Jason Roderick, Building Students’ Social + Emotional Strength

The Path to Higher Ed is a SchooLinks hosted podcast community that explores trending topics and issues in the area of college and career readiness. Our featured guests are pushing education forward by constantly learning from, innovating and applying their college and career readiness practices.

This episode with Jason Roderick, Director of Counseling Services at the Providence Country Day School in Rhode Island, focuses on the social and emotional aspects of college readiness. Often times we become so wrapped up in the academic factors of college readiness that we forget students are also experiencing an emotional journey on that path. Fortunately, there are counselors like Jason who go above and beyond to let his students know that they are already successful just by honoring and being who they actually are. By discussing the level of anxiety that students experience in the journey toward high school graduation, as well as what can be done to support them in self-exploration, Jason provides a powerful voice in the education conversation.

About Jason Roderick

Jason Roderick is a licensed clinical adolescent therapist in Providence, Rhode Island. Along with his private practice, Jason is the Director of Counseling Services at Providence Country Day School and is the lead facilitator for the Brown University ESOB Program, working with college students in early sobriety.

Jason has been working with adolescents for the past twenty-seven years, as a teacher, dean of students, and clinical therapist.

For the last twelve years, Jason has focused on working with adolescents in a therapeutic capacity, in and out of the schools. He has worked with adolescents in residential programs and outpatient programs.

As a strong believer in experiential learning, Jason has directed various study abroad programs over the course of nineteen years. Drawing on his love of surfing, he currently directs two surf/yoga and meditation programs in Nosara, Costa Rica, one for high school students and an adult program for people in recovery from drug and/or alcohol addiction.

Jason holds degrees from Bowdoin College, George Washington University and Boston University.

He lives with his wife Kelly and nine year old son Greyson in Pawtuxet Village, Rhode Island.

About Providence Country Day School

The Providence Country Day School, established in 1923, is a college-preparatory school serving students in grades 6–12. Through a vigorous hands-on program of academics, visual and performing arts, competitive athletics, and service, PCD students develop as independent and critical thinkers, resourceful creators, and resilient innovators.

PCD’s mission and values are upheld by a faculty distinguished by academic excellence and deep personal commitment. Deep and lasting relationships are at the very core of our teaching and learning. Our diverse student population is drawn from more than 45 communities throughout southeastern New England and around the world.

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