Our School Counselor, Mr. Best, can be found right in the center of Middle School — available to support all students in the following ways:
- PreK – 5th grade students will receive monthly Social-Emotional Learning classes and Grades 6 – 8 will be invited to participate in optional small groups with parental permission.
- Students may participate in “Weekly Check-In’s” in which Mr. Best pulls students individually in order for them to discuss their concerns, stressors, or achievements! Please submit a Consent of School Counseling Services form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Mr. Best will collaborate with your students’ outside therapist, psychologist, and other mental health professionals in order to ensure that each student’s overall therapeutic needs are met.
- Parents are more than welcomed to schedule meetings with Mr. Best to ask for resources, discuss concerns or gain insight in order to help their child succeed throughout the academic school year.
Please feel free to reach out to Mr. Best if he can be of assistance
See video to learn more!
Mr. Best graduated from Western Kentucky University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Criminology. From there, he went on to complete his Masters at the University of the Cumberlands in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and became board certified as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). Mr. Best loves working with children of all ages and seeing their overall therapeutic and academic growth. Outside of Holy Spirit, he loves spending time with his family and helping clients through his Private Practice.
Forms for Counseling Services:
Recommended Reading for Parents:
How to Keep Your Kids Safe in The Online World?
Parental Controls: Keeping Your Children Safe When Watching TV (cablecompare.com)
Minds in Motion:
Students in grades PreK through 2nd take part in the Minds in Motion maze program. You can watch a video about the maze here: https://youtu.be/cW7rEzBje7o
Kids and Cell Phones:
- Some guidelines for deciding when your child is old enough to have a cell phone: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/cell-phone-parenting/whats-the-right-age-for-parents-to-get-their-kids-a-cell-phone
- Here are some cell phone safety rules to consider before you give your child a cell phone: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/cell-phone-parenting/what-are-the-basic-safety-rules-for-cell-phones
- Your child got their first cell phone recently? Here are some first cell phone rules for responsibility: http://www.ahaparenting.com/ages-stages/tweens/Cell-Phone-Rules-Safe-Responsible-Kids
- Maybe your child already has a phone and you are looking for a way to add a little more structure to the way they use it, you might try a cell-phone contract. Here is a sample one: https://www.verywell.com/a-sample-cell-phone-contract-for-parents-and-tweens-3288540
Social media, cyberbullying and digital safety:
Safety (Internet filters)
Parent & Teacher Guide to the Internet
The importance of social skills:
“Lack of prosocial behavior during early childhood is the single best predictor of mental health problems during adulthood.” – excerpt from “Teaching Parents to Teach Their Children to be Prosocial” by Linda K. Elksnin and Nick Elksnin.
Teaching friendship skills to your children
Divorce and Co-parenting:
Cooperative Parenting and Divorce: Shielding Your Child From Conflict by Susan Blyth Boyan
If you are in need of referrals for mental health services in the community, please don’t hesitate to contact the counseling office.
Articles on a variety of topics that may interest you:
The Secret to Raising Smart Kids (the importance of a growth mindset)
Parenting the Snapchat Generation
7 Things Your Child’s Teacher Wishes You Knew
Tips for Helping Your Child With Organization
Holy Spirit School
322 Cannons Lane
Louisville, KY 40206
502-893-7700 Ext. 415