School Counselor

 
Mr. Wadham holding a frame around his smiling face.

 

Michael Wadham, MSW, LSW
wadham.michael@oakwoodschools.org
937-297-5338

What is a School Counselor?

School Counselors (previously referred to as Guidance Counselors) support all students in grades PreK-12 with academic achievement, social and emotional development and career planning. Ohio School Counselors are licensed and have completed an approved master’s program and an extensive internship. 

A school counselor’s work is multifaceted. We guide, teach, encourage, and lead as needed. Sometimes you’ll find us with a student in an individual counseling session, or teaching a classroom lesson about emotional literacy, communication skills, or conflict management. On other days, we may spend time supporting students with behavioral needs, or fostering new relationships between new and old students through group and project-based interactions. We work hard every day to ensure each of our students are set up for success not only academically, but socially, emotionally, and psychologically. Taking a “whole child” approach and addressing overall wellness, we recognize the significance, benefit, and advantage to maintaining a healthy balance between each of these domains. 

Many of our strategies are enhanced by collaboration with passionate teachers and administrators, community agencies, the MCESC, or research-informed socioemotional curricula or programs, such as the Zones of Regulation or even our own BOLD or Timber initiatives.  However, there are also times when the scope of the services we provide may need to be supplemented with additional resources, and we are equipped to make these referrals and connect you, our students and families, with the help you need, when you need it. Any one of us are able to get this information to you upon request, or as we see needs arise. Whether it’s an app for your phone, internet links, a community support group or student club to join, books or doctors to recommend, or educational events to attend, we are here for you to light the way to wellness, and demonstrate that No Lumberjack Is Alone.

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Staying Connected

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We understand that the decisions everyone has faced this year have not been easy, and we value and respect each family's choice. No matter what Option you've selected, we hear and share your concerns that your child still needs to feel connected to our Harman family and has opportunities to socialize, so we have plans to make sure that happens! Once routines have been established and everyone has had the chance to settle in, we will offer virtual student club meetings and social chats in order to help our students build and maintain interpersonal relationships and social connections. Here are some options!

♻️ The Green Thumbs πŸŒ±
Google Classroom code: pddyxkj
If you care about recycling, ecology, gardening, sustainability ("going green"), or the climate and environment, this club is for you!

πŸ™‹‍♀️ Adopted Kids Club πŸ™‹πŸΎ‍♂️
Google Classroom code: rm5dv6o
Were you adopted? Was someone in your family adopted? Want to learn more about adoption? Everyone's got a story to tell. Share your own, and listen to others! In this club, we play games, read books, and get visits from staff and community members who share their experiences with adoption as well!

πŸ’Œ KINDling Club πŸ€
Google Classroom code: 45m4r3v
Want to make the world a KINDer place? In KINDling Club, we will create and complete service projects, recognize and do random acts of KINDness throughout the school and community, notice and support people who need a little extra care, talk about ways to make the world a better place, be student leaders and stand up for others at all times, and share laughs and grow stronger!

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Military Kids Club πŸŒ
Google Classroom code: 22tq5cl
In Military Kids Club, we connect with other students who have been through deployments, PCS, and all kinds of military-related challenges civilian kids do not. In the past, we've video chatted with deployed parents, shared stories about our adventures from around the world, and made connections with each other. 

πŸ‘πŸ½ The Good News πŸ‘πŸ»
Google Classroom code: hbal7zy
The Good News is our new Harman Family paper! Established to celebrate the good things that are happening in our lives, our school, and our community, The Good News will begin with monthly online publications, and can be read here. Students may submit their own Good News (an A+ on a test, a new level belt at karate, a dance recital -- there's no limit to the good news one can supply!) on the bulletin board outside my office, or by filling out this Google form. Let's focus on all the wonderful things that are happening in our lives!

If you'd like to participate in any of the clubs, join the Google Classroom with your @oakwoodschools.org email address!

Character Education

OCSD's Timber Character Education Program aims to create an environment where staff and students work together to foster an overall sense of community. Students come together to communicate ideas and connect with one another. As a team, students are encouraged to participate, be kind, include everyone, and grow as individuals.

To learn more about this program and see the full scheduled for the 2020-2021 school year, go to our Timber page. 

Mr. Wadham's Virtual Office

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Mr. Wadham's Virtual Office can be found on Google Classroom using the code g5x4v6k. Here, you'll find resources for character education, emotional regulation, mental health, and wellness!

Mr. Wadham's Words

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Check out my weekly blog: Mr. Wadham's Words.

Mr. Wadham's Walk & Talks

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Have something on your mind? Want to spend a little time with Mr. Wadham and talk? If you would, fill out this brief survey and he'll email you to set up a time.

The Good News

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To read Harman's new online student paper, The Good News, click here!

Do you have some Good News?! Share something wonderful, funny, or celebration worthy about one (or more!) of our Harman students or staff -- and we'll include it in an upcoming edition of The Good News! Click here to submit your Good News as often as you like!

Get Social!

Subscribe to Mr. Wadham's Office on social media to get regular updates, book and video recommendations, read-alouds, and other inspirational content related to mental health and socioemotional wellness!

Instagram logo and handle, "misterwadhamsoffice"

 

Emergency Numbers

If you, your student, or a peer is experiencing more extensive or crisis-related concerns (such as severe depression, self-harm, harm to others, or suicidal ideation), please contact one of the following resources:

  • Crisis Care (937) 224-4646

  • Crisis Text Line-Text CONNECT to 741741

  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK

  • Drug and Poison Control: 1-800-222-1222

  • 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)

  • Dayton Children’s Crisis Center for students 17 or younger:

    • Monday through Friday 8:00 am - midnight

    • Saturday and Sunday 2:00 pm - midnight

    • Visit the ER during other times

  • Miami Valley Hospital or Kettering Medical Center ER - if 18 or older

Counseling Services

Michael Wadham's Background

After 11 years as the musical director and Lumberjack Theatre Advisor at OHS, Michael Wadham is starting a new adventure at Oakwood Schools as the School Counselor at Harman. 

Michael, a Wright State and Miami University graduate and a master's level licensed social worker, previously worked as a child and family therapist at Webster Street Academy in Dayton, and joins us from Springfield City Schools where he served as a Behavior Specialist. Michael's passion for social work and its associated ethics and values (such as empowerment, service, social justice, identifying and leveraging individual or group strengths, the dignity and worth of the individual, and the importance of human relationships) will be central to his practice as school counselor.

Through character education and socio-emotional lessons, in addition to family, classroom, administrative, and community collaboration, the students at Harman have the opportunity to not only become well-prepared for the educational requirements of junior high and beyond, but they will be armed with skills (executive functioning, emotional intelligence, social and life skills) to serve them a lifetime as well.