Grant keeps therapist full-time at Gocio Elementary


SARASOTA- A mental health therapist will continue on full-time at Gocio Elementary thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

The Florida Center for Early Childhood received the $25,000 grant in support of the mental health professional position that began in August 2017. The position is intended to support needs of both the child and the family to break the cycle of trauma.

“This position is really in place to help families who are maybe struggling in school with some of their behaviors,” Kristie Skoglund said. “And so we not only just deal with the children, we also try to work with the family. So that’s one of the benefits of this position, is that the clinician actually has time to meet with the family and really dig into some of those family systems issues that may be impacting the child.”

This helps the family support children in their effort to be successful in the classroom, and create a less-stressful environment for the whole family.

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