Westpark Counseling

Counseling Program Overview

At Westpark,  we are working to support students with positive social skills and using appropriate responses for challenging situations.  Each classroom will explore and support monthly lessons through Second Step and align with the following skill building areas: Skills for Learning,  Empathy, Emotional Management, and Problem Solving.  In addition to classroom lessons, students can also participate in smaller group support such as Lunch Bunch, Backpack Rescue, E.A.G.L.E. Club, and other opportunities during the school day!

Second STEP Program

One of the ways our school supports the social- emotional development of your child is by explicitly teaching your child social- emotional skills in the classroom using Second Step, an evidence-based social-emotional learning program. In addition, our Guidance Assistant (GA) provides students with additional opportunities to practice these skills in a small group setting.

 

Services are provided during the school day, once a week for approximately 30 minutes.  These services are free of charge and voluntary. Every effort will be made to minimize the loss of important instructional time.  Please Note: Information shared by your child will be kept confidential unless there is an indication that your child is in danger of hurting himself/herself or others, that someone may be hurting your child, or if there is an intent to cause significant property damage.  If you have any further questions, please contact the classroom teacher or your Elementary Resource Counseling Specialist.

 

Individual & Small Group Counseling

The Elementary Resource Counseling program is designed to provide opportunities for students to participate in individual and small group counseling experiences that provide support and skill building for coping with family stressors, academic struggles, and personal issues.  It is not unusual for students to need focused help to strengthen their social- emotional skills in order to be more learning ready during different times in their childhood. Many children struggle from time to time with a range of family and life circumstances (divorce, loss, moves, stress) that make coming to school more difficult and we are here to offer tools and support.  Small group and individual counseling can be an excellent way for students to learn new skills, develop self- confidence, adjust behaviors, and learn to deal with challenges in healthy ways.

 

Services are provided during the school day, once a week for approximately 30 minutes.  These services are free of charge and voluntary. Every effort will be made to minimize the loss of important instructional time.  Please Note: Information shared by your child in counseling sessions will be kept confidential unless there is an indication that your child is in danger of hurting himself/herself or others, that someone may be hurting your child, or if there is intent to cause significant property damage.   

 

Parent Resources

Please find articles related to your child's wellbeing and social and emotional development listed here.  Should you need further support or information, please contact Katie Aldama at (949) 936- 6421 or katiealdama@iusd.org.

Back To School Dos and Don'ts

 

Getting Back To A School Routine

 

Growing Gratitude 

 

Getting Organized