School-Based Counseling Services

In our school-based counseling programs, we serve thousands of Pajaro Valley Unified School students each year. Kid’s Korner and the Secondary Student Assistance Program (SAP) counselors help students with numerous issues including school transitions, grief and loss, peer, family and teacher conflicts, drug and alcohol issues, and anger management. Our counselors help students stay in school and succeed. We offer mental health counseling services in over 20 school sites within the Pajaro Valley Unified School District. Our counseling staff includes licensed therapists and interns on Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) and Clinical Social Work (CSW) tracks, as well as youth development specialists.

THE PROGRAMS

Kid’s Korner (Elementary Schools)
Kid’s Korner is a school based counseling program for elementary aged students. PVPSA provides a counselor and a safe, nurturing place for students at nearly all of the PVUSD elementary schools. Interns provide counseling for a variety of issues a student might be having from challenging classroom behavior to loss of a loved one, to family issues at home or bullying at school. Services are provided during school hours and free to the students. Referrals can be made directly or through school personnel.

Secondary Student Assistance Program (Middle and High Schools)
Available at all middle, junior and high schools, PVPSA offers individual counseling and peer support groups for students engaged in at-risk behavior such as substance use, truancy and gang involvement. Short-term family counseling and referrals to community resources are provided. Referrals can be made directly to the agency or through school personnel.

First Five, Monterey County
Additionally, counseling services are offered to children, aged 0-5 years, and their families, who reside in Monterey County, including the communities of Pajaro, Royal Oaks, and Las Lomas. Referrals can be made directly to the agency or through Ohlone, Hall, Pajaro Middle School and through Healthy Start.

Alcohol and Drug Prevention (High Schools)
Group and case management services offered to high school students who are experimenting or at risk of using alcohol and drug substances. Services are provided at various school sites by trained personnel using evidenced-based approaches that motivate a decision and commitment to change and support success in implementing the desired changes. Referrals can be made directly to the agency or through school personnel.

Students and families with Medi-Cal: Quality counseling services are provided to students with Medi-Cal from Santa Cruz and Monterey County. Services are offered by experienced professionals at various school sites including the elementary, middle and high schools. Referrals can be made directly to the agency or through school personnel.

Students and families without health insurance (Monterey County): Quality counseling services are provided to students and families that reside in Monterey County and are uninsured. Services are offered by experienced professionals at the school sites and in our counseling center. Referrals can be made directly to the agency by calling the counseling center at 831-728-5808 or through school personnel.