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February 21, 2003

Albany- Counselors from around South Georgia are learning how to handle crises. With an impending war, many school counselors say they are trying to help students cope and remain mentally stable, despite their uncertainties and fears.

When crisis strikes, counselors are often the first to help victims cope and remain stable through tough situations.

Dougherty County School Crisis Intervention Director says, "Because of the role of counselors in the school, they're having to step up to the plate to provide for needs of students."

This is why these counselors are learning new lessons and updating their skills, and Dougherty County Crisis Intervention Coordinator, Barbara Turner, says it will not be easy.

Turner adds, "We're impacted here in Dougherty County because of the base here, so when the base goes on heightened alert, we do too."

As the possibility of war becomes more of a reality, many counselors say it's tough helping students deal with the uncertainty of war.

Counselor, Dr. Nancy Anson, says"We can anticipate response to crisis situations that may occur, within schools or marine base."

Rainbow facilitator, Wanda Cheeks, adds, "Sometimes all they want to do is let us listen and talk to us, especially if their parents are headed down the road to war."

Cheeks adds, "Kids will say I'm depressed that my mother or father have to go off to war, and they need someone to talk to."

These counselors say they are more than just counselors.

Barbara Turner adds, "They're substitute moms and dads for these kids." It's a role many counselors say they don't mind having.

About ninety-two counselors participated in the workshop from area school and community agencies.

Posted at 6:00PM by Jocelyn.Maner@walb.com