Dear CLMS Parents, Today, school counselors are certified, specially trained mental health professionals who focus on prevention and wellness through a counseling program aimed at supporting all students. As vital members of the education team, counselors address the needs of students in the following areas: academics, college and career preparation, and social/emotional growth. School counselors advocate, mediate, coordinate, consult, lead, and collaborate with teachers, administrators, and parents to help students be successful and help them to understand themselves. All students are able to learn. A student experiencing academic or personal concerns, however, cannot learn as easily. School counselors can help. Divorce, substance abuse, child abuse, poverty, violence, and suicidal thoughts are among the social stressors placing numerous students at risk of educational failure. Early intervention is essential; a counseling program that provides direct services and is conducted by a professionally trained school counselor is a critical component of a school's prevention efforts. The School Counseling program at Canyon Lake Middle School is based on the ASCA (American School Counselor Association) National Model and is designed to respond to the normal developmental needs of all students in the areas of academic, career, and social/emotional growth. School counseling activities take place in small group settings, individual meetings, and, at times, in the classroom. Our goal is to work with students, parents, teachers, and administrators to ensure school success for our children. Our desire is to challenge each student to reach their individual academic potential while becoming responsible and caring people.
Ruben Lopez and Lisa Nadalet, CLMS Counselors