Social/Emotional Programs at CMCCS

Social/Emotional Learning
At CMCCS, we provide support that goes beyond the books.

Sanctuary

As a Sanctuary-trained organization, our school culture is based on The Seven Sanctuary Commitments to facilitate healing from trauma.

1. NONVIOLENCE

Traumatized children have often experienced violence. The violence might be physical, psychological, social and/or moral. This commitment to Nonviolence produces the opposite experience for our kids.

2. EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

Traumatized children have often experienced insensitivity and disrespect regarding their behaviors and feelings. Emotional Intelligence moves us to understand the relationship between our clients’ negative experiences and their emotions and behaviors, so we can respond with those experiences in mind.

3. SOCIAL LEARNING

Traumatized children often isolate themselves as a form of self-protection and engage in repetitive patterns of thinking and behavior. Social Learning promotes collaborative thinking and problem solving to break dysfunctional and repetitive patterns of behavior. We emphasize the child’s and family’s exposure to other’s perspectives and ideas. To mitigate the isolating effects of shame, we teach our clients to view mistakes as positive learning opportunities.

4. DEMOCRACY

Traumatized children often have experienced an overwhelming sense of helplessness during the traumatic event, which can lead to learned helplessness in the future. Democracy requires active participation and empowerment as a way to replace that helplessness.

5. OPEN COMMUNICATION

Traumatized children develop a heightened sense of secrecy as a result of prolonged exposure to traumatic experiences such as sexual abuse and parental alcoholism. Open Communication creates a community that tolerates expression of emotions and openly explores interpersonal and organizational issues.

6. SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Traumatized children and families often experience injustice either during or in response to reporting a traumatic event. Social Responsibility focuses on building communities in which people feel a sense of responsibility and care for each other and the group as a whole. This commitment also assures that people are held accountable for their actions.

7. GROWTH AND CHANGE

Traumatized children often become paralyzed by their experiences so that they continue to relive or repeat the past in ways that prevent healing or growth. Growth and Change is a commitment to evaluate current behaviors while focusing on the future by setting achievable goals and breaking dysfunctional patterns.

Our Services

Here at CMCCS, we believe that nurturing not only academic growth but also emotional well-being is crucial for your success and happiness. That’s why we’re dedicated to providing comprehensive support through our counseling program. Social-emotional counseling goes beyond academics. It’s about helping you navigate the challenges of growing up, managing emotions, building healthy relationships, and developing resilience. Whether you’re feeling overwhelmed by schoolwork, experiencing peer conflicts, or simply need someone to talk to, our counselors are here for you. Our counseling services are confidential, meaning what you discuss with your counselor stays between you unless there’s a concern for your safety or the safety of others. Your privacy is respected at all times.

Speech therapy plays a crucial role in enhancing communication skills and confidence for students facing challenges in speech, language, or communication development. Our certified speech-language pathologists work closely with students to assess their individual needs and create personalized therapy plans. Whether it’s articulation, language comprehension, stuttering, or voice modulation, our therapists provide targeted interventions in a supportive and encouraging environment. Through a combination of specialized exercises, games, and activities, students not only improve their communication abilities but also gain the confidence to express themselves more effectively. We understand the impact that speech and language difficulties can have on a student’s academic and social experiences. That’s why we are committed to providing comprehensive support that empowers students to overcome these challenges and thrive in all aspects of their school life. To parents and guardians, we encourage you to reach out if you believe your child could benefit from speech therapy. Our team is here to answer your questions, discuss your concerns, and collaborate with you to ensure your child receives the support they need to succeed.

Our Occupational Therapy Program at CMCCS is designed to support and enhance students’ ability to perform daily activities and succeed in their academic environment. Our skilled occupational therapist works with children to improve fine motor skills, sensory processing, coordination, and social interaction. Through individualized assessments and tailored interventions, we help students develop the skills they need to participate fully in school activities and daily life. The program emphasizes a collaborative approach, involving teachers, parents, and other specialists to ensure each child receives comprehensive support. Our team is here to answer your questions, discuss your concerns, and collaborate with you to ensure your child receives the support they need to succeed.

Physical therapy is crucial for supporting students with mobility challenges, motor skill development, and physical rehabilitation needs. Our licensed physical therapists work closely with students to assess their individual abilities and create personalized therapy plans tailored to their specific goals. Whether it’s improving strength, coordination, flexibility, or managing physical conditions, our therapists provide expert guidance and encouragement in a supportive environment. Through specialized exercises, activities, and adaptive techniques, students not only enhance their physical abilities but also gain the confidence to participate fully in school activities and sports. We understand the importance of physical health in a student’s overall well-being and academic success. That’s why we are committed to offering comprehensive support that empowers students to achieve their maximum potential both inside and outside the classroom. To parents and guardians, we encourage you to reach out if you believe your child could benefit from physical therapy. Our team is here to answer your questions, discuss your concerns, and collaborate with you to ensure your child receives the support they need to thrive.

Our CMCCS Circle of Girls mentoring program is designed to empower and inspire young girls as they navigate through the challenges of elementary school and prepare for the transition to middle school. Through mentorship, guidance, and support, we aim to help girls build confidence, develop leadership skills, and create positive relationships with their peers. CMCCS mentoring program will provide girls with opportunities to engage in learning about sanctuary, group activities, one-on-one mentoring sessions, and workshops focused on topics such as self-esteem, communication, goal-setting, and decision-making. We will also offer resources and support to help girls navigate academic challenges, social pressures, and emotional well-being.

De-escalation counselors at CMCCS play a crucial role in promoting a safe and supportive environment for all students. Trained in conflict resolution and crisis intervention techniques, they are here to provide immediate support in moments of heightened emotions or challenging situations. Whether it’s helping to diffuse conflicts between students, supporting students experiencing emotional distress, or assisting in managing behavioral challenges, our de-escalation counselors are skilled professionals who approach each situation with empathy and understanding. Their goal is to create a calm and respectful atmosphere where students can address their concerns, express their emotions constructively, and work towards positive resolutions. By fostering a proactive approach to conflict resolution, our counselors help promote a school culture built on mutual respect, empathy, and effective communication