Social & Emotional

Always be good to yourself

School counselors can help students with what is happening personally or with their friends and family.

Role of the school Counselor

  • Helps students improve their school work (organization, completion of assignments, and studying)                                                      
  • Helps students navigate through friendship changes
  • Helps mediate any issues between students and teachers 
  • Provides individual interventions for personal challenges with family or private life (divorce, grief, health, self-esteem)
  • Crisis Interventions (anxiety, behavior management, risk assessments)
  • Group Interventions (counseling, conflict mediation, substance abuse information)
  • Acts as a student support liaison and case carrier for students with Section 504 Accommodation Plans

(All activities and clubs follow the IUSD Non-Discrimination Policy; BP 5145.3)

Resources at South Lake

  • Contact Counselor
  • Irvine Family Resource Center
  • Wellness Coordinator (IUSD mental health specialist) supports with consultation, short-term counseling, crisis counseling/intervention, resource linkage for families. 
  • Sole Sisters program for middle school students. Sole Sisters creates a positive, structured environment for middle school girls to learn about themselves, explore new ideas, cultivate empathy, strengthen connections and develop life skills that will help them as they move through adolescence and beyond. It is a program which is offered within the school day and provides female middle school students opportunities learn valuable life skills from social-emotional perspectives 
  • Guys Got Game- A program which includes establishing positive core values, promoting health and wellness, as well as building responsibility and integrity. The program aims to help male middle school students make positive choices in life by utilizing sports as its teaching method. It provides students opportunities to share common challenges and strategies to overcome them. It teaches character development and communication skills necessary to be successful in middle/high school, athletics, college, and beyond. 

Creating Wellness

Personal Wellness
  • Do something relaxing
  • Be creative
  • Talk to someone you trust
  • Start a personal hobby
  • Write a list of what you're thankful for
Social Wellness
  • Join a club
  • Connect with family/friends
  • Volunteer
Physical Wellness
  • Sleep
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise/sports
  • Hygiene

Helpful Links


Stop Bullying


Changeville: Dealing with Separation or Divorce


Comfort Zone Camp

Compassion Books

National Alliance for Grieving Children


Kids Health


Cosmic Kids Yoga and Mindfulness

Mind Yeti


Act Without Words

Avoid Pampering


Encouragement vs. Praise

Family Chores

Four Steps for Winning Cooperation

Mistaken Goals

Natural Consequences

Positive Time Out


Small Steps

Special Time

Three Rs of Recovery

Understanding the Brain

Validate Feelings


Child Development Institute