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Counselor's Corner

CUSD School Counseling Program Vision Statement

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. 

CUSD Counseling Program Mission Statement

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.

Second Step Program

SECOND STEP PROGRAM

  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 

For more information on Second Step click here.

If you are interested in learning how to connect Second Step at home and implement the concepts in the home setting, please click on the following link: Second Step Home Links.

*Please note that not all lessons have home links.

Krista Depenbrok, School Counselor
 Krista Depenbrok

As your school counselor I believe that through working with the school staff, parents, students, and the community we can create a safe and respectful learning environment.  School counseling is essential for students to achieve optimal personal growth, positive social skills, set academic, and career goals. These skills will assist each student in becoming responsible and productive members of their community and our world.

Krista Depenbrok MS, PPS, LMFT 

School Counselor 

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Every Other Monday

Please call or email in order to set up an appointment! 

949-234-9567

kldepenbrok@capousd.org

Counseling Services

Social, Emotional & Academic Support Groups

Short term Individual Counseling

Family Support

Classroom Support & Classroom Lessons

Student Workshops

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