Surviving and Thriving through Covid-19

Living apart.  Learning together.

The Montessori Way.  




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Toni-Marie Brickhouse, M.S.W, L.S.W



In addition to my role as The Village School’s admissions director, I also serve as the school’s youth counselor. In 2019, I received my Master’s degree in social work from Seton Hall University.  During that time, I served on a number of child study teams and worked with the homeless population of Bergen County.

As the school’s social worker, I am able to provide supportive school-based counseling to students whose parents or teachers identify a need in their child or student. My number one goal is to support the needs of the child socially, emotionally, and academically through individual and small-group counseling.

Here on our COVID-19 response page, you will find resources and supportive content to help parents and children cope with the social and emotional stress due to the current pandemic.

We will get through this together.

Recent Videos

Back to School

Coping Skills

Anxiety & Your Brain

Grief and Loss During Covid-19

Grief and loss are not only about death.  During this pandemic, we are also grieving the loss of what our lives once were.  Children are grieving the loss of their normal routines such as going to school and playing with friends. So, how do we navigate this "new normal?"

Have a question?

Contact Toni-Marie

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Imagine – A Center for Coping With Loss

Imagine provides free peer grief support groups for children and teens coping with loss due to death or who are living with a family member with a life-altering illness.  Concurrent support is provided for the parent or guardian of the youth attending Imagine.   Group members share feelings and develop healthy and constructive coping tools and strategies.  Grief is a universal human experience yet people often feel very alone and isolated. And even report feeling crazy.  At Imagine children and adults discover what they are feeling is normal and that they are not alone.


Good Grief

Good Grief builds resilience in children, strengthens families, and empowers communities to grow from loss and adversity. Providing information and resources to support the emotional needs of children, families, students, and communities navigating new life circumstances. Good Grief has many resources to access, such as videos, webinars, podcasts and much more.  


Additional Mental Health Wellness and Support Resources

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Hotlines and Support Pages

New Jersey Department of Human Services

If you are concerned are concerned about your mental health or the mental health of someone you love, NJMentalHealthCares can help. The free helpline offers telephone counseling, emotional support, information and assistance for you and your family.

(866)-202- HELP (4357)

Open 7 days a week 8am-8pm

Community Food bank of NJ

We are the state’s largest anti-hunger and anti-poverty organization. Working together with volunteers, donors and our many partners, we fill the emptiness caused by hunger with Food, Help and Hope.

SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline

The Disaster Distress Helpline, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster.

Call (800)-985-5990 
Text TalkWithUs to 66746

to connect with a trained crisis counselor

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They are committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness.


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