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Counselor's Corner

Weekly Counseling Schedule

Mr. Long is on-campus at Wagon Wheel each Tuesday & Thursday.

Counseling Curriculum

Counseling Curriculum

Second Step is a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum that has been adopted by the Capistrano Unified School District. School Counselors at the Elementary and Middle School levels are conducting lessons within your child's classroom every month. Second Step addresses concepts and strategies related to foundation skills for learning as well as empathy, emotion management and problem solving.

Capistrano Unified School District has taken extraordinary steps to enhance the welfare of its students. Across the District, school counseling has been made a priority. Prior to the 2015/16 school-year, CUSD dramatically increased its hiring and utilization of trained counselors. Thirty counselors were brought in so that all elementary schools could have part-time counselors, all middle schools could have a full-time counselor, and all high schools could have two full-time counselors. Every CUSD school counselor has a Master's degree, a PPS credential, and is well trained in all domains of student life.

 

In addition to increasing its staff, the District also developed a comprehensive plan of operation. All CUSD elementary and middle schools now implement the highly respected Second Step curriculum. Through lessons and role play, kids learn how to conduct themselves properly and show respect for others. In addition, some elementary schools and most middle schools are teaching their students conflict mediation. Potential student mediators fill out applications and provide teacher recommendations before they can be considered for the training program. Kids who are chosen as mediators work in pairs and use proven techniques to stay neutral and help their peers resolve difficulties. Second Step and conflict mediation have been extremely effective and have led to a 52% reduction in cases of bullying within the District.

 

At the high school level, the needs are different. Since teens have indicated that stress and anxiety are their major concerns, counselors have devised ways to help them cope effectively. Students are taught time management, organization, and test-taking skills in order to manage academic challenges. They are also shown techniques, like breathing and stretching, to help them relax when intense situations arise. In all CUSD high schools, tenth graders are instructed in the Signs of Suicide (SOS). Teenage suicides can often be prevented if students learn to recognize the warning signs of depression and ask for help. Following the SOS training sessions, counselors have seen a 30% to 40% increase in student requests for counseling.

 

Instead of reacting to bad developments, the District is working hard to create positive pathways for its students. Of course, if negative situations arise, counselors are always available to offer assistance. From elementary school to high school, CUSD counseling programs are being implemented systematically and monitored carefully to ensure that goals are being met and students are being helped.

OUR VISION

The School Counseling Program strives to provide opportunities so that every student will acquire the social-emotional, academic, and career skills to reach their fullest educational potential and successfully manage their lives as healthy, responsible, competent and productive citizens who respect themselves and others.

OUR MISSION

The mission of Capistrano Unified School District School Counselors is to provide a comprehensive counseling program that supports the whole child. School Counselors will focus on the needs, interests, and issues related to social-emotional, academic, and college/career development of all students through a multi-tiered system of support. School Counselors will advocate, collaborate and facilitate actions that promote a positive school climate, provide an opportunity for all students to access their education and achieve personal and academic success to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world.

What is a School Counselor?

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The Wagon Wheel Elementary School Counseling Program makes every effort to provide support services for your children that will assist in their successful academic, social and emotional growth.  School Counselors will advocate, collaborate and facilitate actions that promote a positive school climate, provide the opportunity for all students to access their education and achieve personal and academic success to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world.

Student Right to Confidentiality

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Sessions between the student and counselor are considered confidential. Exceptions to confidentiality are made only when a counselor has received information or has reason to believe that a student is being abused, neglected, or is in danger of harming themselves or others. In such circumstances, the counselor has a legal, ethical and professional responsibility to report the concerns to the appropriate authorities.

Meet Mr. Long

Meet Mr Long
I am thrilled to be assigned as the School Counselor at Wagon Wheel! Since arriving to Capistrano Unified School District in 2015, I have served as a School Counselor at Hidden Hills, Crown Valley, and Don Juan Avila Elementary Schools as well as Las Flores Middle School.  Before arriving to Capistrano schools, I spent 17 years in a number of student support positions within the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District.  I earned my School Counseling Credential from University of California, Riverside and my Master of Arts in Counseling from La Sierra University. I believe that school counseling is profoundly important at the elementary school level where students are just developing their learning skills, character and behavior that sets the stage for their lifelong success. When I am not working with students, you can find me and my family in the mountains or at the beach. See you on campus!

Kindness & Compassion Club!

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The Kindness and Compassion Club is a special group of 5th grade students who meet monthly to learn about empathy and demonstrate acts of kindness and compassion on our Wagon Wheel campus. Participants in the KC Club are daily role models to all other students and assist with activities to teach kindness to classmates and facilitate compassionate outreach to members in our community.