Personal/Social Development Resources

A - Z Resouce Manual for Counselors

Power Point - Working with Students who are "Frequent Fliers" to the Counseling Office

Addictions Resources
This site was developed in response to concern about the pro drug use messages in some Web sites and the extent of misinformation about drugs on the internet. The Web of Addictions is dedicated to providing accurate information about alcohol and drug addictions. This site is a resource for teachers, counselors, and students who need factual information. is a patient advocacy organization that aims to educate the public about medications, drug recalls and the side effects associated with thousands of different drugs, including the wide variety of medications. The organization is reviewed and certified by the Health On the Net (HON) Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation that works to preserve the accuracy and trustworthiness of Web-based medical information.

National Institute on Drug Abuse
The National Institute on Drug Abuse supports over 85% of the world’s research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction. This site lists information on drug abuse trends, treatment methods, research, and publications.

National Institute on Drug Abuse and Alcoholism
This website includes news, research, publications, and databases on alcohol and related problems. The NIDAA also provides leadership in the national effort to reduce the severe and often fatal consequences of these problems.

National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information
Information about illicit drugs, alcohol, and tobacco are provided in these websites. Also included are related links, funding information, a "kids only" page, and special features and campaigns.

Autism Resources

The West Virginia Guide to Accessing Services for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders

National Toolkit

Behavioral Mental Health Resources

Bureau for Behavioral Health an Health Facilities - Our mission is to ensure that positive meaningful opportunities are available for people with mental illness (children, adolescents, and adults), substance abuse, intellectual and developmental disabilities and those at risk. We provide support for individuals, families, and communities in assisting persons to achieve their potential and to gain greater control over the direction of their future. The Bureau recognizes the invaluable knowledge and experiences the consumers and families provide in helping to develop and improve services in West Virginia. The BBHHF operates under the auspices of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (WVDHHR). We envision a community that values and respects people and is responsive to their individual needs, wants and desires for the enrichment of their lives. We believe in integrity-based leadership that is flexible enough to respond to change that is guided by individuals, families, and communities.

Mental Health First Aid - Mental Health First Aid is a groundbreaking public education program that  helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Mental Health First Aid USA is managed, operated, and disseminated by three national authorities — the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health. Mental Health First Aid is offered in the form of an interactive 8-hour course that presents an overview of mental illness and substance use disorders in the U.S. and introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments. Those who take the 8-hour course to certify as Mental Health First Aiders learn a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

WV Expanded School Mental Health Website - This website contains a plethora of resources to assist schools in building/expanding a comprehensive mental health program, imcluding toolkits, a start-up guide, a comprehensive resource guide, information about the state steering team that leads the state's school mental health initiative and more.

Call to Action Video: Collaborating to Support Student Mental Health in WV - This video reviews WV Data and the need for mental health services in schools, calling schools to join the Expanded School Mental Health movement in WV.

At-a-glance School Mental Health Model- 3 Tier System Components

Graphic of Sample Programs and Services within WV ESMH Cross-Systems Model of Student Supports

Three-Tier Student Support Systems Model School Reflection Tool

Bullying Prevention

Bullying is NEVER Okay!

Legal Consequences of Bullying, appropriate for teachers, counselors, administrators, and parents.

See You in 7 is targeted for 6thgrade students and encourages them to start thinking about attending college NOW. If they do, then we will see them in college in 7 years.

Bullying Prevention Tips for School Personnel

Toolkits to Prevent Bullying in Classrooms USDE - Safe and Supportive Schools 2012

Training for Classroom Teachers on Bullying USDE

2010 Federal Report – Bullying in Schools: This study tested 51 characteristics of bullying victimization, bullying victims, and bullying victims’ schools to deter-mine which were associated with reporting to school officials.

Character Education - WVU Athletes Speak Out

Character. Own It.

Child Abuse Guidelines for WV Educators A guide for WV school personnel for recognizing and reporting child abuse and neglect.

Crisis Response Resources

Addressing Mental Health in School Crisis Prevention and Response: A Resource guide for WV Schools

American School Counselor Association: Helping Kids During Crisis, - What to Say in a time of Crisis - How to Help children in a Time of Crisis

Crisis Prevention and Response Resouces - UCLA

National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative:

The 3R's of School Crises and Disasters: Readiness, Response, and Recovery

Psychological First Aid Operations Guide:  Accompanying handouts are available. Psychological First Aid is an evidence-informed approach for assisting children, adolescents, adults, and families in the aftermath of disaster and terrorism.

Tips for Finding Help:

National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement: Guidelines for Responding to the Death of a Student or School Staff

Cyber Safety

Cyber Smart


Cyber Bullying Guide

Eating Disorders Informational Bulletins: SAMSA Article, Talking Points, Youth and Eating Disorders, CACO Flyer, Eating Disorders Brochure, Eating Disorders pdf.1, Eating Disorders pdf.2, Fact Sheet


American School Counselor Association (ASCA) webpage - Vetted resources for helping kids and families in crisis.

"What to do/understand w/traumatized kids after a flood"

Joint Letter of Support WVDE/WVDHHR

Leadership The Greenbrier Leadership Institute website contains free resources and tools to assist in building leadership capacity of students and school staff, including:

LGBTQ+ Support Resources

Boston Alliance of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Youth
BAGLY has been serving the LGBT Youth community for over twenty years. It is one of the most well known and respected institutions in the community for its dedication to creating a safe-space where youth are free to explore their identities.

Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere
COLAGE is the only national and international organization in the world specifically supporting young people with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender parents.

LGBTQ Student Resources & Support: Accredited Schools Online The guide was produced in part by Eugene Patron and Dr. Deb Cohan, two experts in the field of building awareness and support of the LGBTQ community. A few highlights from the guide are:

- Common hardships faced by LGBTQ college students and how to deal with them
- Scholarships available for LGBTQ students
- Interviews with our two experts, and an array of external support resources

LGBTQ Students and College Affordability This LGBTQ guide covers several important topics including:

  • Scholarships & Financial Aid for the LGBTQ Community
  • Assessing a School’s LGBTQ Community
  • LGBTQ Initiatives on Campus
  • Academics as a LGBTQ
  • Other National and Campus Organizations

The It Gets Better Project's mission is to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them.

The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network
An organization that is provides resources and information to ensure safe and effective schools for all students.

The Safe Schools Coalition
The Safe Schools Coalition is an international public-private partnership in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth, that is working to help schools - at home and all over the world - become safe places where every family can belong, where every educator can teach, and where every child can learn, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.

Think B4 You Speak
This campaign aims to raise awareness about the prevalence and consequences of anti-LGBT bias and behavior in America’s schools. Ultimately, the goal is to reduce and prevent the use of homophobic language in an effort to create a more positive environment for LGBT teens.

YouthResource: A Project of Advocates For Youth
Resources on sexual health, coming out, everyday life and advocacy of youth

Love Is Not Abuse Curriculum

Online Resources Connecting Juvenile Justice and Dropout Prevention: This is a fabulous set of recources that include documents on adolescent development, agression rduction, bullying, sharing of records, crisis intervention, dropout prevention, drug-endangered children, early identification and interventions, school connectedness, evidenced based practices, family engagement, school based mental health and more.

Mentoring the Disengaged Student Kim Schanock; Elizabeth Wetzel - Green Bay Area School District

National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect
This is a national resource for professionals seeking information on prevention, identification, and treatment of child abuse, neglect, and related child welfare issues.

This website is filled with information, ideas and activities for successfully transitioning middle school students.

Improving Child/Student Relationships Through the Use of Love and Logic

Positive Youth Development: This is a great website for resources regarding positive youth development.  Includes tools to use with students, power points for training teachers, activities.....

Safe Schools/Violence Prevention - WV Safe Schools website includes resources and research related to school safety. Also includes a video made as a result of the February 2013 WV Safe Schools Summit.

School Safety - 2013 Position Statement by the American Association of School Administrators

Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools to Improve Learning: A Response to Intervention (RtI) Model

A Safe School for All: How to Build a Multi-Tiered Anti-Bullying Program
Kelly Rowe; Margaret Kubek - Green Bay Area School District

Violence Warning Signs and Threat Assessment
Susan Sibole, Youth Risk Prevention Specialists, LLC

School Based Mental Health Resources

Using Multi-Tiered Systems of Support as a Bridge for Integrating Mental Health Services in Schools: WEBINAR This webinar addresses PBIS, ESMH and System of Care for schools. Two states are featured: Illinois and Pennsylvania and the content touched on topics such as role of school counselors, universal risk screening, consent, outcome evaluation and the family’s perspective. Make sure you listen to the Q and A at the end; there were several good ideas during that discussion.

West Virginia Enhanced School Mental Health Website. This website provides many resources to assist schools in creating a collaborative partnership with their community mental health specialists to build an effective school mental health program in your school. This website provides actual tools and resources related to the WV ESMH Model, as well as, evidenced based practices and research to help gain support for this initiative in your school.

West Virginia School Based Health Assembly - A statewide membership orgainzation promoting comprehensive school based health. This site also contains tools developed by Marshall University's Technical Assistance team to assist schoos in planning and implementing school based mental health programs.

International Alliance for Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Schools - Intercamhs is a new international alliance that aims to promote the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.

Self Injury: The Cutting Edge: Non-Suicidal Self-Injury in adolescents <> - Janis Whitlock, Cornell University, discusses ways to address self-injury. (15 minutes). A text version is also available in the December 2009 edition of Research fACTs and Findings <> (pdf).

Sexual Assault Information Page
This is a not-for-profit information and referral service providing information about rape and acquaintance rape, child sexual abuse, incest, ritual abuse, sexual assault, and sexual harassment. Also included is information about counseling and legal sources.Middle school transitions


Early Intervention and Screening for Suicide - This toolkit was developed by the WV Expanded School Mental Health Steering Committee to assist schools in early identification of at-risk students and best practices related to suicide screening.

Follow through steps after assessing suicidal risk - checklist

Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools - SAMSA - Assists high schools and school districts in designing and implementing strategies to prevent suicide and promote positive behavioral health. The toolkit includes tools to implement a multi-faceted suicide prevention program that responds to the needs and cultures of students.

WV ASPEN SUICIDE Project: Prevention Information and Resources

WVBOE Guidelines for Suicide Prevention Professional Development - Jason Flack Act