I have been at Christ the King since August 2007 and I was also here part-time from August 2000-May 2003 through Catholic Charities. I worked at Catholic Charities for 9 years and during that time I also worked at Sacred Heart, St. Michaels and St. Anthony De Padua.
I am originally from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where I attended Northern Michigan University. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. My husband and I moved to lower Michigan to attend graduate school at Andrews University in Berrien Springs. I completed my Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling and immediately continued into the doctoral program in Counseling Psychology at Andrews University. Although I completed all but my dissertation (ABD), I decided to focus on family rather than complete the doctoral degree.
I enjoy spending time with my family and watching my children participate in their many activities. We try to travel back to the Upper Peninsula a couple times a year and enjoy being outdoors appreciating nature.
With over thirty-five years of research and successful implementation all over the world, OBPP is a whole-school program that has been proven to prevent or reduce bullying throughout a school setting.
The program was founded by Dr. Dan Olweus, a research professor of psychology from Norway. He is often considered the “pioneer” in bullying research.” He has spent several decades researching the issue of bullying to help keep children safe in schools and other settings.
All students and adults participate
The Olweus Bullying Prevention Programis designed for students in elementary, middle, and junior high schools (students ages five to fifteen years old). Research has shown that OBPP is also effective in high schools, with some program adaptation. All students participate in most aspects of the program, while students identified as bullying others, or as targets of bullying, receive additional individualized interventions.
The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is designed to improve peer relations and make schools safer, more positive places for students to learn and develop. Goals of the program include:
- reducing existing bullying problems among students
- preventing the development of new bullying problems
- achieving better peer relations at school
Outcomes of the Program
Statistics show how successful implementation of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program can reduce school bullying. Outcomes have included:
- Fifty percent or more reductions in student reports of being bullied and bullying others. Peer and teacher ratings of bullying problems have yielded similar results.
- Significant reductions in student reports of general antisocial behavior such as school bullying, vandalism, school violence, fighting, theft, and truancy.
- Significant improvements in the classroom social climate as reflected in students’ reports of improved order and discipline, more positive social relationships, and more positive attitudes toward schoolwork and school.
- Greater support for students who are bullied, and stronger, more effective interventions for students who bully.
The Christ the King Catholic School Counseling center provides counseling services to the children individually, in groups and in the classrooms. Counseling services will require written parental consent after one meeting. Students, parents and teachers can request a meeting. The goal is to help students resolve problems that they may be experiencing in order for them to be able to focus on their schoolwork. The center also coordinates the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. The center also meets with students in a community building activity during their lunch period (Lunch Bunch.) Students choose to participate in this activity and parents are then notified that their child would like to participate.
The Counselor’s role with the program consists of two aspects:
Committee Chair/Coordinator – Mrs. Taulbee oversees the program, schedules/plans regular committee meetings, organizes the annual assessment, organizes assessment results and relays the results to committee, staff, and community members and parents, collects classroom meeting data from teachers, maintains logs of bullying incidents, trains all new incoming staff and provide guidance to teachers, staff, parents and community members as needed.
Counselor – Meets individually with students involved, if needed (If they have not already meet with a teacher or administrator). The counselor also speaks to parents of the students with whom she meets with. A student may be required to meet with the counselor if there appears to be a pattern of being bullied or bullying behavior. She conducts classroom meetings throughout the school year, provides resources to teachers allowing them to conduct their classroom meetings, provides consultation regarding bullying/potential bullying behavior. The counselor meets with pairs/groups of students to resolve relational issues that would not be considered bullying behavior, but may turn in to bullying behavior.
Books about feelings:
“The Way I Feel” by Janin Cain
“Today I Feel Silly: And Other Moods that Make My Day” by Jamie Lee Curtis
“When Sophie Gets Angry – Really, Really Angry” by Molly Bang
“The Way I Feel” Books by Cornelia Maude Spelman “When I’m Feeling…” Books by Trace Moroney
“The Feelings Book” by Todd Parr
“Let’s Talk About Feeling Afraid” by Joy Berry
“How Are You Peeling?” by Saxton Freymann
“Visiting Feelings” by Lauren Rubenstein
A Letter from Christ the King Counselor’s Center about the Netflix Documentary “13 Reasons Why” – click here
Common Sense Media:
All information you or your child share with the Counseling Center will be kept confidential. Only with your written permission will information be released to anyone outside of the center except as required by law. Legal exceptions include the following:
- clear and imminent danger to your child or someone else
- if there is a reasonable expectation that your child will engage in dangerous conduct
- reasonable suspicion that a child or elder is currently being abused
- a court order
The Counseling Center records do not become part of student educational or medical records. While our staff members may consult with a supervisor or with one another, all staff members are ethically and legally bound to treat that information confidentially.