Counselor - Mrs. DeBenedetto

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    Thank you for visiting my class page!  I'm so glad you're here!

    My name is Mrs. DeBenedetto and I am the Switlik Elementary School Counselor and Anti-Bullying Specialist

    You are welcome to contact me at 732-833-4650 ext. 4130 or by email

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    FREE Virtual Support & Resources from RWJBarnabas Health

    NJ Hope and Healing | Center for Family Services
    RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery’s Hope and Healing Program offers emotional support services, education, and community-based resources for individuals and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
    This program aims to assist those impacted by the pandemic to better adjust to their new reality through a variety of virtual services, mitigate stress, review options, develop coping strategies, and, if needed, find linkages to agencies, programs, and other resources in their community.
    Call, click, or email:
    833-795- HOPE (833-795-4673)
    (7 Days a Week, 8 am to 8 pm)
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    Hope and Healing TV
    Educational Series to Support Children and Families
    **Please click on the dates/times to register
    Pros and Cons of the Apps Your Kids Use
    Speaker: Bryan Cardenas Jara, LSW 
    30 minutes
    This webinar for parents will focus on apps that youth are using for school, fun, and to socialize; educate parents on the pros and cons of these applications; and discuss how to encourage their children to use them in a safe manner. 
    Mindfulness for Better Sleep
    Speaker: Victoria Buhl, MPH, CHES
    2 part series; 30 minutes each
    This session will focus on the importance of sleep and how to best set ourselves up for a good night’s rest by quieting our minds. Open to youth and families. 
    Boundary Setting 101
    Speaker: Victoria Buhl, MPH, CHES
    2-part series; 30 minutes each
    This series will discuss the importance of creating and upholding boundaries, as well as how to effectively set them for yourselves and your children. Open to parents.
    Beating Procrastination and Methods of Success in Organization
    Speaker: Autumn Kilduff, Support Specialist and Peer Mentor
    2-part series; 30 minutes each
    This webinar will showcase tips on what school supplies and tools will be critical for success. Open to youth and families.
    How to Recognize Toxic Friendships
    Speaker: Anita Crowley, Certified School Counselor, National Anger Management Specialist
    30 minutes
    Friendships make life more meaningful. They provide a positive effect that makes us feel good about ourselves and others – but what if your friend does the opposite? Learn the most common signs to look for in a toxic friendship and pick up tips on how to handle them. Open to all ages.
    NJ Children's System of Care

    Helping Families Across New Jersey


    Focus on The Things You CAN Control

    There are so many things in our world right now that are completely OUT of our control and that is OK, but there are so many things that we CAN control. If you're feeling overwhelmed, talk to your family. 

    Stop. Breathe and know WE CAN DO THIS TOGETHER!  

    Circle of Control