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Mind Yeti - Mindfulness for ALL!

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is focusing on the present moment - what is happening with your body and what is happening around you - in order to calm down, focus your attention, and connect with ...more

Having a Problem with another Student?


Try our Peer Conflict Managers!


Our Peer Conflict Managers are trained students that can assist peers in conflicts.They are 5th through 8th grade students that have been nominated by their teachers as leaders to be mediators for their fellow students.They go through specific training in conflict mediation. When training is complete they are scheduled in pairs at lunch. Students can voluntarily choose  to sit down with the Peer Mediators and the student they are having an issue with to talk about the problem. Mediations are confidential among the students. I will receive a report from each mediation session and follow up if needed. There are a few rules that students must agree to before a mediation can take place;

1. Both students need to be willing to participate

2. No name calling or put downs

3. Each student is allowed to speak with no interruptions

4. Everything discussed in mediation stays completely confidential

5. Peer mediators will never get involved in conflicts that involve physical violence.

Counselor's Corner


Get to know your School Counselor!

My name is Mrs. Brennan and I am your School Counselor.  I am here for social-emotional and academic counseling and support for our elementary and middle school students. I am also available as a resource for all students, parents, and staff members.


The counseling program's goal is to ensure that all students develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills that will lead to behaviors that support academic achievement and social-emotional well-being. This is achieved through the counseling program's services such as:

  • Classroom guidance presentations including the Second Step social-emotional learning curriculum
  • Small group counseling  
  • Individual counseling
  • Conflict mediation
  • Homework Club

Discussions with the counselor and student are confidential, unless a student tells me someone is harming them, or they are harming themselves or someone else. 


Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns, (949) 234-5315.

Classroom Guidance Lessons

Second Step Social-Emotional Learning Curriculum

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

Second Step lessons for 6th-8th grade include:

  • Emotion Management: Emotions, Brain, and Body
  • Bullying  Prevention
  • Calming Down Strategies
  • Coping with Stress
  • Problem Solving: Using the Action Steps


Mrs. Brennan, School Counselor

Mrs. Brennan, School Counselor


Mrs. Kelli Brennan

Available Days: Monday-Friday 

Hours:7:30am - 3:00pm 

Location: Office

Phone: 949-234-5315


Non-Discrimination Statement

The Capistrano Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in all district activities, programs, and employment based upon actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Reference: AR 1312.3, BP 1312.3 and BP 5183.

Rich Montgomery, Executive Director, Human Resource Services/Compliance
33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 234-9200

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