Counseling

 

EDL School-Based Counseling
EDL Resources & Information

Meet our Counseling Team

Mrs. Meleah Shank, M.S.W., M.A., P.P.S./Elementary Resource Counselor:

Mrs. Shank strives to create a safe and supportive environment for students to experience joy in their school day, as well as empower them to succeed alongside peers and adults. She has a passion to help and serve children and their families thrive both at home and school. Mrs. Shank facilitates individual and small group counseling sessions, utilizing solution-focused methods and an emphasis on social-emotional learning, with the goal of positive behavior change. She also participates in crisis assessment/ intervention, mental health consultation and is the school resource and link to community support services.  She has a background in teaching, counseling, and social work. Mrs. Shank is on campus on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

 

MeleahShank@iusd.org (949) 936-5696

 

Susan Caldwell, M.A. Ed. / Elementary Guidance Paraprofessional:

Susan Caldwell has a Master of Arts in Education/Curriculum and Instruction as well as California Multiple and Single Subject Teaching Credentials. Susan teaches Second Step in the classroom (Toolbox Time) and leads small groups.  Second Step is a California State approved Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and Bullying Prevention curriculum.

The Second Step curriculum addresses skills in the following four areas:

  1. Skills for learning: Students gain skills to help themselves learn, including how to focus their attention, listen carefully, use self-talk to stay on task, and being assertive when asking for help.
  2. Empathy: Students learn to identify and understand their own and other’s feelings. Students also learn to take another’s perspective and how to show compassion. 
  3. Emotion Management: Students learn specific skills for calming down when experiencing strong feelings, such as anxiety or anger.
  4. Problem Solving: Students learn a process for solving problems with others in a positive way.

 

Susan Caldwell is on campus at Bonita Canyon Elementary School on Tuesdays. 

Susancaldwell@iusd.org (949) 936-5467

 

 

School-Based Counseling Program

Speak Up We Care

The District provides school-based mental health/ wellness services and resources https://iusd.org/department/mental-health-wellness to students and families. These services include short-term individual or group counseling for students at the school site; short-term, solution-focused therapy for students and families through the Irvine Family Resource Center; and resource linkages to community-based mental health or social services for students and families. Services are provided by counselors or licensed mental health professionals

The Elementary Resource Counseling program is designed to provide opportunities for students to participate in individual and small group counseling experiences that provide support and skill building for coping with family stressors, academic struggles, and personal issues. It is not unusual for students to need focused help to strengthen their social-emotional skills in order to be more learning ready during different times in their childhood. Many children struggle from time to time with a range of family and life circumstances (divorce, loss, stress) that make coming to school more difficult, and we are here to offer tools and support. Small group and individual counseling can be an excellent way for students to learn new skills, develop self-confidence, adjust behaviors, and learn to deal with challenges in healthy ways.

Services are provided during the school day for approximately 30 minutes. These services are free of charge and voluntary. Every effort will be made to minimize the loss of important instructional time. School- based counseling is short-term and typically ends after 8-10 weeks. Parent permission required. Please Note: Information shared by your child in counseling sessions will be kept confidential unless there is an indication that your child is in danger of hurting himself/herself or others, that someone may be hurting your child.

Parent Resources

Community Resources

Children’s Support and Parenting Program (CSPP) Services:
Psychoeducation groups for parents and caregivers with school-aged children.
(714) 480-4678 | www.ochealthinfo.com

 

The Prevention Center Services:
Parenting programs including parenting workshops, helping kids cope through divorce, and parenting resources.
(714) 543-4333 | www.BrightFutures4Kids.org

 

Didi Hirsch Mental Health Center:
Santa Ana Services: Crisis line, outreach and survivor support services for family members of a person who committed suicide.
(714) 547-0855 | www.didihirsch.org/orange-county

 

OCHCA Behavioral Health Services

Behavioral Health Services provides programs available to Orange County residents seeking mental health and substance use treatment.

(714) 834-2077 | www.ochealthinfo.com/bhs/services

 

Greater Good Science Center – UC Berkeley

Uses scientific measures to study the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society.

www.greatergood.berkeley.edu

 

Community Mental Health Resources:
A brochure with resources on Substance Abuse, LGBTQIA Services, Shelters, Hotlines & Online Resources, Culturally Centered Services, Parenting Resources, Community Resources, Intensive Mental Health Services, Suicide Prevention, Housing Resources, and Legal Resources

 

District Resources

Mental Health/Wellness Services and Resources:

The District provides school-based mental health/ wellness services and resources www.iusd.org/WeCare or https://iusd.org/department/mental-health-wellness to students and families. These services include short-term individual or group counseling for students at the school site; short-term, solution-focused therapy for students and families through the Irvine Family Resource Center; and resource linkages to community-based mental health or social services for students and families. Services are provided by counselors or licensed mental health professionals.

 

Irvine Family Resource Center Services:
Short-term, solution-focused individual and family therapy, resource linkage and referrals, and parent education/support groups to IUSD families K-12.
(949) 936-7504 | https://iusd.org/about/departments/education-services/student-support-services/mental-health-and-wellness/irvine

 

Prevention and Intervention Brochure

A brochure which provides a brief overview on Prevention and Intervention staff and contact information.