Apr. 3rd, 2009

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I've been running something around in my head and I just want to ask for some opinions out there.  I have a student that I have been working with for a couple of weeks.  I've actually known her for 2 years, but she has been going through a really rough time for the last month or so.  She came in the office and had a total break down, crying so hard that other counselors came to see if I needed help.  Now, this is a not a student that is given to crying fits.  In fact, until a few months ago, I would have told you that she was a tough cookie.  About a year and a half ago, her brother was killed in combat.  They were very close and he was her rock and her sounding board.  She seems to be lost without him and is still mourning him.  Most of her "friends" tell her that she should be over it, and her mother tells her that she is just being a drama queen about it.  (The mother has her own set of issues, so don't judge her too harshly.)  On top of all of this, some girls in her vocational class are harassing her in class, on-line (documented and reported to the police), through texts...  It has just pushed this young lady to her breaking point.  So she sat in my office and cried.  I just hugged her and rocked her back and forth, which is all I could think of doing.  She obviously needed a good cry since everyone else tells her that she's not allowed to mourn any longer.  I wanted to let her know that my office is a safe place to mourn and talk about her brother.  She needed to know that she isn't broken because she still misses him.  I worked with her to get her calmed down after that and we came up with a plan for after spring break on how to address the issue with these girls.  She told me that she thought that she was getting on my nerves my brothering me all of the time.  Here is what I want your opinion on:  I am considering getting her a goofy card and sending it to her during spring break just to let her know that she can come to me whenever she needs to talk.  What do you think?  What would you have done if your school counselor would ahve done the same thing in the same situation?

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