Prevention, Education, Intervention


    Josie Katz, MSW, LCADC, SIFI, CSW, SAC
    Middle School Social Worker
    Red Bank Borough Public Schools
    Office: 732-758-1500 x5165
    Fax: 732-345-9047

  • S.A.D (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

    Posted by Josie Katz at 11/29/2016

    What is SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder? It is a type of depression common during the fall and winter months.

    Here are some of the common symptoms of SAD:

    • Low energy
    • Depressed mood
    • Hopelessness
    • Irritability or anxiety
    • Poor concentration
    • Social withdrawal
    • Changes in sleep or/and appetite
    • Loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed

    What should you do about it? 

    • Go to bed at a regular time to get enough rest.
    • Develop a healthy eating schedule
    • Make your environment brighter – open blinds or curtains
    • Exercise!
    • Socialize!
    • Go out! Plan a vacation during the winter months if possible.


    If the symptoms do not improve, seek professional support. When treatment is sought, the recovery rate increases!


    Please visit the site below for additional information:

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  • Change.

    Posted by Josie Katz at 11/14/2016

    As we start a new marking period, please take the opportunity to start again. Forget about what or how you did the last marking period and focus on how and what you want to do this marking period. Follow these simple five steps:

    1. Identify the grades you want to earn this marking period
    2. Understand what you need to change (study skills, homework habits, etc.)
    3. Define a goal (A, B, C)
    4. Select the teachers/students that can help you reach your goal
    5. Implement the change

    "The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new." - Socrates

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  • Why does a child worry?

    Posted by Josie Katz at 11/7/2016

    How can we understand our child’s worry?

    Our brain is wired to react in a specific manner if one is worried or in danger. This means that our emotional part of the brain takes over and the logical part of the brain is placed on hold.

    So what does this mean?

    One can sometimes worry without being in immediate danger and the emotional brain takes over releasing an energy boost, uncomfortable feelings and where there are no place for those chemicals to go, one can experience physical ailments such as sweating, rapid breathing, rapid heart rate, trembling, tummy ache and it makes it hard to think clearly.

    Help your child practice coping skills …

    Please review the Understand Your Child's Worry.

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  • It's all in the way you approach a situation ...

    Posted by Josie Katz at 11/2/2016


    Worst Day Ever?

    by Chanie Gorkin

    Today was the absolute worst day ever
    And don't try to convince me that
    There's something good in every day
    Because, when you take a closer look,
    This world is a pretty evil place.
    Even if
    Some goodness does shine through once in a while
    Satisfaction and happiness don't last.
    And it's not true that
    It's all in the mind and heart
    True happiness can be attained
    Only if one's surroundings are good
    It's not true that good exists
    I'm sure you can agree that
    The reality
    My attitude
    It's all beyond my control
    And you'll never in a million years hear me say
    Today was a very good day

    Now read it from bottom to top, the other way,
    And see what I really feel about my day.

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  • Red Ribbon Week

    Posted by Amanda Robles at 10/25/2016

    The Truth About Drugs
    Why do people use drugs?

    People take drugs because they want to change something about their lives. Here are some of the reasons young people have given for taking drugs:
    · To fit in.

    · To escape or relax

    · To relieve boredom

    · To seem grown up

    · To rebel

    · To experiment

    The reality is that drugs are not the solution. And if you take drugs, the drugs become the problem. As difficult as it may be to face one’s problems, the consequences of drug use are always worse than the problem one is trying to solve with them. The real answer is to get the facts and not to take drugs in the first place!
    Drugs are essentially poison. They directly affect the mind. Drugs destroy creativity. Drugs cause an emotional plunge.
    Pledge to lead the way by:
    · Living a drug-free life

    · Showing your friends that a drug-free life is more fun.

    · Learning more about how drugs really harm people.

    · Telling people the truth about the harmful effects of drugs.

    · Helping family and friends to be drug-free.

    · Working with others to help spread the truth about drugs so together we create a drug-free Red Bank Middle School.

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