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. 

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.

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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 www.loveandlogic.com or attend a free introductory session.

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.

Fall 2019 Classes
Canyon Ridge Middle School – Library Conference Room
12601 Country Trails, Austin, 78732
November 7, 14, 21 and December 5, 12, and 19, 2019
10–12 P.M. or 6–8 P.M. 
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Registration Link

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

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