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Counselor's Corner

Lauren Reid

Meet the counselor
 I am thrilled to be your new counselor and look forward to getting to know each and every one of you during the 2018/19 school year.
I have years of experience working with kids and teens throughout Orange County in multiple capacities.  My education includes a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies,a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, and a PPS Credential in School Counseling. I love building relationships, promoting resilience, and helping others find solutions to life's challenges. I feel so fortunate to be able to walk along side K-8 students as they develop socially, emotionally, and academically.  I hope to inspire kids to live balanced lives filled with gratitude, kindness, and laughter.   
I am a mom of two active, adventurous daughters and one goofy 100 lb rescue dog.  In my spare time, I love doing yoga, dancing, reading, and playing cards. My favorite things include Mexican food, Target, and shady beach days. Stop on by my office and tell me a few of your favorite things! 
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School-Wide Prevention

Goal: Ensure ALL students develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills that will lead to behaviors that support academic achievement and social-emotional well-being.

Prevention Activities:

  • School-wide guidance lessons 
  • School-wide assemblies/activities
  • Parent education workshops
  • Staff professional development workshops

Targeted Interventions

Goal: Identify data-driven systematic interventions for students experiencing barriers to academic success and emotional well-being.

Targeted Interventions:

  • Small group counseling
  • Short-term individual counseling
  • Crisis Intervention 
  • Community referrals
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences 
  • Conflict mediation
Social Emotional Learning 

What is it and why is it important? Click here  to find out.

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CUSD march MTSS Focus: growth mindset


What is MTSS?

CUSD is making a commitment to increase the social emotional, behavior, and academic support for all of our young people. We call this focused approach to organizing and providing support: “Multi-tiered System of Supports” or “MTSS.”
For the month of March we are emphasizing the importance of growth mindset as part of our "social emotional" support for all students.
A growth mindset is the belief that the most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Students with a growth mindset understand they can improve through hard work, the use of effective strategies, and help from others when needed.
Family Resources
The following articles and resources are available for your family to learn more about positive reinforcement and strategies you can use at home:
Parenting Workshop for March
To support our families and provide parenting strategies to support their children's social emotional needs, we are offering the following parent workshop during the month of March:
  • Growth Mindset - Monday, March 18, 2019 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the District Office (Board Room)
Presented by CUSD Coordinator Rebecca Pianta and CUSD Counselor Alex Todd, the purpose of this workshop is for parents to learn about growth mindset, how it affects learning and behavior, and strategies for reinforcing the growth mindset in children. The workshop will be conducted in English withSpanish interpretation.
How do I refer a student to the counselor?

I am here to help.  You can refer a student or request to see me Monday-Friday from 7:30-3:00 in the following ways:

  • STUDENTS: Submit a request here 
  • PARENTS: Submit a request here
  • Email me a message 
  • Call 949-234-5315 


  • K-5 STAFF: Submit a referral online here
  • 6-8 STAFF: Submit a referral online here

Confidentiality statement

My Core Counseling Beliefs: 
  • Every student has dignity and worth.
  • Every student can grow given the right supports.
  • School Counselors advocate for ALL students.
CUSD Counseling Program Vision & Mission
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.
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.
Second Step Parent Codes

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 throughout the year. Familiarize yourself with the language and key concepts so that you can reinforce these important and essential life skills with your children. 

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

Second Step 6th Grade Family Letters.pdf (PDF)

Second Step 7th Grade Family Letters.pdf (PDF)

Second Step 8th Grade Family Letters.pdf (PDF)