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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 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 Counseling Snapshot                   

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.

Signs of Suicide


Join us for a Parent Presentation on 

The SOS Program: Signs of Suicide & Depression and Suicide Prevention

WHEN:  Wednesday January 16th at 8:00 am

WHERE:  Hankey IB Academy, Room P34

PRESENTED BY:  Lauren Reid, School Counselor ……………………………………………………………………………………

Join us for coffee and a discussion of:

  • The current need to be informed due to reported statistics.

  • Risk factors and protective factors.

  • Signs and symptoms of depression, anxiety, self-injury and suicide ideations.

  • Where to seek help.

  • SOS curriculum used in 7th grade Science classrooms.

  • Please contact Lauren Reid for any questions or concerns

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CUSD January MTSS Focus: Praise And Encouragement 

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.”

MTSS Focus for January: Praise and Encouragement

  • Did you know that encouragement and specific praise are subtle ways that parents can powerfully influence their children’s behaviors, attitudes, and habits? While it can be hard work and requires practice, the pay-off over time will be tremendous.

For the month of January we are emphasizing the importance of praise and encouragement as part of our “behavioral” support for all students. When students receive specific and authentic praise and encouragement, it will help boost their self-esteem and confidence.

Family Resources

The following articles and resources are available for your family to learn more about praise and encouragement and strategies you can use at home:

  • The Gift of Encouragement

  • Tips for Using Praise and Encouragement

Parenting Workshop for January

To support our families and provide parenting strategies to support their children’s behavioral needs, we are offering the following parent workshop during the month of January:

“Empower Your Child’s Self-Esteem”

  • Thursday, January 17th, 2019 from 6-7 pm at the District Office (Room #1)

Presented by Western Youth Services (WYS), “Empower Your Child’s Self-Esteem” is a workshop that will provide a few ideas and approaches parents can use in order to help improve their child’s self-esteem. This presentation will touch on topics such as comparing and contrasting between high and low self-esteem in children, healthy coping skills, what parents can do in order to boost their child’s confidence, briefly talk about developmental assets, and offer ways in which parents can use these approaches with their children. The workshop will be conducted in English with Spanish interpretation.

Space is limited! Please click this link to RSVP:

Interested in More Resources? Visit the Online Family Resource Center!

To find more valuable resources and services related to our MTSS, visit the ONLINE CUSD Family Resource Center! To access MTSS information in the Family Resource Center, click here or find the “FRC Resource Tree” symbol on your school’s website and click on “Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS):”


For more articles, resources, and videos regarding MTSS,

Follow us on Twitter @capostudentsupp and search #CapoMTSS


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:

  • PARENTS: Submit a request online here
  • STUDENTS: Fill out a Student Counseling Referral form on my door, send me a message via schoolloop, or just stop by my office during a break
  • Email me a message 
  • Call 949-234-5315 


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