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Episode #22: Social Emotional Learning with Casey O’Brien Martin

Updated: Apr 13, 2021

Today's episode is with Casey O’Brien Martin, LMHC, REAT, RN is the author of “Skills for Big Feelings: A Guide for Teaching Kids Relaxation, Regulation, and Coping Techniques.” She is a passionate individual who aspires to bring out the best in each person she works with. She has a Master of Arts in expressive arts therapy and mental health counseling from Lesley University. She is a licensed School Adjustment Counselor, a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and a Registered Nurse. She has experience working with diverse populations in schools, hospitals, group homes, community centers, and outpatient treatment environments. She currently serves as an Adjunct Faculty Member in the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences at Lesley University.

Casey considers working with children each day a privilege. Her specialization includes using the arts and a holistic approach to help each child grow as a confident and independent person. She has a longstanding interest in mind/body medicine. She combines her unique background in expressive arts therapy, nursing, and mental health counseling, with herbalism studies to craft comprehensive mind-body focused programs to help each child achieve their highest potential. For more information, please visit

Casey and I talked about her love of working at schools helping kids with their social emotional learning as a School Adjustment Counselor and how she works with kids early on with these skills. I can’t wait for you all to listen in to learn more about Social Emotional Learning (SEL) today! We weren’t able to get to everything today, so we may even do a Part 2 - let us know in The Magic of Littles Club Facebook Group what you’d like to hear from us!


In this episode, we learn about:

  • What is a School Adjustment Counselor? (2:44)

  • The question Casey gets asked most about SEL (Social Emotional Learning) work. (6:09)

  • The trauma that COVID has done on Black and Brown communities and how SEL is so important. (7:25)

  • The myths of SEL and littles. (10:35)

  • We dive into connection-seeking. (11:49)

  • The book “You’re Going to Love This Kid” about inclusion with children with autism and the learnings from that including SEL. (13:40)

  • The importance of routines and consistency, plus the one that Renee has recently set up for their family mornings. (15:57)

  • Mindful Zoom and meditation with Littles in remote learning. (18:27)

So brew yourself a cup of tea and listen in on the full podcast here:

Follow along with Casey @wholechildcounseling on Instagram. Tag both of us on Instagram @wholechildcounseling and @themagicoflittles with any questions you have about Social Emotional Learning and what you’d like to hear from us on Part 2!

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