MENTAL HEALTH

Mental Health

The team at Washington Latin believes that part of our mission is to ensure the health and well-being of our students so that they can not only learn but also pursue a fuller humanity. Our Student Support Services Department reflects our commitment to mental health at Latin. Our team includes several counselors, and all students may access these services!

In this time of COVID, it can be particularly important – and more challenging – to sustain our emotional and mental health. “Social distancing” (really, it is physical distancing) keeps us from seeing our friends in person, working out as we are used to, attending the kind of events that feed our hearts and minds (movies, concerts, etc.) We are very aware of these challenges and are here to help! This page is where we will be posting information and resources for students and their parents alike. Check back often – more coming soon!

And if you need assistance, whether for the first time or as a regular in our suite on campus, please reach out to the team, either directly or using the big gold buttont. We want to hear from you!

Middle School Counselors

5th Grade – Avant Griffith
6th Grade –  Joe Green
7th Grade – Tiffany Bufort-Odom & Carllistus Obeng
8th Grade – Dayla Tucker

Upper School Counselors

9th Grade – Carllistus Obeng
10th Grade – Tiffany Bufort-Odom
11th Grade – Hope Foster
12th Grade – Jazmyne Keane

We encourage students and parents to reach out to this team to receive support or just ask questions!

Carllistus Obeng, M.Ed

Director of Mental Health & School Psychologist 

[email protected]

Jazmyne Keane, LGSW

Social Worker

[email protected]

Hope Foster, MSW

Social Worker

[email protected]

Tiffany Bufort-Odom, LPC, NCC

Director of Integrated Services & LEA McKinney Vento Liaison

[email protected]

Avant Griffith, MA, LGPC, NCC

School Counselor

[email protected]

Joe Green, MA

School Counselor

[email protected]

Dayla Tucker, MSW

Assistant Director of Integrated Services & McKinney Vento Liaison School-Based 

[email protected]

Nina Arroyo Santiago, LGSW

School-Based Therapist

[email protected]

Carllistus Obeng, M.Ed

Director of Mental Health & School Psychologist 

[email protected]

Jazmyne Keane, LGSW

Social Worker

[email protected]

Hope Foster, MSW

Social Worker

[email protected]

Tiffany Bufort-Odom, LPC, NCC

Director of Integrated Services & LEA McKinney Vento Liaison

[email protected]

Avant Griffith, MA, LGPC, NCC

School Counselor

[email protected]

Joe Green, MA

School Counselor

[email protected]

Dayla Tucker, MSW

Assistant Director of Integrated Services & McKinney Vento Liaison School-Based 

[email protected]

Nina Arroyo Santiago, LGSW

School-Based Therapist

[email protected]

Resources Highlight

Operation Parent started when a group of parents, needed help and couldn’t find one central source for trustworthy, practical information on the tough day-to-day issues.  This website was created that is platform-sourced with “must know” materials for our Latin parents raising teens and preteens, curated from leading experts and the experiences of its founding parents.

The culture is changing even more rapidly now and the goal at Operation Parent is to keep up with those changes and pass along the information parents need to know to keep their children healthy and safe.  By providing this information, parents can

  • Raise their awareness and confidence
  • Initiate meaningful conversations with your child(ren)
  • Set age appropriate boundaries
  • Be familiar with early warning signs of internet “addiction” and more
  • Prevent addiction, bullying, suicide, violence and more

In conjunction with the Operation Parent website, here’s a video from Dr. Clifford Sussman, MD, a leading Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist based in Friendship Heights, that helps teaches parents how to manage the screen time challenges of home confinement.

 

Resources Highlight

Operation Parent started when a group of parents, needed help and couldn’t find one central source for trustworthy, practical information on the tough day-to-day issues.  This website was created that is platform-sourced with “must know” materials for our Latin parents raising teens and preteens, curated from leading experts and the experiences of its founding parents.

The culture is changing even more rapidly now and the goal at Operation Parent is to keep up with those changes and pass along the information parents need to know to keep their children healthy and safe.  By providing this information, parents can

  • Raise their awareness and confidence
  • Initiate meaningful conversations with your child(ren)
  • Set age appropriate boundaries
  • Be familiar with early warning signs of internet “addiction” and more
  • Prevent addiction, bullying, suicide, violence and more

In conjunction with the Operation Parent website, here’s a video from Dr. Clifford Sussman, MD, a leading Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist based in Friendship Heights, that helps teaches parents how to manage the screen time challenges of home confinement.

 

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