Supporting the Whole Child & Relationships

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  • The Prevention & Intervention Office provides services to students aimed at helping kids learn to make healthy choices and to avoid risky behaviors. 

    At the core of these services is the promotion of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). SEL is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

    A continuum of care is key to providing a comprehensive approach. The continuum of care acknowledges the importance of prevention programming at school-wide, group, and individual levels. For those students and families that need additional support, we link with community organizations and partners to assist with mental health and wellness. We seek to prepare all students for long-term success in life and to develop responsible, caring citizens in our multicultural society.

    Our office supports the pillar of Academic Excellence in Pickerington Schools’ Plan for Progress by addressing the Whole Child and Relationships. We work with school counselors, social work interns, administrators, and staff to promote student success and family engagement through social and emotional learning, prevention programming, and community connections.

  • Executive Director of Prevention and Intervention Cathy Ely

  • Dr. Cathy Ely

    Executive Director of Prevention & Intervention

    Phone: 614-920-1813

    Email Dr. Ely

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Prevention & Intervention Resources

      • ParentGuidance.orgThe following FREE resources are being made available to our Pickerington Schools parents through a grant from the Fairfield County Educational Service Center and the Cook Center for Human Connection. offers education and therapeutic support to parents and educators supporting children’s mental health. ParentGuidance.orgs library of courses was developed by leading mental health experts. It aims to offer users hope, answers, and help. Parent coaching is available.

        In addition, the award-winning animated series, My Life is Worth Living, is available for viewing on YouTube. My Life is Worth Living is the first animated series about teen mental health produced by the Cook Center for Human Connection and Wonder Media. The series tells the stories of young people facing some of today’s most difficult issues and how they come to the decision that life is worth living. Free wraparound curriculum and discussion guides are available

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