The Boylan Wellness Program (BWP) is designed to address the ever growing pressures of being a teenager in a complex society. Students experience stress while striving for achievement, interacting with peers, dealing with family dynamics, and developing strong religious convictions. The BWP encourages the growth of the whole person by offering students assistance in overcoming feelings of defeat and developing humble acceptance of their success. Boylan’s full-time Wellness Coordinator Mary Kate Olofson oversees the program and facilitates a variety of in-school programs.
How can the wellness program help me?
Support Groups / Referral
Support groups meet weekly for students of like-class levels. Groups promote discussions, problem solving skills, and encourages peer reinforcement. Students are allowed to sign up at the beginning of each semester through their PE classes or may be referred by a parent, friend, academic counselor, administrator, or teacher. Topics included stress management, time management/study skills, grief, peer relationships, anxiety, family relationships, and many more.
Classroom lessons are interactive, discussion-based opportunities that provide information and support to the entire student body. The Wellness Coordinator collaborates with teachers to schedule a time to visit classrooms and present on specific topics that are relevant to classroom curriculum. Examples of topics include body image, developing problem-solving and decision-making skills, goal setting, test anxiety, bullying, suicide prevention, character development, healthy relationships, and many more.
The BWP, under the supervision of the Dean of Student's Office, is responsible for Boylan's Zero Tolerance Substance Abuse program. Random drug testing takes place five times a year. A Rosecrance Student Assistance Program staff member who is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) conducts the drug testing and provides follow-up with any student who is not in compliance with Boylan's policy under the supervision of the Wellness Coordinator.
Unfortunately, some students are injured, need extended hospitalization, have chronic health conditions or experience a death of an immediate family member. The Wellness Coordinator, in conjunction with the Academic Dean and the Dean of Students, advocates on behalf of the student with his/her teachers and acts as the liaison between the student and his/her teachers. This includes all communication with the teachers, weekly visits with the students, and scheduling all make up work in a timely fashion. It is important to recognize this aspect of the program refers only to those students who are absent due to surgery, injury or have health conditions, validated by a health practitioner or mental health practitioner, resulting in an absence of more than five consecutive days.
Parents are invited to call and speak with Ms. Olofson if you have any questions or concerns regarding your student and the use of the Boylan Wellness Program. A listing of local mental health providers is also available upon request.