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Lively discussion of topics that impact parents and students related to Counseling and Social Services within the Chandler Unified School District (CUSD).
Feb 28, 2020
NAMI (National Association of Mental Illness) Resources for Parents and Caregivers
Brenda Vargas, Director of Counseling and Social Services, speaks with Tracy Sloat, Executive Director and representative of NAMI working with the Valley of the Sun, a local affiliate of the national organization, who shares the many resources available through NAMI that include free classes for parents as well as online options. This conversation also includes a student perspective by a college student named Haley, who shares her personal struggle with mental illness.
Feb 25, 2020
Meet Superintendent Kathy Hoffman!
Brenda Vargas, Director of Counseling and Social Services, speaks with Arizona Department of Education Superintendent Kathy Hoffman to discuss the many ways the ADE and the Superintendent are working to assist our students with student wellness and education enhancements while working along side Governor Ducey's office on positive initiatives such as the recent expansion of the School Safety Grant Program which will now include grants for Counselors and Social Workers as well as Security Officers.
Feb 7, 2020
ASU Counseling Center
Brenda Vargas speaks with Carrie Monica, Assistant Director at ASU Counseling Center and a licensed clinical Social Worker, on how to successfully navigate Mental Health Services at a university.
Feb 3, 2020
The Right College Fit for Your Student's Social Emotional Needs
Brenda Vargas, Director of Counseling and Social Services, speaks with Dr. Aaron Krasnow, Associate Vice President of Health and Counseling at Arizona State University regarding what to look for in a university that can assist in the social emotional needs of your student as they begin their search for the right college and the experiences it can offer.
Jan 31, 2020
College Admissions and Recruitment
Brenda Vargas, Director of Counseling and Social Services, speaks with Brad Baertsch, ASU's Director of first Year Recruitment and Admissions and Dr. Aaron Krasnow, ASU Associate Vice President of Health and Counseling regarding the ins and outs of college admissions and recruitment.
Dec 17, 2019
Understanding Depression in Youth
Brenda Vargas discusses the topic of understanding depression in youth with Ryan Helton,MSC,LPC from Transcend Counseling Services LLC.
Nov 5, 2019
The Impact of Video Games
Brenda Vargas speaks with Victoria Saylor, Arizona Regional Manager of Education at Common Sense Education, on the impact that video games have on our children.
Nov 5, 2019
Impact of Technology
Brenda Vargas speaks with Victoria Saylor, Arizona Regional Manager for Education at Common Sense Education, about the impact technology has on our global society today and students in particular.
Sep 6, 2019
Vaping from a Medical Perspective, Part 2
Brenda Vargas interviews Dr. James Bogash, chiropractor. Dr. Bogash describes the bigger danger beyond nicotine in regards to vaping. He also discusses in detail the toxic exposures such as heavy metals and the possible medical implications that vaping is having on our youth. Click here for additional information on vaping from Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse.
Aug 20, 2019
Dealing with Anxiety
Brenda Vargas interviews Ryan Helton, therapist. Ryan Helton describes the signs and symptoms of anxiety, how to know when it's beyond the "normal", and shares simple strategies that anyone can incorporate. Ryan also suggests some options for treatment.
Aug 15, 2019
Vaping from a Behavioral Health Perspective, Part 1
Brenda Vargas (formerly Ramos) interviews Jeff Wondoloski, Community Liaison from Aurora Behavioral Health regarding the effects of vaping on behavior. Jeff describes what vaping is. He also discusses the basic facts of vaping, the most common type of vaping youth are using, JUUL, how it works, the trend, social acceptance and myths and facts.
Aug 15, 2019
What is a counselor? How can they help you?
Inaugural podcast. We're very excited to be able to bring to parents and community members topics that impact parents and students related to Counseling and Social Services within the Chandler Unified School District (CUSD). Guest: Anna Cicero, 30-year veteran teacher and counselor.
Aug 13, 2019
Chandler CARE Center: How can it help you?
Brenda Ramos interviews Katie Kahle, Director of the Chandler Care Center. Katie Kahle describes the mission and services provided by the Chandler Care Center.
Jul 18, 2019
Starting Kindergarten: Helping your new kindergartner get ready for Back to School!
Brenda Ramos interviews Cynthia Howell, counselor at Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary School in Chandler Unified School District about making the transition to kindergarten. Topics: What does the first day look like? How can the school counselor support you and your student?
Jul 15, 2019
Transitioning to Junior High!
Brenda Ramos interviews Stacy Pillar, counselor at Bogle Junior High, with tips for parents, what to expect when making the transition from elementary to junior high.
Jul 15, 2019
Starting High School: Helping your new freshman get ready for Back to School
Brenda Ramos interviews Nancy Spilsbury, Lead Counselor at Basha High. Tips on preparing your new freshman for high school and what to expect.