Counseling Corner

Last Updated: 6/7/2021 1:01 PM

Counseling Corner

 Catrisa Goodrich, School Counselor


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Have a great summer!! We will miss you!!

Below are a few links to summer family fun activities. Stay safe and healthy!


Click here: Oldham Family Fun or


Oldham County Parks - Oldham Family Fun or


Summer Fun Roundup - East Louisville and Oldham County | Macaroni Kid Louisville East 


Summer 4-H Opportunities | Oldham County Cooperative Extension Blog (



Summer Feeding Program


Grab and go breakfast and lunch


Oldham County Schools will once again be offering free meals to all Oldham County residents ages 18 and under this summer. These "grab and go" breakfasts and lunches will be available for pick-up at La Grange Elementary, 500 W. Jefferson Street in La Grange. Meals are available for pick-up every Tuesday, beginning June 15 and ending August 3.

More information:

  • Receive 5 breakfasts and lunches each Tuesday

  • Any child 18 and younger

  • No registration required

  • Pick-up is every Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. behind La Grange Elementary


Middle school transition

I traveled to each classroom to teach my middle school transition lessons in fifth grade during april and may.. The lessons gave students the opportunity to reflect on their thoughts and worries about moving to middle school when we created a personal graffiti wall, to learn about the differences between elementary and middle school, to learn helpful tips and strategies for success, and the opportunity to try opening a combination lock in preparation for using a locker in middle school- some middle schools are moving away from using lockers and opting for students carrying backpacks but it’s still a great skill to learn. 







A Smart Girls' Guide: Middle School and Everything you need to know

This Book covers topics such as classes, lockers, homework, making friends, and getting involved in after-school activities. It even includes letters from girls worried about starting middle school and advice from those who have already been there. 









By: Phyllis A. Fagell

MIddle School Matters: The 10 Key Skills Kids Need to Thrive in Middle school and Beyond

The author, Phyllis Fagell, is a professional counselor who teaches parents how to use the middle school years as a way to train and equip their children with the skills they’ll need to succeed both in middle school and beyond. The book addresses how to teach children to make good friend choices, deal with conflict, regulate their emotions when hormones are at an all-time high, advocate for themselves, and more. 











By: Marrae Kimball

The Secret Combination to Middle School

This book is perfect for all middle schoolers to read independently! Students will explore the differences between elementary and middle school, helpful tips on managing the transition, and common fears and worries we all experience. It encourages students to “dream big,” stay organized, make new friends, create positive habits and routines, and find the good in life’s circumstances. 


Healthy Relationships

How can you help your child develop healthy friendships? Demonstrate healthy interactions with your own friends and family- your child will learn how to make friends, treat each other with kindness and compassion, and how to navigate disagreements by watching and listening to you. By modeling respect and forgiveness in your language and actions, your child will learn these important friendship skills.

Below are a few book recommendations about friendship that I use in classroom guidance lessons. Discussing the characters interactions and emotions can help children navigate their own friendships and analyze social skills in a concrete way. Reading with your child builds their literacy skills, cognitive development, and helps the development of their imagination. It’s a great opportunity to continue to build the emotional bond with your child. 


How Do Dinosaurs Play With Their Friends by Jane Tolen and Mark Teague

How To Be A Lion by Ed Vere

One by Kathryn Otoshi

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

Ribbit by Rodrigo Folgueira 

Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry and Tom Lichtenheld

Swimmy by Leo Lionni



Stress Management- Supporting Our Children 

  • Let Kids Know They Can Talk to You

  • Be Sure to Listen to Your Child Before Offering Suggestions

  • Consider Doing an Activity While You Talk Like Taking A Walk or Playing A Game- Doing An Activity While Talking Can Help To Make It Feel More Relaxed 

  • Get Kids to Do Some Deep Breathing Exercises- It Has a Physical Effect on Your Body to Help You Calm Down and Lower Stress- You Can Use Bubbles, A Pinwheel, or This Star Breathing That We Practiced in Kindergarten

Stress Management

  • Exercise

  • Take a Break and Get Outside- Changing the Scenery Can Help to Change the Focus

  • Encourage Good Sleep Habits

  • Model Self-Care and Positive Thinking

  • Stay Calm (and Try To Make Sure Your Facial Expressions Convey This Too!)



Blessings in a Backpack

This year Camden Station ES will continue to participate in the Blessings in a Backpack program. The vision of Blessings in a Backpack is for every school-aged child in America to have the nourishment needed to learn and grow. As a leader in the movement to end childhood hunger, Blessings in a Backpack strives to ensure children do not go hungry on the weekends by empowering individuals and communities to take action.


Blessings in a Backpack is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization currently feeding over 87,000 children in 1,092 schools in 45 states and the District of Columbia. Better test scores, improved reading skills, positive behavior, improved health, and increased attendance have all been attributed to the success of this program.


