At only nine years old, Trina had a reputation for aggressive behavior. Teachers referred her to Faulk Center for Counseling's in-school weekly group sessions. During one activity, the children were asked to write something positive on notecards about each other. When Trina read the cards describing her, she was surprised by the nice comments. Although she was known for fighting in school, the children in her group recognized her as caring and respectful — and this positive acknowledgment from her peers had a profound impact on her own self-perception.
Later that week, she encountered two girls in the hallway who, according to Trina, were "looking for a fight." Rather than respond aggressively, she thought about the words on the notecards and decided not to be a "bad person" because there were many "good things" about herself. During the next group meeting, Trina proudly shared her experience, and then placed a notecard in the center of their circle. It said, "You are all nice and caring. I feel safe here."
Through funding assistance from The Jim Moran Foundation, the Faulk Center for Counseling delivers its School Preventative Counseling program to nearly 170 youth in 12 elementary and middle schools in low-income areas of Palm Beach County. Each year, approximately 75% of participating students show significant improvement in their emotional, social and behavioral functioning.
To explore the Faulk Center for Counseling's programs, visit its website.