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Mrs. Dotson

Welcome, Pirate Families, to the Southeast Middle School Counseling page:
     Scroll down the page to view newsletters and other counseling resources for parents.           At Southeast, we follow the National Standards for a school counseling program and promote mental health and growth through:
Academic Development 
Career Development
Personal/Social Development

Why do Parents/Students Contact the School Counselor?

How can students talk to the School Counselor?

  • Student Achievement
  • Family difficulties/ crises
  • Test Interpretation
  • Special Needs of their child
  • Counseling Groups
  • Career Interest
  • Available Community Resources dealing with finances/ parenting skills/ drug prevention or rehabilitation
  • Appointment made by the School Counselor
  • Appointment made by the student
  • Parent Referral
  • Teacher Referral
  • Contact in hallway, or at lunch
  • Drop in


Counseling Lunch Groups available to all Middle School Students:

"GO" (guys only)

Tough Stuff

 Study Skills


 Problem Solvers 

 This group provides support for middle school boys as they navigate the world of male stereotypes and expectations.  Information is geared to helping boys appropriately express emotions and feel self-esteem.In this group, students learn the skills needed to control and appropriately express strong emotions. We learn to deal with difficult situations at home and at school. In study skills, students learn how to organize, memorize, study for tests and effectively manage their time.Girlfriends group teaches girls to have self-esteem and a positive self-image while striving for healthy self improvement.Students in "Problem Solvers"  further their knowledge of appropriate social skills and leadership skills. We learn to strive for positive experiences and   quality friendships.


 Some Community Events Coming Soon:
 For Portage County Mental Health and Recovery Board Events and Programs, click on the link below:

Managing Holiday Stress and Covid
The following link provides really useful tools and suggestions for taking care of ourselves and our children during particularly stressful times.  

TEACHable Moments from Know!
Click on the links below to access newsletters from the Prevention Action Alliance.  These are resources for parents to help them become educated and proactive about current trends in the areas of Drug Abuse, Mental Health, Cybersafety and Bullying.
Drug Abuse:

Mental Health: Red Flags


Pandemic/Covid Related Stress:


 Information for parents regarding recent social media trends in society:
Some students and parents have been talking about a popular television series having to do with adolescent suicide.  They have had questions and concerns about the contents and portrayals in the series.  The Mental Health and Recovery Board of Portage County has shared an article that may help in any discussions you may have with your child.  Here is the link to the article: 
Another helpful brochure about the TV series was published by KNOW (a program by the Drug Free Action Alliance).  Access the brochure by clicking on the link below: 
 There are also dangerous websites increasing in popularity dealing with issues of self-harm.  More information is available through the Know! newsletter (Prevention, Action, Alliance). See the links below:
Information on Grief and Support Groups:
Information for Survivors of Trauma:
Parent Resources: 
If you have concerns for your child regarding depression or self-harm, please feel free to contact any of these community agencies:


Children's Advantage
520 North Chestnut Street
Ravenna, OH 44266

Coleman Professional Services
3920 Lovers Lane
Ravenna, OH 44266

Townhall 2 Helpline
Suicide Prevention and Crisis Intervention
We have updated information on CCP during the months of January and February. If you missed the meeting for College Credit Plus, you can find the information discussed as well as a video of the presentation from the meeting on the Southeast High School Website.  Feel free to call with any questions or concerns.

Mrs. Dotson's Bio:

I am so happy to be the School Counselor at Southeast Middle School.  I enjoy working with the wonderful students, parents and staff. I received my Masters in Education at the University of Akron and I live in Cuyahoga Falls with my husband, Tim and our two boys, John and Ben.   We love going to the park and watching movies (Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings are my favorites!).  


         Proud to be a Pirate!

Monthly Newsletters

Feel free to view the School Counseling Newsletter  for Southeast Middle School every month. 

October Newsletter
November Newsletter

December Newsletter
January Newsletter 
February Newsletter
March Newsletter
April Newsletter
May Newsletter 
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