In addition to providing individual and group counseling services, Discovery Counseling Center also offers programs in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District schools and at our offices in Danville and San Ramon.
ANTI-BULLYING PROGRAM FOR 4TH AND 5TH GRADE STUDENTS
PROJECT: EMPOWHER AND GUY’D 2 GREATNESS
Made Possible by a Generous Grant from the Quest Foundation
As an extension of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District’s 21st Century Health Literacy Programs, Discovery Counseling Center offers a monthly Project: EmpowHer and Guy’d 2 Greatness program for 4th and 5th grade students.
Today’s students need help with everyday challenges and stresses, especially with peer relationships. Girls are immersed in a culture of relational aggression where they are wounded by the words and actions of other girls. Boys face societal pressures to “be a man” while given few outlets to express troubling emotions or develop coping strategies. This occurs at a time in their development where relationships are of paramount importance and can be tumultuous as a child develops his/her identity. Peer relationship problems and aggression in the form of bullying interfere with children aligning with each other and deprive them of a valuable support-system and sense of belonging.
Students need alternatives for more positive behaviors and guided to understand different types of aggression. Project: EmpowHer and Guy’d 2 Greatness offer support for students by educating them about relational behaviors and bullying: how it hurts, why it happens, ways to cope, and the assurance that these behaviors can be changed.
Project: EmpowHer and Guy’d 2 Greatness are currently running at ten elementary schools in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. These workshops occur at each school campus, during school hours, and are facilitated by Discovery Counseling Center therapists Jennifer Zink and Rob Ayala.
ALTERNATIVE TO SUSPENSION PROGRAM (ASP)
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE SAN RAMON VALLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
The Discovery Counseling Center has partnered with the San Ramon Valley Unified School District to create a program for first-time tobacco, marijuana, and alcohol-related school suspensions. If the student and his or her parents agree to participate in the program, the student will receive a reduction in the number of days suspended. This program is facilitated by Discovery Counseling Center’s staff therapist, Rachel Kincaid, LMFT.
What is it?
The suspended student will undergo an assessment of his or her current marijuana, alcohol, or tobacco use. This is done with a counselor in a one on one setting.
There is a mandatory subsequent family session to discuss the assessment and offer resources and referrals. Family sessions may include one or both parents, step-parents, legal guardians and any family members, who may have been affected by the suspension or family situation, who wish to attend. The student must be present for the follow-up family session.
At the completion of both sessions, the appropriate school administrator is informed and the student may return to school at the discussed date. If the student and parents fail to complete the program, the original number of days suspended will be reinstated.
COUNSELING, INTERVENTION AND SUPPORT FOR SENIORS (CISS)
Activities, programs and outings are designed to help older adults lead productive, interesting and engaged lives. These all contribute greatly to participants’ maintaining a positive outlook on life. However, for many seniors, this may not be enough. What about the seniors who are struggling with depression, anxiety over a spouse’s illness, or stress because of dwindling financial resources? Coping with mental health issues is a critical part of the aging process, which is often sadly neglected.
Thanks to a generous donation from Chevron, Discovery Counseling Center and the Town of Danville have partnered to provide much-needed mental health services to seniors at Danville's Senior Center and at the Discovery Counseling Center clinic. CISS: Counseling, Intervention & Support for Seniors brings mental health services to where seniors gather on a regular basis.
Discovery Counseling Center's therapist, Dr. Frances Rapoport, is available at the Senior Center one day every-other week and at the Discovery clinic once a week. Dr. Fran has set up office hours at the Senior Center and in the clinic that makes therapy readily available and non-threatening. Dr. Rapoport also offers group counseling on issues such as grief, loss, transitions and maintaining good mental health, which meets once a week at the Discovery Counseling Center.
MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION FOR TEENS
CLASSES FOR HIGH SCHOOL AND MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS
Is your student stressed out? Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T) is an evidence-based program created to help your teen identify how one experiences stress, how to dial it down with mindfulness and respond more effectively to life situations.
Middle School Group Facilitator:
Kiara Curzi, LMFT
925.837.0505 ext. 312
Feb. 13, 20 & 27 and March 6, 13 & 20
High School Group Facilitator:
Colleen Millen, LMFT
925.837.0505 ext. 418
Feb. 10 & 24 and March 3, 10, 17 and 24
SCHOOL COUNSELING AND INTERVENTION PROGRAM (SCIP)
School Based Counseling (individual & group counseling) is provided at twenty-two elementary schools, eight middle schools, four high schools and two independent schools in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. Our School Counseling and Intervention Program (SCIP) helps children develop social competence, gain problem-solving skills, and build self-esteem. In partnership with the School District, time- limited counseling (10-12 sessions) is offered on school sites by pre-licensed counselors supervised by Discovery Counseling Center staff therapists.