Your guide to the

AHS Wellness Center

Services, Information, and Events

Welcome to the AHS Wellness Center!

Please navigate through our site. Many pages have drop-down menus where you can get additional information. Just click on the arrow next to the page name! The pages contain information regarding the topics highlighted below, and more. Please contact Wellness Center Coordinator, Kamela Proulx if you have suggestions regarding additional Wellness and/or Behavioral/Mental Health content applicable to students, families, and educators.

Note: Wellness Center services are offered in-person or virtually using Google Meet or via telephone.

What is the Wellness Center?

The Wellness Center provides a safe supportive environment on the AHS campus where students can go to discuss a variety of issues. Through both on-campus programming and community-based partnerships, students receive coordinated counseling and other support services to maximize student engagement and success. Outreach services and support are provided on the AMS and FAA campuses.

The Wellness Center celebrates diversity, promotes inclusion, and strives to create a sense of belonging for all of our AHS family!

WE ARE THE ONLY ON-SITE SCHOOL BASED WELLNESS CENTER

IN SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY!

The Program

What services does the Wellness Center offer?

Students participate in a variety of services including individual counseling, family therapy, groups, Animal Assisted Therapy (therapy dogs), youth development opportunities, referrals to community agencies, and more. Wellness services provided are free and confidential!


Access

How are students referred?

Students are referred for Wellness Center services by the student’s school counselor, teacher, or parent/guardian. In addition, students may self-refer or refer friends for services.

Who may access services?

The Wellness Center's services are available to all students on the AHS campus and their families, as well as students at Atascadero Middle School and the Fine Arts Academy through our outreach program. Individual, couple, family, parent/guardian, and group counseling is offered.

How are sessions scheduled?

Scheduled individual sessions with students typically occur on a weekly basis for approximately 6-8 weeks. These sessions are held during the student’s electives or other least disruptive times. If additional support is needed, the Wellness Center therapists assist in the transition to community resources. Students are welcome to drop in the Wellness Center before/after school, during breaks, and lunch. The Wellness Center also supports students who have immediate needs or are in crisis. Groups are held during lunch or other times that best meet the needs of the students. Family and parent sessions usually take place after school hours.

Where is the Wellness Center located?

The Wellness Center is located on the AHS campus in the A building downstairs below the counseling offices and has elevator access if needed. The Wellness Center is in a quiet, private location on campus, complemented by a relaxing, peaceful planter and patio area.

About Us

Who is on the Wellness Center Team?

The Coordinator of the Wellness Center is Kamela Proulx, who is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Pupil Personnel Services Credentialed, and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Kamela has worked with children and families for over 30 years in a variety of settings. Pre-licensed therapists gaining their supervised experience hours assist Kamela in providing Wellness Center services. These pre-licensed therapists completed or are near completion of their Master’s education in the fields of psychology, social work, and counseling, and work in the Wellness Center to fulfill their training requirements and gain experience. Kamela closely supervises all their work and collaborates regularly with their colleges/universities. Community professionals such as licensed therapists and educators with CAPSLO and Lumina Alliance (formally RISE and Stand Strong) regularly volunteer to provide additional support.

The Wellness Center Board

The Wellness Center Board is comprised of representatives from the school and the community. All share a dedication to meeting the social/emotional/mental health needs of young people. Together, the Board examines the current and future needs of AHS students, evaluates existing Wellness Center programs, and explores ways to improve and expand our services.

Board members include:

  • AHS student representatives

  • AHS teachers, counselors, Assistant Principal, Wellness Center Coordinator

  • AUSD school board members

  • Community Professionals: Lumina Alliance, CAPSLO, T-MHA, Cuesta College, Balance Treatment Center, local licensed therapists, behavior analysts

Welness Center Services.MOV

Here is a brief video about our services. Note: this video was made to address services during the school closure.