EMOTIONAL OVERLOAD: PROGRAM TEACHES SCHOOL OFFICIALS COPING MECHANISMS FOR STUDENTS
By WVUA 23 Reporter Jordan Johnson
Tuscaloosa, Ala- The Tuscaloosa County and city school boards came together Sept. 26, working together on solutions for supporting the emotional and social well-being of students.
The Zones of Regulation program teaches school counselors and social workers ways students can be taught to self-regulate their emotions.
The training, assisted by the Alabama Department of Mental Health, gave those school officials tools for helping students work through depression and other potential issues.
“Students get to a state emotionally that they don’t know how to bring themselves back down,” said Accountability Director of the Tuscaloosa County School System Jackie Hudgins. “And then their talk becomes, ‘The only way I know how to deal with this is to do something to hurt myself.’ ”
Training is focused on relationships students have with adults around them.
“Sometimes we are bringing healing to where relationships have harmed people, but we also want relationships to heal people,” Hudgins said.