Counseling

Speak Up We Care

Meet the Team

Miranda Craik is a Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker, who obtained her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Azusa Pacific University and received a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from CSULB. She is passionate about children's social-emotional well-being, and supporting families during their child's crucial years of development. She has a history of professional experience providing individual and group counseling, clinical assessments, program management, and psycho-education services in a variety of settings that include, a high school diversion program, psychiatric hospital, elementary after-school programs, and foster care. Her role as the Elementary Resource Counseling Specialist is to provide school based social-emotional and mental health & wellness support. Counseling can help children learn how to identify causes of their distress, develop their skills in expressing emotions, and improve their problem-solving abilities. In addition to providing short-term counseling services for our students, she also offers a continuum of parent supports. Some supports include: parent meetings, coordinating on-site trainings, providing outside counseling referrals, crisis intervention, and community resource linkage. She is on-site Thursday and Fridays.

 

Vanessa, our Guidance Assistant,  graduated from UCI with a B.A. in Psychology.  She worked as an in-home ABA behavior therapist for 2 years, and at a day treatment program (Child Development School) as a behavior specialist. Her experience with kids range from elementary to middle school level, and is focused on behavior interventions with a variety of learning disorders. She has a passion for teaching social skills and is skilled in implementing SEL in schools. Her role is to support student’s social –emotional needs using the evidence-based curriculum called Second Step. She supports the classrooms by providing lessons on SEL topics, some include,  emotion management, conflict resolution, & empathy. In addition, she supports students through small group work surrounding those skill building areas and collaborates with classroom teachers to ensure the students are implementing the skills effectively. The Second Step curriculum is designed to promote school success, self-regulation, and a sense of safety and support.

What is social emotional learning (sel)?

In a world where emotional intelligence is critical for lifelong happiness, successful careers, and healthier relationships, social-emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults can better understand, manage, and express emotions and empathy, develop positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. SEL curricula teach children techniques that help them gain confidence, set and achieve positive goals, collaborate well, and navigate the world more effectively—adding a highly valuable dimension to education in the classroom. (CASEL, “What is SEL?”)

Second step program

The Second Step program teaches SEL 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 assertiveness when asking for help with schoolwork.

2. Empathy: Students learn to identify and understand their own and others’ feelings, ways to understand another’s perspective, and how to show compassion.

3. Emotion Management: Students learn specific skills for calming down when experiencing strong feelings, such as worry or anger.

4. Problem Solving: Students learn a process for solving problems with others in a positive way.

 

Our Guidance Assistant (GA) provides classroom lessons from the evidence-based Second Step program, and supports students with additional opportunities to practice these skills in a small group setting. With parent permission, small group services are provided during the school day, for approximately 30 minutes, weekly. Every effort will be made to minimize the loss of important instructional time.

individual & small group counseling

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

Please find articles related to your child's wellbeing and social and emotional development listed here.  Should you need further support or information, please contact Miranda Craik at (949) 936- 6042 or email her at mirandacraik@iusd.org.

 

10 Tips for Raising Grateful Kids

Tips for Creating a Coping Skills Toolbox

Tips for Building Healthy Friendships

Tips for Setting Healthy Boundaries

Success in School Contract

Tips for Social Media Usage

Connecting Through Communication

Parent Resource (Mandarin)

"Speak Up, We Care" Campaign Resource Page

 

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

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

 iusd.org/WeCare