When students have a problem or situation they can't get resolved on their own, they have the option of filling out a quick form and dropping it in a locked box on the door of the counseling room at school. These issues can be anything from a fight with a friend, a disagreement with a teacher, parent or other adult, or a death in the family. I do have students request on the form that I see them on a day when Copper is working. I try my best to make that happen.
The counseling room can become a place where bad news is shared with students. These times are not planned but the adults involved sense that the supports provided in that moment were better than other places or times. I have had parents share that they were getting a divorce or that the family was facing homelessness. Students have also been informed that there was a death in the family or they are being placed in foster care. Copper has been present when this news is shared. He seems to sense whom in the room needs his attention. At times, he will move over to the adult who is trying to communicate bad news and simply sits next to them while they pet his head and scratch him behind his ears. Kids will often sit on the floor next to him and pet him or do something a little more active like hiding a toy and asking him to find it. Each occasion is different than the prior one.