Counseling

Mrs. Bonnie Harris/Elementary Guidance Paraprofessional.

Mrs. Harris visits grades K-3 and assorted upper grades for SEL learning skills. The 12 week Skills/Toolbox curriculum teaches grade appropriate social and emotional skills, including self-esteem, self-efficacy, and sociability. These lessons help to reinforce classroom and playground behavioral skills for student’s success. The lessons include emotion management and learning strategies for problem solving and conflict resolution. She is also available to work with small groups or individuals. She is on campus Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

BonnieHarris@iusd.org (949) 936-5550

Guidance Assistance

The Elementary Guidance Assistant Program is designed to offer social-emotional learning to students during their school day using an evidence based social-emotional classroom curriculum called Second Step. Second Step is designed to teach children how to understand and manage their emotions, control their reactions, be aware of others’ feelings, and have the skills to problem solve and make responsible decisions. These lessons will increase students learning-readiness and help them to move ahead successfully in school and on the playground. Guidance Assistants are trained para-professional staff and are assigned at each of IUSD’s K-6 school sites to teach Second Step in the classroom as well as provide individual or small group workshops for children who would benefit from additional support. Students with parent permission may participate in “TOOLBOX” groups, the small group workshops, which are a series of once-a-week, 30-45 minute small group lessons during the school day and only at a time that is suitable for the student(s). Groups usually last for 10-12 weeks.

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Mrs. Amanda Mills, M.A./Elementary Resource Counselor:

Amanda Mills brings to College Park a passion for helping children and their families succeed and thrive at home and school. Amanda offers individual/small group counseling, crisis assessment/ intervention, mental health consultation and is an on-campus resource and community liaison. She has a background in counseling psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy. Amanda is on campus Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

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AmandaCuller@iusd.org (949) 936-5563

 

 

Elementary Resource Counseling Assistance

Children, just like adults, can participate in and benefit from counseling. Counseling can help children learn how to identify causes of their distress, develop their skills in asking for help and expressing emotions, and improve their problem-solving abilities. Many children need help dealing with the stress of school, family and other significant life events such as the death of a family member, friend, or pet; divorce or a move, trauma or a major family illness. All of these things can cause stress that might lead to problems with a child’s behavior, mood, sleep, appetite, and academic or social functioning. Counseling (group and individual) usually lasts for 10-12 weeks and at that time further support is discussed if needed. Consultations for resources and referrals within the community are also available through the Elementary Resource Counselor.