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Counseling Referral

Counseling Referral

Please fill out the form below if you would like to request counseling services for a student/your child. 

Counselor's Corner



Emotion Management
The first step in teaching your child emotion management skills is to build their emotion vocabulary. It can help to have some visuals around to have these conversations. 
Next is to work to fill your "toolbox" of coping skills for dealing with different feelings in different types of situations. Talk about what tool help you and model them when you are in situations where you feel frustrated, angry, overwhelemd, or sad. 
Some more info on teaching emotion management can be found at the articles below:
UCLA Center for Child Anxiety Resilience Education and Support is chock full of excellent resources for families to understand and support their child who may be struggling with anxiety. Some of the helpful info they have includes The Connection Between Anxiety and Stress, Warning Signs of Anxiety in Elementary School Children, How can I help my child handle anxiety?, and lots of coping skills to practice at home.
10 Tips for Parenting Anxious Kids from Child Mind Institute
How to Find a Therapist 
Check out this video from OC Links with helpful tips on finding a therapist for your child. 
Check out this great search tool for finding your child or family a therapist where you can filter by different search criteria and insurnace providers to find the right provider for you. 


The Second Step program is a social-emotional learning curriculum delivered via classroom guidance lessons by the counselor to all students. Second Step is designed to promote skills and attitudes that increase students' success in school, help them get along with others, and create a positive school climate in order to prevent school violence and bullying.
What is social-emotional learning?
  • Recognizing emotions in oneself and others 
  • Managing strong emotions
  • Having empathy for others
  • Controlling impulses
  • Communicating clearly and assertively 
  • Maintaining cooperative relationships
  • Making responsible decisions 
  • Solving problems effectively
Second Step lessons for elementary grades include:
  • Listening & Focusing Attention
  • Respect, Empathy, & Compassion
  • Identifying Feelings 
  • Emotion Management & Calming Down
  • Problem Solving 
By logging in to the Second Step website (, you will get to access the information and materials used in the lessons that your student(s) receive at least 6 times per year! Familiarize yourself with the language and key concepts so that you can reinforce these important and essential life skills with your children. 
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Kinder: SSPK FAMI LY70
1st Grade: SSP1 FAMI LY71
2nd Grade: SSP2 FAMI LY72
3rd Grade: SSP3 FAMI LY73
4th Grade: SSP4 FAMI LY74
5th Grade: SSP5 FAMI LY75


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.

Staying Calm



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.
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