Mental Wellness

Pace Academy is dedicated to supporting the whole child. Through our guidance counseling program, we strive to assist the young people in our care as they endeavor to become successful students and, ultimately, thriving citizens of the world. Students' social-emotional growth is a vital part of that journey.

Counselors in our Lower, Middle and Upper Schools provide guidance and support to students, parents and faculty. The counselor’s role is not only to help members of the Pace community navigate difficult life situations when they arise, but also to provide education and tools on an ongoing basis so community members are better equipped to face these challenges.

Our Philosophy

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As professional counselors, we believe that...

  • All persons have dignity and worth.
  • All persons deserve love, support and the fulfillment of basic needs.
  • Persons of all ethnic, cultural, sexual and racial identities have the right to be respected.
  • All students have the potential to achieve their goals and the abilities to function at their best.
  • All persons deserve to discover and use their unique voices to empower themselves and others.
  • All students have the right to be heard so that the needs of individual students and the collective student body are met.
  • All students should be taught coping skills to deal with challenges they may face.
  • All persons should be provided a variety of intellectual, social, mental, collective and physical resources to develop holistically.

As counselors, we...

  • Support the academic mission and vision of the school.
  • Advocate for safe schools and foster a nurturing school environment.
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  • Follow ethical guidelines to ensure the well-being of all students, faculty and staff.
  • Are knowledgeable of the school and community resources and how these might be used to benefit students, teachers and families.
  • Work with our faculty, administration and support staff to meet the community's mental health needs.
  • Assist classroom teachers as needed to ensure the best academic experience and performance of all students.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

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Mental Wellness and Racial Trauma

In light of recent events which highlight systemic racism in our nation, the Pace Counseling Department, in partnership with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, has pulled together a list of resources on racial trauma. 

Racial trauma refers to the emotional impact one experiences in regards to racism and can occur as a result of witnessing or experiencing racism and/or discrimination. Pace is committed to developing anti-racist practices and creating safe spaces of support for students and families who might encounter racial trauma. 

Click below to learn more about the impact of racial trauma on mental wellness; resources for healing and support for children, families and parents; and contact information for division counselors.  

The Pace Counseling Team

Resources on Mental Wellness and Racial Trauma

Gratitude

Giving Thanks Can Make You Happier

The Neuroscience of Gratitude and How It Affects Anxiety & Grief

If you feel thankful, write it down. It's good for your health

How Gratitude helps your brain and mental health

The Science behind Gratitude (and how it can change your life)

Relationships

How Technology Changes Teen Romance

Beyond Sex Ed: How To Talk To Teens About Love

STRESS AND ANXIETY

Getting to Know and Love Your Brain (Grades K-8)

Harvard Medical Study on Stress and the Brain

6 Mindfulness Strategies to use at home with your child

Challenge Maladaptive Thoughts

It Takes a Suburb: A Town Struggles to Ease Student Stress

Teens and stress: How to keep stress in check

Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?

Stress Management for Kindergartners

Stress Management Techniques: Evidence-based procedures that reduce stress and promote health

Mindfulness

At a school in Baltimore, mindfulness proves more effective than punishment

Evidence for the Impact of Mindfulness on Children and Young People

Research Round-Up: Mindfulness in Schools

The Mindful Movement

Growth Mindset
 

Growth Mindset 

Not all unkindness is bullying. Here’s why we need to teach kids to differentiate.

Mindset Works

Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset

4 Steps to a developing a Growth Mindset

TECHNOLOGY AND CHILDREN/TEENS

HAVE SMARTPHONES DESTROYED A GENERATION

Why Social Media is Not Smart for Middle School Kids

LYING

CHILDREN LIE

Punishing Kids for Lying Only Makes Them Lie More

DRUGS, ALCOHOL AND VAPING/JUULING

FOUR MARKETING TACTICS E-CIGARETTE COMPANIES USE TO TARGET YOUTH

QUITTING E-CIGARETTES

TO HELP FIGHT VAPING, SCHOOL LOOK TO THEIR OWN STUDENTS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT VAPING-RELATED LUNG ILLNESS

Q & A VAPE AT YOUR OWN RISK

OPEN LETTER TO PARENTS ABOUT VAPING

E-Cigarettes and Young People: A Public Health Concern

Consent

How to talk to kids about sex and consent

The Consent Convo

Resilience

Dear therapist: I'm worried the College-Admissions Process is rigged against my son

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