competency/Race and Ethnicity Equity as well as Inclusion and Transition Services into the overall curriculum, as well as provide a Community Learning Series to students, staff, and parents
  • Professional Development for staff (Trauma-Informed Schools, Suicide Prevention, etc.)