The average student-to-school-counselor ratio is 464 to 1—almost double the American School Counselor Association’s recommendation of 250 students per school counselor. With student caseloads of this size, school counselors are often operating at capacity and aren’t always able to meet with every student. School staff have more face time with students and may see issues arise before students make their way to the counseling office.
Gaggle Therapy is a resource available to schools where students receive virtual therapy covered by the district at no cost to their families. Students are referred to Gaggle Therapy by their counselors and social workers. If school staff members, such as a teacher or coach, notice a student who would benefit from therapy services, they can make a referral to Gaggle Therapy by simply reaching out to the student’s counselor. Students don’t need insurance to be eligible and can participate in sessions from home or school.
If teachers, administrators, and other staff members are struggling with mental health as we navigate this new school year, Gaggle Therapy also offers an option for staff therapy. These sessions are also covered by school districts so that staff can receive the support they need in order to take care of themselves and their students. In districts offering staff therapy, school staff can privately self-enroll to get matched with a therapist for ongoing sessions.
Educators are an invaluable part of getting students the help that they need. Students have a special relationship with their teachers and coaches, inspiring rapport and trust that so many students benefit from greatly. When students are struggling, refer them to Gaggle Therapy to widen the network of caring adults who stand ready to support them during the hard times.