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Prioritizing Wellness


Mater Dei is partnered with CHOC Children’s Psychology. We entered this partnership in Fall of 2020 as we felt that there were many opportunities for increasing wellness activities as well as addressing a range of mental health concerns. Mater Dei and CHOC’s partnership is comprehensive, with the focus on promoting the mental, emotional, and social development of students.

The photos above link to resources for parents and students.

The CHOC Psychology team includes a licensed psychologist, licensed clinical social worker, and resource specialist. They will be available to help with any mental health crises that might come up during the school day (Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.).


The CHOC Psychology team is available on campus, during the school day, for brief assessments, crisis Intervention, check-ins until linked to therapy, small groups, and mental health prevention programs for all students, parents, and faculty.

One of CHOC Children's primary goals is to establish an evidenced-based wellness program to prevent negative mental health outcomes, improve academic performance and career success, and increase overall sense of happiness and well-being. Please reference the student handbook for more information.





martes, 19 de septiembre de 2023 | 5:00 – 5:45 PM: ¿Por qué no comes? ¿Cómo es la relación de su hijo con la comida? 
  • Descripción: Una terapeuta de salud mentalde CHOCproporcionará educación sobre la alimentación saludable ycómo lasdiferencias culturales puedendesempeñar un papelen nuestrarelación con losalimentos. La presentacióntambién discutirá las banderas rojas comunes de la alimentación desordenada, los síntomasdel trastornoalimentario y cómoayudar a su hijoa mejorarsu relacióncon lacomida.
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Wednesday, September 20, 2023 | 5:00 – 5:45 PM: What to know when your child is diagnosed with an eating disorder 





Wednesday, October 18, 2023 | 12:00 – 12:45 PM : Under Pressure: Helping Your Child with School Stress & Academic Struggles 

  • Brief Description: Struggles at school are common for many children and teens. This presentation will review possible reasons that students have a hard time at school, as well evidence-based strategies for parents to support their child's well-being and help get them back on track. In addition, a brief overview will be given on types of formal accommodations schools may be able to provide. 
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viernes, 20 de octubre de 2023 | 11:00 - 11:45 AM: Cómo ayudar a su hija/o a manejar el estrés escolar 

  • Descripción: Cuando elestrés escolar esalto y los estudiantesexperimentan presión significativa,esto puedeinterferir con su aprendizajey afectarsu estadode ánimo.Esta presentaciónproporcionará a loscuidadores/padres información, herramientas y recursos sobre cómo identificar cuándo losniveles de estrésescolar son altosy cómopueden brindar apoyoa susniños /adolescentes. 
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Monday, November 6, 2023 | 12:00 – 12:45 PM: Supporting Children Whose Loved Ones Have Mental Illness  

  • Brief Description: It can be really challenging when someone you love is struggling with their mental health. It can be even harder when you’re a kid or teen. In this webinar, we will explore the emotional experience children and teenagers go through when a family member or loved one has mental illness. Learn ways to recognize behaviors and reactions, how to offer emotional support, and when to connect to professional resources. 
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Tuesday, November 14, 2023 | 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM: Título de presentación: Ayudando y apoyando niños cuando seres queridos con una enfermedad mental  

  • Descripción: Tener un miembro de la familia con una enfermedad mental puede ser difícil de navegar dentro de nuestras familias y especialmente con los niños. Los niños a menudo internalizan las emociones de quienes los rodean, incluso cuando las emociones no se les han comunicado. Esta presentación es para ayudar a los padres a aprender cómo apoyar a sus hijos a comprender la enfermedad mental de un ser querido y promover habilidades de afrontamiento saludables.  
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Students, parents, coaches, and teachers can complete an online referral for multiple issues and questions. Please note: Referrals are not sent directly to CHOC Psychology. MD Counseling and CHOC Psychology work collaboratively to meet all student needs. Referrals are sent to the MD Counseling Department and triaged from there (see next question).

Referrals can be made for the following:

  • Academic concerns
  • College/Career Questions
  • Test Taking Anxiety
  • Time Management
  • Stress Management
  • Family Issues
  • Difficulty Making Friends
  • Low Self Esteem
  • Depression
  • Self-Harm
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Sexual Harassment/Assault
  • Other

Referrals are triaged during school hours by the CHOC Liaison/School Counselor, Mrs. Kellie Bauer, who relays mild concerns to the student's school counselor; school counselors meet with students for everyday stressors (relationship issues, stress, test-taking anxiety, etc.).  Moderate-severe concerns are sent to CHOC Psychology.

Please see below for an overview:

                                                                                                CHOC Flow Chart

If this is an emergency outside of school hours (7:30 a.m. 4:00 p.m. - Monday - Friday), please visit your nearest emergency department. You can also consult the following resource numbers: 

    • Crisis Assessment Team (CAT; parents must make the call): 1-866-830-6011
    • Crisis Youth Crisis Hotline (24 hrs): 1-800-843-5200
    • Suicide Prevention Lifeline:1-800-273-8255
    • Suicide Prevention Center(24 hrs): 1-800-784-2433
    • Crisis Text Line: 741741