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Copley-Fairlawn City School District Prioritizes Social Work and Mental Health Services

As part of CFCSD’s school-based mental health model, each building has an identified person, such as the school counselor or psychologist, who has the necessary knowledge of signs and symptoms needed to support an appropriate referral to services.


Once the referral is made (with consent from the child’s parent or guardian), our staff meets with the parent or guardian and child at school as well as in the home to address the child’s needs.


Working with students in grades K-6, Deiotte has an extensive history of working with children and their families. While employed as a social service worker in Ohio, he helped families overcome struggles and difficulties related to child abuse and neglect, mental illness, chemical dependency, domestic violence, academic truancy and juvenile delinquency.


Deiotte holds a Masters of Education in School Counseling from John Carroll University as well as two graduate certificates—one in Early Childhood Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Consultation and the other in Chemical Dependency Counseling. He is also a Licensed School Counselor (K-12), a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant (CDCA) and an LPC.


When serving students, Deiotte emphasizes a humanistic, person-centered approach and strives to incorporate cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focus therapy, play therapy skills and other techniques to help children overcome daily living problems.


At Copley Middle School and Copley High School, Gray is the primary support for students in grades 7-12. Gray, who holds a Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, worked for several years as an outpatient community mental health counselor prior to joining Copley full-time in 2015.


As an LPC, her areas of clinical interest include working with adolescents with depression, anxiety, experiences of trauma, self-injury, substance use and suicidal ideation and behavior. Gray works from a variety of evidence-based counseling models, such as motivational interviewing, solution-focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy.


Furthermore, Gray is also the staff advisor for “Zenity,” a stress management after-school club at Copley High School.


“Thanks to Thomas and Amy’s expertise and dedication to our students, there are plenty of supportive social work and mental health services in place across the district,” said Superintendent Brian Poe. “As advocates for student well-being, we strive to encourage our students to be their best selves and meet the goals they set for themselves. We know our social work and mental health services will make a positive impact in the community going forward.”


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