Prevention and Wellness Department

The Prevention and Wellness Department provides leadership for services along a continuum of care.

About Our Department

How do you prevent students from making unhealthy choices and engaging in risky behaviors? A continuum of care is key to providing a comprehensive approach.

At the core of these services is the promotion of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). SEL is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. For more information, please see the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) website (What is SEL? – Casel School guide) and Ohio’s K-12 Social and Emotional Learning Standards (Ohio’s Social Emotional Learning Standards Introduction and Glossary).

The continuum of care acknowledges the importance of prevention programming at school-wide, group, and individual levels. For those students and families that need additional support, we link with community organizations and partners to assist with mental health and wellness. We seek to prepare all students for long-term success in life and to develop responsible, caring citizens in our multicultural society.
Our department supports the pillar of Academic Excellence in Pickerington Schools’ Plan for Progress by addressing the Whole Child and Relationships (Plan for Progress). We work with school counselors, social work interns, administrators, and staff to promote student success and family engagement through social and emotional learning, prevention programming, and community connections.

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Meet Our Team

Cathy Ely
Cathy Ely
Executive Director of Prevention & Intervention Services

School Counselors List

Our counselors are ready to serve students and family needs. Here’s a list by building.

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School Counselors List (rtf)

Social - Emotional Learning

Social - Emotional Learning: What is SEL and why SEL matters

Select this link to learn more about Social – Emotional Learning.

Prevention and Wellness Resources Resources

The following FREE resources are being made available to our PLSD parents through a grant between the Fairfield County Educational Service Center and the Cook Center for Human Connection. They are provided for your convenience.

Parent Guidance Getting Started Guide offers education and therapeutic support to parents and educators supporting children’s mental health.’s library of courses was developed by leading mental health experts. It aims to offer users hope, answers, and help. Parent coaching is available.

In addition, the award-winning animated series, My Life is Worth Living, is available for viewing on YouTube. My Life is Worth Living is the first animated series about teen mental health produced by the Cook Center for Human Connection and Wonder Media. The series tells the stories of young people facing some of today’s most difficult issues and how they come to the decision that life is worth living. Free wraparound curriculum and discussion guides are available


ENGAGE Ohio Partnership
PLSD is partnering with ENGAGE Ohio / Graduation Alliance to provide free academic success coaches to students on an invitation only basis.
If you are interested in additional information about the coaching program, visit the ENGAGE Ohio website.