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Counselor's Corner

Get to know your School Counselors!

Mrs. Beckman and Mrs. Brennan are your school counselors here at Arroyo Vista. We are here part-time at both the middle school and elementary school for social-emotional and academic counseling and support. We are a resource for all students, parents, and staff members. Currently, Ms. Thews has joined our counseling program as a sub counselor for Mrs. Brennan.


The Capistrano Unified School District counseling program's goal is to ensure that all students develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills that will lead to behaviors that support academic achievement and social-emotional well-being. This is achieved through the counseling program's services such as:

  • Classroom guidance presentations including the Second Step social-emotional learning curriculum
  • Small group counseling  
  • Individual counseling

AV School Counseling Program Vision Statement

The vision of the Arroyo Vista School Counseling Program is that all students become confident learners and respectful citizens. Our students possess the social-emotional, academic, and career skills necessary to reach their fullest academic potential and lead successful lives as empathetic, compassionate, responsible and productive members of society.   

AV School Counseling Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Arroyo Vista School Counseling Program is to provide equal access for all students to a data-driven comprehensive school counseling program by a certificated professional school counselor. The school counseling program collaborates with stakeholders to address students' social-emotional, academic, and college/career development through needs assessments that drive evidence-based interventions and data analysis of outcomes. The school counselor will facilitate actions for a positive school environment where all students can learn to overcome challenges in order to be successful. The school counselor will advocate for all students as they strive to achieve their personal and academic goals.

AV School Counseling Program Beliefs

All students have value and worth.

All students have the ability to succeed academically and thrive social-emotionally when they feel supported at school.

All students can learn to overcome challenges in order to be successful in a positive, nurturing school environment.

All students will have equal access to a school counselor who advocates for their academic, social-emotional, and college/career development through a comprehensive school counseling program.

School counselors will support all students by meeting data-driven needs through evidence-based practices.

School counselors identify barriers to success and collaborate with stakeholders to implement interventions that support student achievement.

School counselors provide a comprehensive school counseling program that follows the ASCA National Model and ethical guidelines.

School counselors help students to become self-advocates in their academic, social-emotional, and career development.

The school counseling program collaborates with educational stakeholders to increase equity and access to opportunity.

The school counseling program will include purposeful and meaningful interventions that work to minimize the achievement gap.

The comprehensive school counseling program meets students’ developmental needs  as identified through needs assessments, implements evidence-based programs, and uses data to analyze outcomes.



Discussions with a counselor and student are confidential. The three exceptions to this are: if a student tells the counselor someone is harming them, or they are harming themselves, or they want to harm someone else. 

Please feel free to contact us if you think your son/daughter may benefit from counseling. Students may also request to be seen on their own by filling out a Counselor Request form located in the main office or by stopping by our room, 503. Stop by and say hi any time!

2017-2018 School Counseling Year End Summary Report
Counseling Year End Summary Report
Elementary School counseling Report

Second Step Social-Emotional Learning Curriculum

The Second Step program is a social-emotional learning curriculum delivered via classroom guidance lessons by the counselor to all students. Second Step is designed to promote skills and attitudes that increase students' success in school, help them get along with others, and create a positive school climate in order to prevent school violence and bullying.


What is social-emotional learning?

  • Recognizing emotions in oneself and others 
  • Managing strong emotions
  • Having empathy for others
  • Controlling impulses
  • Communicating clearly and assertively 
  • Maintaining cooperative relationships
  • Making responsible decisions 
  • Solving problems effectively

Second Step lessons for elementary grades include:

  • Listening & Focusing Attention
  • Respect, Empathy, & Compassion
  • Identifying Feelings 
  • Emotion Management & Calming Down
  • Problem Solving 

Second Step lessons for 6th-8th grade include:

  • Emotion Management: Emotions, Brain, and Body
  • Calming Down Strategies
  • Coping with Stress

Additional classroom guidance lessons for middle school include the Signs of Suicide (SOS), study skills, career exploration, and making healthy choices online. 


Parents and guardians can access more information through entering this activation code on

Kindergarten: SSPK FAMI LY70

Grade 1: SSP1 FAMI LY71

Grade 2: SSP2 FAMI LY72

Grade 3: SSP3 FAMI LY73

Grade 4: SSP4 FAMI LY74

Grade 5: SSP5 FAMI LY75

Grade 6: SSP6 FAMI LY12

Grade 7: SSP7 FAMI LY23

Grade 8: SSP8 FAMI LY34



Signs of Suicide & Depression curriculum 

As part of the district-wide counseling program, all 7th graders in the district receive education and awareness on the signs of suicide and depression. Students are taught to ACT - Acknowledge, Care, and Tell, if they have a friend that needs help talking to a trusted adult, or if they themselves, need to talk to an adult to seek help and resources. Below is a handout that all 7th graders at Arroyo Vista received following the Signs of Suicide lesson. 

Get Support

Community Mental Health Resource Guide

Please see the attached comprehensive list of community resources covering many areas of need including, but not limited to; CUSD resources, hotlines, shelters, counseling centers, basic needs, and substance abuse assistance.

Click here for resources

suicide hotline

national suicide hotline

Having a Problem with another Student?



A conflict mediation is a chance to sit down with another student that you are having an issue wtih and talk about the problem. Mediations are completely confidential and supervised by the Counselor as a mediator. There are a few rules to agree to before a meidation can take place:

1.both students need to be willing to participate name calling or put downs

3. each student is allowed to speak with no interruptions

4. everything discussed in mediation stays completely confidential

Here is a copy of the Conflict Mediation Form so you can have an idea of how the process goes.

Solving problems appropriately is a skill that will definitely help you succeed in the future!

Mrs. Beckman
Mrs. Beckman

Mrs. Emily Beckman

Available Days: Thurs., Fri., every other Wed.

Office location: Room 503

Phone: 949-234-5951


Mrs. Brennan
Mrs. Brennan

Mrs. Kelli Brennan

Available Days: Mon., Tues., every other Wed. 

Office Location: Room 503

Phone: 949-234-5951



Ms. Thews

Ms. Lauren Thews (sub counselor for Mrs. Brennan)

Available days: Mon., Tues., every other Wed.

Office Location: Room 503

Phone: 949-234-5951


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