Here for our Students
The School Counselor at Brentwood Academy works collaboratively with BA teachers, coaches, and administrators to give emotional and social support to BA students and faculty. In addition, student and parent resources are available for BA families to provide a collective approach for meeting the needs of each whole student.
Adolescents are faced with many challenges on a daily basis. By providing proactive psycho-educational learning, we believe our students will enhance their ability to become resourceful, resilient young men and women when faced with these challenges. The school counselor is available and ready to respond as our students have needs. She is committed and passionate about offering assistance to our BA students and families.
We are excited to introduce Winston, the BA facility dog, to the BA community. After spending the first year of his life training to be a service animal, Winston had a career change and was matched as a facility dog to Brentwood Academy. Since then, he has been trained specifically for the BA students and faculty. Winston has a great skill set, but it is his calming and loving presence that has already been the biggest asset to our school community. Whether he is picking up trash around campus, giving people hugs in the hallways, providing comfort in a counseling session, or showing off his special handshake, he puts a smile on the faces of people who see and interact with him.
Anxiety - What Every Young Person Should Know on Screenagers
Raising Worry-Free Girls: Helping Your Daughter Feel Braver, Stronger, and Smarter in a Anxious World by Sissy Goff
Seen by Will Hutcherson & Chinwé Williams, Ph.D.
Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls by Lisa Damour
Why Smart Kids Worry by Allison Edwards
Grieving the Losses of Coronavirus by Lori Gottlieb in The New York Times
Quaranteenagers: Strategies for Parenting in Close Quarters by Lisa Damour in The New York Times
What Therapists Tell Patients Who Are Anxious About Coronavirus by Kelsey Borresen in Huffpost
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Common Sense Media Resources for Families During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Prevent Child Abuse America: Coronavirus Resources & Tips for Parents, Children & Others
Serving and Accrediting Independent Schools (SAIS) Parent Opportunities
Tennessee Association of Independent Schools (TAIS) - For Talking to Students
Learning Style & Differences
30 Day Blackout by Stacy Jagger
ParentEd is our new video library for parenting resources which can be accessed at any time through your Parent Portal on Veracross by selecting “ParentEd” on the left column of your landing page.
101 Things You Should Should Do Before Your Kids Leave Home by David Bordon & Tom Winters
How Children Raise Parents: The Art of Listening to Your Family by Dan B. Allender
Love No Matter What: When Your Kids Make Decisions You Don't Agree With by Brenda Garrison
Parenting Teens with Love & Logic by Foster Cline & Jim Fay
Phase Guides by Kristen Ivy & Reggie Joiner
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys by Dan Kindlon & Michael Thompson
The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids by Madeline Levine
The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind by Daniel J. Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson
Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys by Stephen James & David Thomas
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Quick Facts on the Risks of E-Cigarettes
Drug Prevention Resources by Candle, Inc.
Drugs Glossary by Candle, Inc.
National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics
National Institute on Drug Abuse: Advancing Addiction Science
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration The SAMHSA website includes a substance abuse hotline (1-800-662-4357).
SAMHSA: Why You Should Talk With Your Child About Alcohol and Other Drugs
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline The NSPL website includes a suicide prevention hotline (1-800-273-8255).
Tennessee Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services
Child Help: Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse The Child Help website includes a national child abuse hotline (1-800-422-4453).
Oasis Center: There is More to Youth
Department of Children's Services: Tennessee Child Abuse The DCS website has a hotline to report child abuse (1-877-237-0004).
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
YWCA's Weaver Domestic Violence Center: Services for Women, Men & Children in Need of Safety
Please accept the following as resources. The student support team suggests that you seek out the most appropriate resources for your child’s needs and your family values.
It is important to identify students who need additional assistance beyond the proactive support all students receive. We ask our faculty members to be diligent in being aware of student emotional and social needs. Because of their involvement in our student body, they are the most effective referral source for our students. As an initial step, parents who become concerned about their child should communicate with their child’s advisor who can refer directly to Mrs. Hall, if necessary. If parents encounter a situation in which they need to go straight to the school counselor, please email Mrs. Hall with the link below.
Alyssa Hall is a licensed professional school counselor who holds a master of science degree in school and clinical counseling and an educational specialist degree in professional counseling. Her student services include meeting individually with students based on referrals, helping provide character development in class lessons and through the advisory program, and building rapport with students by being involved in multiple facets of the students' school life. Her role as the school counselor includes providing a trained listening ear to students, teaching self-care wellness tools to students when appropriate and referring students with on-going needs to mental health providers. Mrs. Hall is a co-sponsor for the Upper School Leadership Team (SLT) with hopes to develop and identify student leaders who share care, concern, and compassion for the BA students and faculty.
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