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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! 
National Suicide Prevention hotline
  • Nat'l Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-656-HOPE or
  • Nat'l Teen Dating Abuse Hotline: 866-331-9474 or
  • Nat'l Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-SAFE
  • Nat'l Human Trafficking Hotline: 888-373-7888


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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.

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MTSS Focus for May: Mental Health Awareness Month

For the month of May, we are focusing on mental health awareness. Did you know that half of all mental illness begins by age 14? When children and youth living with mental illness have access to effective services and supports, they can develop close relationships with family and friends, learn to cope with challenging symptoms and gain the educational and social experiences they need to succeed in life.


Family Resources: Mental Health Awareness

The following articles and resources are available for your family to learn more about mental health:


“Trying to tell the difference between what expected behaviors are and what might be the signs of a mental illness isn't always easy. Each illness has its own symptoms, but there are common signs of mental illness in adults and adolescents.”

Interested? Learn more in the following article:


“Mental disorders among children are described as serious changes in the way children typically learn, behave, or handle their emotions, which cause distress and problems getting through the day.”

Interested? Learn more from the CDC website:


“Suicide prevention starts with recognizing the warning signs and taking them seriously. If you think a friend or family member is considering suicide, you might be afraid to bring up the subject. But talking openly about suicidal thoughts and feelings can save a life.”

Interested? Learn more in the following article:


“Having a child with a mental health condition can be a challenge, but there are ways to help make things easier.”

Interested? Learn more in the following article:


Parenting Workshop for May: Youth Suicide Prevention & School Safety Community Forum

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

Youth Suicide Prevention

Thursday, May 2, 2019 from 6:30-7:30 pm at the District Office: Boardroom Presented by Orange County Department of Education, this workshop will cover suicide warnings signs and risk factors, strategies and skills on how to work with youth who may be thinking of suicide, and community resources. The workshop will be conducted in English with Spanish interpretation.


School Safety Community Forum

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 6-7:30 pm at the District Office: Boardroom

Presented by Orange County Department of Education, this forum will include discussions around the importance of prevention and early intervention, best practices for school safety, supporting children in times of crisis and ways we can work together as a community to prevent violence within the school setting.

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:

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


  • 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)