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The Ambivalence Dance

My new gig is at a day treatment program for youth. All of my clients are special education students in the county’s public school system. As a result, I am working on becoming more familiar with IEPs (Individualized Education Programs/Plans) since all of the students I will work with are required to have one.

I am always drawn to the section of social and emotional goals since that is what my counseling sessions are supposed to address. I’ve noticed that just about every student’s IEP has at least one goal focused on increasing their ability to identify emotions/frustrations and developing coping mechanisms and strategies to implement in response. On a more basic level, some goals aim to help students develop the language to express and verbalize how they feel.

The underlying message is: please get these students to stop throwing furniture! Continue reading

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