Overview

School counselors are trained professionals, with a minimum of a masters degree and Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential, that support the healthy academic, social-emotional, and college and career development of all students in TK-12 school settings by designing, implementing, and evaluating a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes and enhances student success.

School social workers are licensed and/or certified mental health providers serving diverse groups of students, families, schools, and communities by providing evidence-based behavioral, social-emotional, and mental health services that enhance academic performance. Through assessments of home, school, personal, and community factors that may affect a student's learning, school adjustment, and general well-being, school social workers work to develop resiliency strategies, programs and services that build self-esteem, nurture positive development, and help to bond students to their school community (California Association of School Social Workers).

The School Counseling Department at La Mirada Academy strives to provide each student with a safe, caring, and nurturing environment that fosters their unique talents and strengths, and helps them acquire the necessary attitudes, knowledge, and skills to be successful in their education and become well-rounded individuals.

In order to achieve this, we have many duties in our school which include:

  • Facilitating classroom lessons in all TK-8 grades and classrooms

  • Coordinating school-wide activities to promote a positive school culture and student engagement

  • Conducting small-group counseling sessions 

  • Providing short-term, brief individual counseling

  • Responding to crises and supporting students social-emotional well-being

  • Consulting and collaborating with school staff and families to promote student success

  • Directing and referring families to diverse community resources, including long-term mental health support