New Counselor Resource - The Center for the Promotion of Social Emotional Learning
Recently, the Center for Schools and Communities shared with the Capital Area School Counselors and the Lancaster County School Counselors Association information on the services for their newly launched Center for the Promotion of Social Emotional Learning (CPSEL). The Center for the Promotion of Social and Emotional Learning (CPSEL) is a special initiative that provides consulting, coaching and professional development related to Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and character development to practitioners to help bridge the gap between research and practice.
Speaking with the Center for Schools and Communities Director, Shileste Overton Morris, she spoke of the outreach CPSEL has with school counselors and counselor organizations. “We want to help counselors make the case for SEL in all schools. We can support one another’s advocacy efforts - only together, in a collective voice, can we take SEL to a new level. There’s an African Proverb - When spider webs unite they can tie up a lion.””
“We hope to continue to be a resource to school counselors, through our professional development opportunities and other resources and information we share,” said Amy Moritz, former school counselor and now Coordinator for the Center for Promotion of Social Emotional Learning.
“I like that they’re helping educators speak to the whole child, and meet the need of every kid,” commented Lancaster County School Counselors Association President, Jason Davis.
The professional development includes: face-to-face classes, both large and small group; virtual class; train-the-trainer opportunities; and the exclusive certification in Social-Emotional Learning and Character Development.
CSPEL also provides consultation and coaching, including: needs assessment; program selection; program, system or tool development; planning; implementation; data analysis and evaluation services.
Social Emotional Learning is at the foundation of education. All learning is interpersonal and occurs best in the context of caring relationships. So, SEL isn’t just a counseling function. Several hundred well-designed studies have documented that well-planned and well-implemented SEL programming can positively affect a broad range of student social, health, behavioral and academic outcomes. A schoolwide focus on SEL means that ALL adults are invested in the social, emotional and academic development of students. And when we all share this responsibility, we are much more likely to succeed.
Counselors can get more information about the Center for the Promotion of Social Emotional Learning and its services by contacting Amy Moritz, Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, or going to their website: https://solutions.center-school.org/