Counseling

Elementary Resource Specialist

Hello! My name is Stacy Warner and I am your Elementary Resource Counseling Specialist.  I have been in the education field for over 15 years. I graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and was a substitute teacher for 11 years.  This allowed me to also be a mom to my 3 boys. After raising my boys, I went back to school and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Educational and Clinical Counseling, along with a Pupil Personnel Services Credential in 2017 from Azusa Pacific University.  I am currently registered through the Board of Behavioral Sciences in CA, and hope to have my Professional Clinical Counselor license in the next 5 years.

 

My passion is to help people of all ages find their potential to be self-motivated and realize their importance of their life.  Helping children become resilient while learning life skills in school, along with increasing their academic ability, is what brings me joy while being the Elementary Resource Counselor at Portola Springs!

 

Contact me with any questions!

Monday-Friday 7:30-3:30

949-963-8850

stacywarner@iusd.org

 

School Based 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.

 

Additional 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

  • Irvine Family Resource Center (949) 936-7580

  • Didi Hirsch Mental Health 24 hour crisis line: (877) 727-4747

  • Irvine Police Department: (949) 724-7000 (non-emergency line)

  • OC Links (855) 625-4657

Guidance Assistant 

Hi! My name is Rebecca Chung and I am excited to support students’ social-emotional learning through my role as the Guidance Assistant. I received my M.S.W. and P.P.S. Credential from UCLA, specializing in School Social Work and worked for two years as an Elementary School Counselor before moving abroad to China and Korea. After living nearly 10 years overseas, my family and I returned home to Orange County last year. Through all my travels and varying roles in education, I have remained passionate about helping students succeed. As the Guidance Assistant, I will be supporting Second Step lessons in the classroom and meeting with students in small groups, called Toolbox Groups, to reinforce the skills and strategies learned through the program. I will be on-site on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Second-step program

The Second Step program teaches Social-Emotional Learning 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) supports classroom lessons from the evidence-based Second Step program, and supports students with additional opportunities to practice these skills in a small group setting (Toolbox Groups). 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.