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Counseling the Whole Child: Systemic Approaches to Student Support during COVID is a Course

Counseling the Whole Child: Systemic Approaches to Student Support during COVID

Ended Oct 17, 2020

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Full course description

After overwhelming popular demand, the Boston College Center for Optimized Student Support is thrilled to announce a September offering of the course described below.


This continuing education module has been designed for school counselors or adjustment counselors in elementary schools (K-5 or K-8) who are seeking the benefits of a systemic approach to supporting students and families in the context of COVID.

School counselors are core to comprehensive student support in schools. Their critical role takes on new importance in the context of COVID. This continuing education module addresses key questions: How can schools efficiently review the strengths and needs of all students at the start of the school year? Who should collaborate on these reviews? What are practical ways to act on information about student and family needs? What tools can facilitate connections to the right supports?

This continuing education module will provide opportunities for school counselors to:

  • Identify and apply tools and techniques for holistic review of all students’ strengths and needs
  • Create a plan for carrying out a holistic review and connecting students to needed supports

School counselors and student support staff will identify and apply practical tools and techniques for holistic review of all students in the transition from summer to a COVID context of school re-entry. They will create plans to work with teachers to develop approaches to connecting all students and their families with needed supports based on their individual strengths and needs.

Course Dates and Format:

Self-paced continuing education online module (asynchronous) available for 3 weeks between September 28th - October 16th, 2020. All participants will receive the option to join a 1 hour synchronous Zoom session. Zoom sessions will be offered on the following dates. Participants will be asked to register for one of the two virtual sessions: 

  • October 15th from 3:00-4:00pm
  • October 16th from 12:00-1:00pm

All participants are encouraged to attend the Zoom session which will provide a collaborative learning environment for practitioners to connect with each other and deepen their understanding of the module content.

Certification of Completion:

Participants will receive 4 PDPs for the online module with an optional 5th PDP through participation in the Zoom session. For this module, participants can choose from one of two virtual session times to receive the 5th credit hour. 

Fee and Policies:

All instructional materials will be provided upon registration. Participants registered in the State of Massachusetts will receive a certificate of participation and professional development points (PDPs).

Course registration closes September 25th. Registration for each course entails a self-guided online learning component found on your Canvas page, as well as an invitation to a one hour synchronous Zoom session. In order to receive full credit for the course, the online module must be completed and you must attend the Zoom session that corresponds to your course. In addition to the online learning module and Zoom session attendance, you must also complete the quiz offered at the end of the learning module as well as the feedback survey provided by the Boston College Lynch School of Education’s Office of Professional and Continuing Education.

Certificates of completion and PDP Certificates will be sent to you after you have completed the preceding requirements, and will be sent approximately 3-4 weeks following the closure of the course on October 16th.

We are thankful for the generous support of local foundations who recognize the importance of supporting teachers and counselors in their work with students during this challenging time.

Related programs: Counseling the Whole Child: Supporting Students During COVID


Course Instructors:

photo of Mary Walsh

Dr. Mary Walsh

Executive Director, City Connects, Center for Optimized Student Support,
Professor and Daniel E. Kearns Chair,
Counseling, Developmental & Educational Psychology,
Boston College

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Dr. Rebecca Lebowitz
Senior Manager for Learning and Development, City Connects, Center for Optimized Student Support, Boston College.
Educator with over 10 years of experience.