School Counselor and Learning Specialist Resources A to Z

Knowledge Topics
Mental Health
Educational Innovation
Network to Learn

Mental health professionals at Jewish day schools and yeshivas were asked to share mental health resources they found particularly useful in their practice. Below are those resources organized by topic.

If you would like to suggest a resource please contact Rachel Dratch at [email protected]


General ADHD / Parenting Books

Children’s Books

Young Adult Books

ADHD Organizations



Apps and Other Resources

Test Taking Anxiety 


Body Image & Eating Disorders


Calming Down Activities


Collaborative Problem Solving

The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach for addressing lagging skills and youth mental health.

Dyslexia and Dysgraphia

Executive Functioning

Gifted & Talented

  • Books for Twice Exceptional Learners published by Prufrock Press- Prufrock Press offers teachers and parents exciting, research-based resources for helping gifted, advanced, and special needs learners succeed.
  • Gifted Child Quarterly publishes original research and new and creative insights about giftedness and talent development in the context of the school, the home, and the wider society.
  • National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) - This is the nation’s leading organization focused on the needs of gifted and talented children. Dedicated to uplifting and empowering those who support children with advanced abilities, NAGC provides energizing professional learning, impactful research, and inspiring advocacy to ensure all children have equitable opportunities and support to develop their gifts and talents. This is a good place to begin when you are searching for position papers or resources. The 2019 Gifted Programming Standards may be of particular interest in helping your school build a framework of how best to serve gifted (and 2E) students.The Renzulli Center for Creativity, Gifted Education and Talent Development advocates for a broadened conception of giftedness, and a focus on the development of potential in groups not ordinarily included in special programs for the gifted and talented. The center offers a wide variety of professional learning, webinar opportunities, resources and services.
  • Teaching Twice Exceptional Learners in Today’s Classroom (published 2021) by Emily Kircher-Morris, M.A., M.Ed., LPC, podcast host of The Neurodiversity Podcast and 2E student herself. Emily has taught in gifted classrooms, has been a school counselor, and is now in private practice as a licensed professional counselor, where she specializes in helping gifted, twice-exceptional, and neurodivergent people.
  • Twice Exceptional: Definition, Characteristics and Identification by Davidson Institute - This article explains what it means for a student to be twice exceptional. It also gives practical approaches towards identifying twice-exceptional students.


  • Dr. Paula Olszewski-Kubilius - Director of the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University and a professor at the School of Education and Social Policy. Over the past 30 years, she has created programs for all kinds of gifted learners and written extensively on issues of talent development, particularly on programming for under-represented gifted students. Contact at [email protected] | 847/491-3782
  • Lookbook from the 2021 twice exceptional conference in 2021 at William and Mary Center for Gifted Education. Check through to see which presenters you may want to contact depending on the issue you are facing.

LGBTQ+ Students: Mental Health Support

Jewish Sources on Mental Health

Physical and Emotional Abuse

PTSD, Trauma Informed Teaching



Whole Child Approach

Universal Design for Learning

Systems Designs for School

The following publications are all valuable for implementing a comprehensive systems-level tiered approach to addressing mental health in schools. The system was originally created for specialized learning support. While the models are similar, each of the publications has its advantages. The Dept. of Ed is the most informative with case studies etc., The JED Foundation is the simplest and most contemporary, and the SAMHSA publication presents a pathway for effective implementation.

Building a Comprehensive School Mental Health System

The Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) framework has helped Jewish day schools in Massachusetts and beyond develop comprehensive systems of support integrating Social-Emotional Learning, Academic support and mental health interventions at the universal, supplemental, and intensive levels in order to promote success for all.

In this engaging session, experts from Gateways: Access to Jewish Education introduce the MTSS framework and lead you through an initial asset and gap analysis of your own schools’ infrastructure, supports, and interventions. This will enable school decision makers, learning specialists, counselors to discuss possible next steps toward comprehensive systems development in your school. Watch the recording here.

SEL Research


Substance Abuse Disorders