Counseling Services

Counseling Services

Support For Every Student, Every Day 

Counseling Services in Leander ISD graphic representing a pyramid with the following tiers: (Top to Bottom) Outside Referral; FST & ADAPT Counseling; Individual and Small Group Counseling Services; Classroom Guidance, Group Activities and Academic Planning. An arrow indicates the top of the pyramid describes identified students while the bottom describes all students.

The mission of the Leander ISD Counseling Services Department is to provide a proactive and comprehensive counseling program for all students. Counseling Services partners with educators, parents/guardians and community members to ensure all students in Leander ISD are prepared with the knowledge and skills to contribute at the highest level as productive members of society.

Leander ISD's Counseling Services Department is comprised of school-based counselors and school-based social workers and substance abuse prevention counselors. Through the comprehensive counseling program, students develop their academic, career and social skills to “Unlock Their Potential."

School Counseling

School counselors work to promote the academic, career and social development of all students. While school counselors primarily provide academic and career advising, school counselors also serve as the first point of contact for social and emotional concerns.

School counselors provide lessons in the classroom setting as well as meeting individually with students and parents.

School Social Workers and Substance Abuse Prevention Counselors

The Leander ISD Family Services Team (FST) is comprised of six Licensed Clinical Social Workers who provide short-term therapy services to students. The FST social workers serve students and families who struggle with issues that significantly impact student learning and serves as a link between school, home and the community.

The Leander ISD Alcohol Drug Awareness and Prevention Team (ADAPT) promotes and supports wellness, healthy choices and a drug-free lifestyle through prevention education and short term individual or group counseling services. ADAPT also offers a voluntary random drug testing program for middle and high school students, as well as substance abuse assessments.

Second Step® Program

Social Skills Learning is recognized as a key ingredient for school and life success. To meet these specific needs, Leander ISD adopted the Second Step curriculum. The lessons are taught at in all elementary classrooms in grades K-5 as well as Early Learning Classrooms.

The developmentally appropriate lessons are divided into four units.

  • Skills for Learning
  • Empathy
  • Emotional Management
  • Problem Solving

The overall goal of Social Skills Learning is to increase student instructional time by helping students stay on task and decreasing behaviors impacting learning.

Parenting the Love and Logic Way®

Parenting the Love and Logic Way® is a six-week program designed to help parents nurture responsible, respectful, fun-to-be around children who will learn how to make their own choices, own their problems, think critically and logically for themselves, while parents let empathy and consequences do the teaching.

For more information about the Love and Logic® philosophy visit or attend a free introductory session.

Introductory Sessions:
Sept. 13, 2018 from 6–7 p.m.
Reed Elementary School

Jan. 24, 2019 from 6–7 p.m.
Four Points Middle School

Registration not necessary for introductory sessions.

Parenting the Love and Logic® Way Class Information:

  • Cost: $35/individual; $55/couple (if sharing materials). Scholarships are available.
  • Child care will NOT be offered.
  • Feel free to bring a snack or dinner.

Semester One
Classes are taught each Thursday from Sept. 27 to Nov. 1, 2018. Participants should plan on attending all six sessions.

Reed Elementary School
1515 Little Elm Trail, Cedar Park, 78613

10 a.m.–12 p.m. or 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Semester Two
Classes are taught each Thursday from Feb. 7 to March 14, 2019. Participants should plan on attending all six sessions.

Four Points Middle School
9700 McNeil Dr., Austin, 78750

10 a.m.–12 p.m. or 6 p.m.–8 p.m.

For questions about this course offering, click here to email Mary Ann Kluga or call 512-570-0315.

Click here to Register for Classes.

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