Caroline County Public Schools are  excited to partner with the Cook Center for Human Connection and their Mental Health and Wellness Resource Center: ParentGuidance.org. This is a Mental Health and Well-Being library for all families that provide any adult and caretaker in the district with a trusted place to go for qualified answers to the toughest parenting challenges from the premier therapists, psychologists and psychiatrists in their respective specialties who offer compassionate, anonymous, and supportive guidance for you and your children.

This FREE resource offers over 50 courses in English and Spanish created and given by licensed clinicians addressing topics like: Anxiety, Depression, Self-Harm, Bullying, Social Media, Substance Abuse, Grief and Loss etc.

The 4 Components of this Mental Health and Wellness Program includes the following services for our community:  

1. Monthly Virtual Mental Health Webinars – as chosen by our very own CCPS parents in a community survey

2. Parent Coaching : 1:1 Parent Coaching provides: A personalized approach to help parents with their family’s specific needs.

Each parent is paired with their own CBT-certified coach for one year. Behavioral strategies that support positive parenting outcomes are offered in a confidential weekly video call. Your coach is also available to message 24/7 through the app! 

  • Sign in to ParentGuidance.org  
  • Click on “parent coaching” to sign up for a trained parenting coach then select “Register for Coaching”
  • Fill out the brief questionnaire and you will be paired with your own coach:  every week you will have a 1:1 video call to receive personal and supportive guidance on behavior strategies you can use to address any challenges you are facing with your family.  Coaching is free and confidential.

3.Online Parenting On-Demand Courses

  • In ParentGuidance.org, click on “Courses” select over 50 plus free courses in the privacy of your own home. Once you are registered you can go back and complete any courses you started at your convenience in the privacy of your own home.

4. Ask a Therapist

  • In ParentGuidance.org, click on “Ask a Therapist” to review therapist video responses to Frequently Asked Questions submitted by parents, or submit a question of your own. 

Questions: Contact Rachel Wheeler, Coordinator of Student Support Services at rwheeler@ccps.us


Don’t miss our next Mental Health session “Bullying- Stop the Cycle” on Feb 27, 2024 at 6:30 pm, where Dr. Melissa Lopez-Larson (with ParentGuidance.org) will share the importance of addressing bullying concerns both at home and in the schools. She will outline what bullying is and how parents can watch for signs and the importance of intervening if your child is being bullied.


You can register here: https://cookcenter.info/Feb27CarolineCoVA

Archived Recordings – Missed the Monthly Virtual Session?  Recordings will be posted here after the event!

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