AES Counseling Program

Classroom Curriculum: Second Step

Second Step for Kindergarten through Grade 5 is a universal, classroom-based program designed to increase students' school success and decrease problem behaviors by promoting social-emotional competence and self-regulation. It teaches skills that strengthen students' ability to learn, have empathy, manage emotions, and solve problems. The program targets key risk and protective factors linked to a range of problem behaviors. Equipping students with Second Step skills creates a safer, more respectful learning environment that promotes school success for all.

How to visit the counselor

Teachers may refer students to the counselor or parents may request counselor visits. Students may also complete to a counselor request form for a one-time visit.

Types of counseling

Lunch groups: these are groups of 3-5 students who enjoy learning about social skills in the counselor's office without the hustle and bustle of the cafeteria. The kids get to know each other and practice social skills.

Small groups: 2-4 kids that are working on the same type of skill meet regularly for support, empowerment, and encouragement.

Individual meetings: I can meet with students who need individual support and help finding strategies and solutions to their challenges.


The students can expect their time with me to be confidential. However, if they are in a situation that is harmful to them or someone else, they know I will share information with other people who can help keep them safe. Please, if you have concerns or questions about this, see me.