Counseling Services

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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.

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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.

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.

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

Time:
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.

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

Time:
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.

Empowered Parenting Series

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In Leander ISD, we value the partnership between school staff and families. The Counseling Services Department has created a series of workshops to build on this partnership and empower parents and students with useful information. Each session topic has been carefully selected to meet the needs of our community and empower parents with knowledge and skills. All workshops are from 6:30 to 7:30 PM.

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October 2 – Self-Regulation: Helping Your Child Keep Their Mind, Body and Emotions Engaged and Learning

Speaker: Emily Voges, Certified Specialist in Restorative Practices, TBRI Practitioner, Leander ISD Behavior Coach

Camacho Elementary School - 501 Municipal Dr., Leander, TX 78641

Primary Audience - Elementary Parents

Does your child seem to go 0-100? Do they have difficulty expressing how they feel? Is it hard for them to stay engaged with learning? This one-hour session will focus on skills and tools from "The Zones of Regulation" to teach your child how to recognize when they are dysregulated and how they can use appropriate tools in the classroom to self-regulate for optimal learning. Strategies and skills taught will be appropriate for children ages 3 yrs to 12 yrs.


October 17 – Let’s Talk About Mental Health

Speaker: National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Austin

Rouse High School - 1222 Raider Way, Leander, TX 78641

Primary Audience - All Parents

It’s time to talk about mental health! Research shows that 1 in 5 teens experience a mental health issue, with depression and anxiety being the most common diagnosis. Left untreated, these conditions can worsen and impact all aspects of a teen’s life. More than 40% of teens are not receiving the care and treatment they need – often because they are too embarrassed to talk about mental health or don’t know how to ask for help. This one-hour presentation equips parents and caregivers with simple tools for proactively addressing this important health issue with the goal of encouraging positive conversations that help teens feel more comfortable seeking help for themselves or their friends.

November 27 – Depression and Bipolar Disorder in Adolescents

Speaker: Dr. Karen Swartz, Director, Johns Hopkins Adolescent Depression Awareness Program (ADAP)

Georgetown High School - 2211 N. Austin Ave., Georgetown, TX 78626

Primary Audience - All Parents
Depression affects approximately 5 percent of today’s teenagers. Of these, a mere 30 percent receive any sort of intervention or treatment, even though studies show depression can be effectively treated in adolescents. ADAP aims to increase awareness and decrease stigma about mood disorders in young people while stressing the need for evaluation and treatment. Suicide, the most serious risk of depression, is the third leading cause of death among young people ages 15 to 24. It is imperative that high school students, parents and teachers understand the clear link between depression and suicide.   

January 31 – The Story Matters: The Why Behind Teen Drug and Alcohol Use

Speaker: Mary Ann Kluga, RN, MPS, LCDC, Leander ISD Alcohol Drug Awareness & Prevention Team Coordinator

Glenn High School - 1320 Collaborative Way, Leander, TX 78641

Primary Audience - All Parents

There are multiple factors behind an adolescent's alcohol and drug use. This session will help you understand the underlying causes that lead to adolescent alcohol and drug use, how substance use affects the teenage brain and what you can do to help.


March 7 – Healthy Teen Relationships

Speaker: Randy Randolph, Safe Place Expect Respect Program

Vandegrift High School - 9500 McNeil Dr., Austin, TX 78750

Primary Audience - Secondary Parents and Students

Want to help your teenager navigate the world of relationships?  Randy Randolph from the SAFE Alliance's Expect Respect program will lead an interactive session on how to make teen romantic relationships work. In addition to looking at the dynamics and actions that  create hurtful versus loving relationships, boundaries, consent, and the warning signs of dating abuse will also be addressed. Students are encouraged to attend and participate in this session.


April 11 – Keeping Your Kids Safe Online (Parent Session) and Staying Safe Online (Student Session)

Speaker: Amy Callaway, Williamson County Advocacy Center and Amy Briggs, Texas Attorney General’s Office

Leander High School - 3301 S. Bagdad Rd., Leander, TX 78641

Primary Audience - All Parents and Secondary Students

Amy Callaway will talk about the current apps that children and teens are downloading and using, what the apps do and why they are dangerous. Her presentation will cover information on grooming and how offenders operate as they select their victims and try to gain their trust. She will explore other ways that offenders communicate with children via the internet and offer suggestions of how to keep your children safe as they navigate technology.


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