School-Based Support Groups

Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas has a growing School-Based Program offering counseling and peer support group opportunities in South San Antonio ISD, Harlandale ISD, Edgewood ISD, San Antonio ISD, Northside ISD, and Judson ISD. Initially funded through  partnerships with Family Service Association, United Way of San Antonio & Bexar County and City of San Antonio, the program has expanded through the leadership of Communities In Schools as well as the San Antonio Mobile Mental Wellness Collaborative. The Collaborative (SAMMWC) uniquely brings other mental health partners into a district as a “Team” to address a variety of mental health challenges beyond grief and offer psychological assessments, as well as one-stop resource for families. 

The program also provides training opportunities for educators, school counselors, school social workers, and caregivers supporting grieving students.

Death of a parent, caregiver, or loved one impacts students emotionally and academically. Often a child will feel helpless or hopeless. Attendance and apathy may increase, and youth can lose confidence in their abilities or options for the future. National studies indicate that 1 in every 13 students will experience the death of a parent by age 13. Students who cannot be served within the school districts are encouraged to reach out to the Center’s main office to explore our grief support services.

For more information about training opportunities or our School-Based services please reach out to Cecilia Segura-Paz using our online form.

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