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SPIRIT, Carole & Ronald Krist Samaritan Center for Counseling & Education
August 2009 · Touching Lives · Healing Hearts
Grab an apple.
As summertime comes to a close, parents start shopping for school supplies and kids prepare to begin new classes, see old friends and meet new teachers. For some children, the idea of going back to school is exhilarating, while for others that same thought causes a flash of anxiety. Children are just as vulnerable to anxiety as adults, so keep reading to find out how you can help prepare your child for a new school year. It's time to sit back, relax and catch this month's Spirit.

Service Spotlight
Each month, Spirit will shine a spotlight on one of our services to reveal how Krist Samaritan Center is touching lives and healing hearts all across Houston.

Active Parenting Today
The Krist Samaritan Center will host a seminar to focus on parenting skills for children ages 2-12 years old. The event will be held at Fairbanks United Methodist Church in Houston on September 13th, 20th and 27th. Cost is $35.00 for single parent or couple, and pre-registration is required by September 7th. Ava Porterfield, MA, LPC will lead the seminar.

For more information:
Visit http://www.samaritanhouston.org/enewsletter/august2009/ksc_activeparenting_flier.pdf to download the flyer.

To register:
Call 281.480.7554 ext. 12 and speak with Priscila Barcenas
Relieving Back-To-School Anxiety.

Back-to-school jitters are normal for students of all grades. In fact, some college kids protest about going back to school as much as some 1st graders. Being tense about upcoming classes or worrying about new teachers is normal. However, for some students, school seems like an overly tense and frightening place. If normal school activities such as homework, recess, quizzes or attending lunch make your child excessively anxious, there are ways you can help them combat their nerves.

1. Acknowledge their feelings. The most important thing you can do for your child is to acknowledge that her feelings are real to her. This will help her open up to you and express any specific fears.

2. Ask questions. By asking a very exact question like 'what three things are you most worried about at school?' your child can start to sort through their feelings and give you specific scenarios and answers. Remember to ask positive questions too, such as 'what three things are you most excited about?' Chances are, there is something your child likes about school that can help overcome anything that appears scary. 

3. Remain available to talk. Your child should know that he can always come talk to you, no matter what. If his fear has something to do with educators, sometimes talking with a trusted adult makes his teacher seem less intimidating.

4. Recognize the value of tears. As a great stress reliever, crying helps flush out tension and release held-back feelings. Let the crying run its course, because it often results in the child being more open and willing to share.

5. Don't try to fix everything. Sometimes it's important to get involved and help your child get into the right class for his age or learning abilities. However, don't be too hasty to jump in every situation. Letting your child learn how to cope or deal with specific issues on their own frequently results in good character building, and life lessons are often the most significant and memorable ones they learn at school.

Although most children merely have back-to-school blues, some of them feel it more deeply and disruptively. Some signs to watch out for are attitude and behavior changes, dramatic changes in music or clothing styles, unusual sleeping and eating habits, difficulty concentrating or inability to control worrying. If you perceive any changes like these, it may be best to visit a counselor. For students with the normal set of jitters, a kind word, reassuring hug and a listening ear can be some of the best medicine available.

The difference between school and life? In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson. - Tom Bodett
We’re Growing!
The Krist Samaritan Center is happy to announce the addition of a director of clinical services and two new clinicians to the clinical team.

Ms. Joni A. Adams, MA, LPC
Psychometritist & Psychotherapist
Individual, marriage and family counseling

Dr. Holly M. Teitsma, Ph.D.
Individual, couples, family therapy; supervision

Dr. Jack Teitsma, M.Div. Ph.D.
Director of Clinical Services
Individual, marital, family therapy; supervision

Mark Your Calendar
A Samaritan Celebration 2009
November 5, 2009
River Oaks Country Club

Elaine and Granville Knight, Jr.

Carole Krist
Kristi & David Lumpkins
Gena & Chuck Norris

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