Presentation on theme: "CPS New Counselor Training January 27, 2012"— Presentation transcript:
1CPS New Counselor Training January 27, 2012 Lee Ann LowderDeputy General Counselphone: fax:
2No Friending Students on Facebook Acceptable Use PolicyNo use of private accounts to communicate with students
3Parental Consent for Counseling? Not unless it’s group counseling in IEP for students with a disability
4Disclosure of mental health records to Parent/Guardian Students under 12:√ parent/guardianStudents 12-17:•If student is informed and does not object• If counselor does not find compelling reason to deny access
5Required Disclosures to Parents Current physical and mental conditionDiagnosisTreatment NeedsServices ProvidedServices Needed, including medication, if any
6Longitudinal Study of Bullies 60% of boys who were bullies in middle school had at least one conviction by age 24.40% had three or more convictions.Bullies were four times as likely as peers to have multiple convictions.
7Children Who Bully are More Likely to: Get into frequent fights/be injured in a fightSteal, vandalize propertyDrink alcoholSmokeBe truant, drop out of schoolReport poor academic achievementPerceive school as negativeCarry a weapon
8Children who are bullied have Lower self esteemHigher rates of depressionMore absencesMore suicidal ideation
9Students doubt adults will intervene Only 35% believed teachers were interested in stopping bullyingEven fewer --25% -- believed administrators were interested in stopping bullying
10Safety of LGBTQ Students 84% reported verbal harassment18% reported frequently hearing homophobic remarksOnly 15% reported that school staff intervened when they overheard these remarks
11Lawrence King (1994–2008)In 2008, this 8th grader, who had been repeatedly harassed at school because of his sexual orientation and dress, was murdered by a classmate in his Oxnard, California classroom.
12CPS Student Code of Conduct SCC Anti-Bullying StatementThe Chicago Public Schools prohibits any and all forms of bullying by students and will not tolerate acts of retaliation for making a report of bullying.School staff shall identify and stop bullying behavior and refer perpetrators for appropriate discipline in accordance with this Student Code of Conduct.27
13SCC & Non-discrimination Policy 3-4 Offensive language, gestures based on sex4-5 Battery5-4 Use of intimidation, credible threat of violence, persistent severe bullyingReport Sexual Harassment to Principal, AP or EOCO,
14LGBTQ StudentsBoard Rule 1-9 and CPS Non-discrimination Policy prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.
15Nabozny v. Podlesny, 7th Cir. (1996) Gay studentsubjected to daily verbal harassmentsuffered mock rapesustained internal injuries from repeated kicking>1 suicide attemptPrincipal“Boys will be boys.”“Act gay, expect abuse.”
16Principal, AP & School Held Liable School officials violated Equal Protection by treating Nabozny differently than female students who were victims of dating violence
17CPS Employee Discipline Code 5-9: Any cruel, immoral conduct or communication that causes psychological or physical harm to a studentDiscipline: Discharge4-2: Negligent supervision resulting in psychological or physical injury to studentDisciplinary Options: day suspension, Warning Resolution, Discharge
18Grant v. Board of Trustees of Valley View School Dist Grant v. Board of Trustees of Valley View School Dist., IL Appellate Court (1997)Students told School Counselor that HS senior made suicide threats and wrote suicide notesSchool Counselor spoke with student, advised mother to take student to hospital for drug OD treatmentDid not advise mother of suicide threatsStudent jumped off overpass to his death
19Grant, cont’d Mother sued District and School Counselor for failing to Call ambulanceInform her of suicide threatsImplement a Suicide Prevention program
20Public Employee Immunity Public employees and entities aren’t liable forInjuries caused by failure to make adequate mental examination to determine if person is danger to self or othersInjuries resulting from diagnosing or failing to diagnose mental illness or addiction
21Public Employee Liability School employees are liable ifConduct is intentional or done with conscious disregard or indifference to student’s safetyThey knew or should have known that their conduct posed a high probability of serious physical harm to the student
22Grant Majority, cont’d Failure to call ambulance School counselor’s conduct was not intentional or indifferent because she advised mother to take student to hospital
23Grant Majority, cont’dSchool Counselor’s failure to advise mother of suicide threatsCourt found her conduct may have been negligent, but was not intentional or indifferent
24Grant DissentDissenting Judge thought the School Counselor acted with deliberate indifference to the threat and should be held liable.She had “knowledge of an impending danger (suicide threats) but failed to exercise ordinary care to prevent it.”
25Grant Court Directive“The suicide death of a teenager is tragic. School counselors and other school personnel should take every suicide threat seriously and take every precaution to protect the child.”
26Confidentiality Illinois School Code “No school student records or information contained therein” may be disclosed or released except to a school employee or official “with current demonstrable educational or administrative interest in the student, in furtherance of such interest.”
27CPS Employee Discipline Code 3-6 Violating the confidentiality of student recordsDisciplinary Options:1-15 day unpaid suspensionWarning Resolution
28Albers v. Breen, Ill. App. Ct. (2004) Seventh grader told School Social Worker/ LCSW he had been shoved and kicked and “would rather be dead than go to school.”SSW promised mother she would not disclose the names of the bullies.SSW gave the bullies’ names to the principal, who disciplined them.
29Albers, cont’d Parents removed student from school Sued Principal, Social Worker and District for violating MHDDCA
30Albers, cont’dCourt found SSW acted in good faith in disclosing the bullies’ names because she thought the student was at risk of harm from shoving and kicking, and also because of his suicide threat.