Through this program, each Friday students receive a backpack filled with easy to prepare food staples for their family over the weekend. During NTI and VLA, the food is delivered to your door by school staff.

Eligibility to participate in the program is based on need. 


If you would like for your student to receive Blessings in a Backpack, please either fill out the form below or call Mrs. Goodrich, School Counselor at 241-1271 or e-mail the information below to All information will be kept confidential. 


Click this link to fill out a form for your child to receive Blessings in a Backpack.



Helping Children Process Difficult News

As families and educators, we might be struggling with what we should and should not say with all that is happening in our world and how to open dialogue so that our children can process difficult news while feeling safe and supported. The links below include resources to help families talk with their children about difficult topics, as well as, general information about supporting our children. If I can be of any assistance or support for you or your child, please contact me at (502)241-1271 or e-mail me at:


American Psychological Association Link:

National Association of School Psychologists Link:

NPR Podcast - What to say when the news is scary Link:



 Goal-Setting during Distance Learning


  • Have a goal-setting conversation with your child. When students are part of the conversation, they develop ownership of the goal, which makes it more valuable. Here are some quick examples for different ages:

  • Age 6: At this age give the child short-term goals and very specific choices. Example: “Let’s pick one thing we really want to make sure we get done this morning. We could write the sentences to go with these three pictures, or we could finish these 10 addition problems.”

  • Age 11: Work with children this age to create longer-term goals that are broken into smaller pieces. The parent should continue to provide guidance like, “Hmmm… how will your Friday-self feel if you wait to do all your work on Friday?” Example: “Let’s set your math goals for each day this week. Let’s look at your material. What do you want to have done by the end of the week? (Or what does your teacher say you need to get done by the end of the week?) How do you want to break that up over the five days this week?”

  • Make sure the goal is reasonable and can be done in a short time. If you choose a longer-term goal, set milestones along the way. Setting a reasonable target helps ensure students experience success, which will motivate them to make further progress.

  • Determine how you will know if the student is making progress toward the goal and how you will know they have reached it. Think of how many apps we have that track our exercise or budgets. We can similarly track good learning behavior. Having a measurable goal is key to knowing if you’ve reached it, and therefore getting those positive feelings that come with success.

  • Talk about how the goal relates to things your child values. Is it a skill they are interested in learning related to a hobby? Is the goal related to a future job they want? Is it related to something else they want to learn? Making the activity relevant to the child increases its value.

  • Document what your child can do if they get stuck. Students aren’t going to be 100% successful when they are learning. Make a plan for how they will get help when they get stuck so they are less likely to quit and see a path to success even when they struggle.     

From: “How to motivate students who are distance learning during COVID”


Keeping Kids Motivated for Online Learning 

Click this link for helpful tips and techniques to encourage and motivate your kids!!! (


Resources for Supporting Our Children During Difficult Times


How To Help Kids Handle Disappointment

Click here


How To Help Kids Handle the News

Click here


Strategies for Supporting Learning At Home from the Child Mind Institute

Click here


Meeting the Social Emotional Needs of our Children



↠ Click this link to listen and view the presentation 


↠ Slides only link


Building Courage in Kids – How to Teach Kids to Be Brave


Bitmoji of Mrs. Goodrich


Welcome Camden Station families! I hope everyone is safe and staying healthy. I’m Catrisa Goodrich, the school counselor at Camden Station. This year is going to be very different for all of us, so it’s important to stay positive and compassionate.

This is my fifteenth year as a school counselor and my fifth year at Camden Station Elementary. I am so excited and grateful to be a part of such an amazing team! I attended the University of Kentucky (Go CATS!) for my undergraduate studies and earned my Masters of Education in School Counseling at Loyola College in Maryland. My husband, two children and I live in Crestwood and enjoy being a part of the Oldham County community. 

The school counseling program is a part of our students’ total educational experience. Activities are designed and implemented to support our core values of partnership, character development, and academic development. Elementary school counselors provide both prevention and intervention services. Counselors work with students on developing appropriate tools for communicating, making decisions, developing friendships, and strengthening coping skills.  The delivery of services to students is provided through a combination of individual and group counseling, developmental classroom guidance activities focusing on Social Emotional Learning (SEL), consultations with parents, school faculty, and community organizations/agencies, and the coordination of related services. 

I look forward to a great year and am committed to helping our children reach their optimal potential as life-long learners whether we are doing NTI, VLA, or in-person learning!

Please contact me if you are in need of resources or would like to connect with me about your child.

E-mail: or Call: (502)241-1271

Follow my Facebook pageCamden Station Elementary School Counselor Connection

Google Site: Counseling Corner Google Site with additional Resources

You or your child can submit a form to connect with me using this Request for the Counselor form or scan the QR code below from a smart device. I look forward to working with you and your child! ❤


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Students can see their School Counselor via:

  • Self-referral

  • Parent/Guardian request

  • Request of the counselor, admin, and/or teacher or staff referral.  


