Mounds Park Academy families should feel welcome to contact their division director with any questions or concerns. In addition, MPA has the following experts available:

Dr. Jules Nolan, School Psychologist
651-426-4297 (cellular)
drjulesnolan@gmail.com

Ashley Cooper, Grades 7-12 School Counselor
651-748-5605
acooper@moundsparkacademy.org

Molly Fischer, Grades K-4 School Counselor
651-777-2555
mfischer@moundsparkacademy.org

From the National Association of School Psychologists: High profile acts of violence, particularly in schools, can confuse and frighten children who may feel in danger or worry that their friends or loved-ones are at risk. They will look to adults for information and guidance on how to react. Parents and school personnel can help children feel safe by establishing a sense of normalcy and security and talking with them about their fears.

Tips for talking to children about violence (source: National Association of School Psychologists)
How to talk to talk with kids about terrible things (source: NPR)

While our teachers have been trained on this topic and we enjoy a close, connected community, open conversations about difficult topics only strengthen our school climate. Here are some important resources to consider …

Community Education Presentation on Suicide Awareness and Prevention at MPA
Dr. Todd Savage, MPA parent and professor of school psychology at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and Dr. Scott Woitaszewski, also a professor of school psychology at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, offered this presentation to our entire community.
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Presentation

National Association of School Psychologists Suicide Prevention Resources 
Preventing Youth Suicide
Prevention Tips for Parents and Educators
Prevention Tips for Teens
"13 Reasons Why Season 2" Information

Additional Suicide Awareness and Prevention Resources
SAVE: Suicide Awareness Voices for Education
Community Resources
How To Help A Friend
Safety Protocol for Suicidal Students

"13 Reasons Why" Season Two MPA Presentation

Netflix released season two of the controversial series "13 Reasons Why" on Friday, May 18, 2018 and that has continued to generate significant concern among parents, educators, and mental health professionals. Examples of topics in the upcoming series are rape and sexual assault, gun violence, bullying, and adults that seem unable to help young people. In anticipation of the release, there was an MPA Grade 7-12 Parent Meeting held on Tuesday, May 15, with MPA Upper School Counselor, Ashley Cooper and Director of Guidance, Randy Comfort in order to make sure families had access to resources around these difficult topics. Please find the presentation at the right and additional resources below.

Below are two links about depression and signs that a child's behavior may warrant additional investigation.

Depression in children

Depression in teenagers

General tips/website for friends and family of LGBTQ persons and how to find a culturally-competent provider.

Finding a Culturally Competent Provider

Tips and Resources for Friends and Family of LGBTQ Persons

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If your family is impacted by a natural disaster, you may find this resource from the National Association of School Psychologists helpful. Click here to access it