Dakota King-White

Dr. Dakota King-White has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Master of Arts in Counseling, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision. She has done extensive research on the impact of parental incarceration on children and the psychological, emotional, and behavioral effects of incarceration. Through her research, she has designed a group counseling curriculum for the children of incarcerated parents, which has been implemented in K-12 education. She has also designed a mental health model that is used in K-12 education to help address the mental health needs of students within the academic setting. The model utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to address mental health needs within schools. Dr. King-White is passionate about children succeeding and believes that ALL children can succeed if given the right tools and opportunities.


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Oh No! When a Parent Goes Away

Duane is a seven year old boy who recently found out his dad went to jail and will not be coming home soon. Throughout the book, Duane goes through different emotions about his dad being gone and often says, “Oh no! What am I going to do?” His mother decides to take him to see a counselor who teaches him to use coping strategies. The book explores healthy ways to cope with a child losing a parent due to incarceration.


Children, Educational


  • Irene S. Roth | 22/01/2018

     This is a unique picture book for kids about a serious topic: how a child can cope when a parent goes to prison and isn’t coming home for a long while. It is a book that will educate as well as enlighten with expert advice on how a child can cope.


    Duane is a seven-year-old boy who has recently discovered that his Dad is in jail. To make matters worse, he isn’t coming back home for a while. Duane panics like all kids would. What can he do, he keeps asking his Mom?


    Duane was so distraught and upset that his mom decided to take him to a counselor. With the counselor, he learned to talk about his feelings openly and express them in writing and drawing. He also learned to talk to his mom when he feels sad and how to get involved in other activities in his community.


    This book shows parents how important it is for adults to talk to their children about their feelings. It is also a book that will show kids the importance of expressing their feelings with trusted adults and in safe places, such as their journal.


    This picture book is part picture book and part journal where the reader is encouraged to explore feelings of anxiety, frustration, and sadness in the safety of their rooms or with their parents. It is a book that is all-encompassing and encouraging to all kids who are in the unfortunate situation of having a parent in jail.


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