Reasons parents/guardians might reach out to the School Counselor: 

  • Family health problems

  • Social concerns, issues with friends

  • To discuss additional needs of student

  • Family changes, difficulties, or concerns

  • Recent loss of a family member or friend

  • Proactive discussion about a potential crisis

  • To discuss effective parent/child communication

  • Concerns over student achievement or behavior

  • Student is lacking motivation for distance learning

  • Assistance in locating & coordinating community resources



Tips to Help Kids Wear Masks from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital:


COVID-19 Resource Center

Click on the link above for resources from NASP
(National Association of School Psychologists)




  SPOTLIGHT: SEL (Social Emotional Learning) 


What is Social Emotional- Learning??

Social-emotional learning (SEL) is learning how to:

- Be aware of yourself and how you feel

- Be in control of yourself, even when you can't control everything

-Be a good friend, neighbor, classmate, and person in your community

-Make good and responsible choices 



Social and emotional learning (SEL) is an integral part of education and human development. SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.

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We recognize that as a family member, you are our students’ first teacher and we want to partner with you to help our children become tolerant, compassionate, and caring adults. To support achieving these goals and to help our students build their social-emotional skills, we are pleased to share that we are implementing Sanford Harmony in our school community through school-wide activities and classroom guidance lessons. 


Over the course of the five units listed below, students will enhance their abilities to learn, work, and grow together.


  • Diversity and Inclusion

  • Critical Thinking

  • Communication

  • Problem Solving

  • Peer Relationships


Information will be sent home periodically, sharing activities in each unit. To learn more about Sanford Harmony please visit


Below are a few ideas of how to continue building communication skills and family time at home through SEL:

GrThumbseeting: Gather your family together in a circle. Ask one member to start by passing a smile or an “I love you, [Name]” around the circle.

Sharing & Responding: Choose family member to share something they can do very well and how they do it. Other family members respond by making positive comments or asking questions. 

Community Check In: Talk about “Highs” and “Lows” for the week.  How are we doing as a family in treating each other well? 

Quick Connection: Create a fun routine that encourages a family connection. It could be a “secret” family handshake, a silly face, a “copy-cat” dance move, etc

Find tips on physical activity, nutrition, quality sleep, and more from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation:



Circle of people holding handsOldham County Resources

Beulah Land Baptist Church (Foundation of Hope): (502)222-1912
3509 West Highway 146, Buckner, KY 40010
Food Pantry

Community Chest of Oldham County: (502)222-0427
1919 Covey Trace, LaGrange, KY 40031
Utilities/Rental Assistance

First Steps-Kentucky’s Early Intervention System: (877) 417-8377 
Services: First Steps can help you and your family answer questions and concerns you may have about your child’s development. 

Good News Shelter Corporation/Rose Haven Good News: (502) 225-0351 
Services: Provides temporary housing and supportive services for families in Oldham and Trimble Counties who are temporarily without adequate shelter because of catastrophes, such as fire or floods, or financial setbacks caused by job loss, disability, divorce, illness, etc. Rose Haven serves only women in crisis and their families. 

Grace and Glory Lutheran Church (Bread of Life): (502)228-0650
11952 West Highway 42, Goshen, KY 40026
Food Pantry

High Point Ministries: (502)713-7090
424 East Main Street, #7, LaGrange, KY 40031
Clothing Closet (includes household items, personal care supplies, baby supplies), Food pantry

Hope Health Clinic: (502) 225-6711
Located in La Grange on the Baptist Health campus is a low-cost, primary care clinic for those without health insurance or those people with "high deductible" insurance plans.

LaCasita: (502) 322-4036
Services: Provide support for Hispanic families in the area by connecting them to needed resources like counseling, housing, legal consultation, food, clothing, school supports and more. They also have support groups for parents.  

Oldham County American Red Cross: (502) 222-0308 

Services: Financial assistance, disaster relief, housing assistance, food bank, transportation, training programs, community winter help. 

Oldham County Health Department: (502) 222-3516 
Services: Clinical: Immunizations, family planning, physical exams, WIC, Registered Dietitian, screening and treatment (TB, STDs, cancer, hypertension, cholesterol, diabetes, childhood lead, newborn metabolic screening); Environmental: premise sanitation, public facilities; Other: tobacco coalition, HANDS, Healthy Start in Child Care, emergency response team, communicable disease monitoring. 

Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
24/7 free and confidential support for people in distress and crisis prevention resources for you and your loved ones

Tri-County Community Action Partnership: (502) 222-1349
Tri-County Community Action Agency is a private non-profit corporation that has been serving the Henry, Oldham, and Trimble counties in Kentucky since 1974. We offer a variety of programs to enhance the quality of life of our participants. Many of our programs are offered at little or no charge to you.