St. Catherine School        
8524 8th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115
206.525.0581

School Counseling

Meet Mr. Ward

Hello, families of St. Catherine’s!

My name is Kevin Ward, and I am your student’s school counselor. After spending the past three years in Chicago, where I received my MEd from DePaul University, I am back home in the PNW. Before moving to Chicago, I attended Gonzaga University, (Go Zags), and then volunteered for a year in the Boston Public Schools through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. I am a big believer in Catholic education and the value of mental healthcare, social/emotional learning, and strong community.

What is the role of a school counselor?

I am grateful for the opportunity to be here full-time as St. Catherine’s school counselor. Through this opportunity, I am able to offer a comprehensive school counseling program to all students at St. Catherine’s. This program will be driven by student data and include a multitude of interventions regarding the student’s development in three domains: social/emotional, academic, and college/career. Students will see me in the classroom teaching lessons that fall into these three domains, leading small groups, and meeting with students on an individual basis when needed, (as well as on the playground most days!). I have an open door policy for any student who needs a quiet space to vent, work out conflict, reflect, or simply take some time for themselves.

Mental health is something we all need to care for. Even when we feel our best, it is important to exercise our brain and care for our well-being. Teaching students the value of this at a young age is highly beneficial. Please feel free to contact me with anything regarding your students’ mental and emotional health within the context of their academic success and social/emotional development. My office is located straight through the door to the main office.

Email: kward@stcatherineschool.net

Social/Emotional Developmental Stages in Children

Gaining a healthy appreciation for the patterns of social/emotional development of children influences the way we teach, support, and inspire our students and/or children. The mysteries of childhood are endless and beautiful, but still have the ability to leave us frustrated and anxious if we suspect something is awry. More so, we know that each child will develop at his or her own pace. However, It is still important to understand the basic developmental stages of children before we let our worries get the best of us. By watching for these developmental stages, we can change the way we speak, act, and listen to children so that they may thrive to the best of their abilities. 

Below, I have attached social/emotional developmental stages, compiled by counselors at St. Anne's and St. Joe's Schools in Seattle. They are excellent resources to lean on as educators and parents. But remember, these are simply guides and snapshots of development, not answers for everything in your child's life. 

"Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believer in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity." 

1 Timothy 4:12

Confidentiality

Students are invited to speak openly and honestly in my office space. I tell each student that I will only break confidentiality if they disclose one or more of three things to me:

1) Someone is hurting them. 2) They want to hurt themselves. 3) They want to hurt someone else.  

Click on the link below to view ASCA's position on confidentiality:

Outside Mental Health Referrals

Getting help from an outside counselor is more common than many people think. If you think that your child could benefit from having someone outside of school to talk to, please do not hesitate to contact mental health professionals. It can feel daunting at first, but the gifts that come from it are worth pursuing. Below, I have complied a list of outside resources for counseling and evaluations to help you get started. 

Mental Health Resources

Building Resilience in your kids:

https://www.heysigmund.com/building-resilience-children/

4 Keys to Mental Well-Being:

https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/the_four_keys_to_well_being

Transitioning to High School:

http://www.parenttoolkit.com/grade-levels/high-school

Recognizing warning signs of mental illness:

https://www.nami.org/find-support/nami-programs/nami-ending-the-silence

Suicide Prevention Links:

http://www.intheforefront.org/king-county/

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IF YOU REQUIRE IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE AT ANY TIME THE FOLLOWING NUMBERS ARE AVAILABLE RESOURCES:

Emergency Services: 9-1-1                            

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Crisis Text Line: text "TWT" to 741741

United Way: 2-1-1  

OTHER RESOURCES FOR SUPPORT:

RAINN (sexual assault) 800-656-4673 (HOPE) Chat option at rainn.org

1in6 male sexual violence survivor resource (sexual assault): https://1in6.org/  Online Support Groups

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