Dedicated to helping our young people live up to the incredible potential that lies within each of them to achieve personal, academic, and career success.
School Psychologist. Serving students with known or suspected disabilities
School Counselor. Serving the entire 6th grade, and all 7th graders whose last names start with M-Z.
School Counselor. Serving the entire 8th grade, and all 7th graders whose last names start with A-L
Ms. Smith has a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Michigan University in addition to her California School Psychology credential from National University. She is licensed as a Limited Licensed Psychologist in the state of Michigan in addition to being a credentialed school psychologist in California. Mr. Graham and Mr. Fuller both hold a master’s degree in School Counseling and are certified by the State of California to provide school counseling services to elementary, middle, and high school students. Mr. Fuller also has a bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a minor in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from San Diego State University, and Mr. Graham has a bachelor's degree in Philosophy from UC Berkeley.
About the Counseling Program
Before the pandemic , we worked out of an office right next to Mr. Rich's Social Studies class. Since we won't be able to use that office for a while longer, we're working on building a new office on this website. Middle school students probably understand better than anyone how hard change can be, and moving in to this new online space will certainly be a huge change for us. Since school counseling is really all about empowering students, we're hoping the students themselves will help guide us through this change by sharing their perspectives on how our new space might best serve their needs. Fortunately, experience shows that while change can often be painful, if managed correctly it can also lead to levels of growth and learning that may not have been possible if everything had stayed the same as before.
Even though our new online office will be a whole lot different than our old one, our mission of helping students achieve personal, academic, and career success has not changed. In fact, we believe that in many ways the new online learning environment we now share will enable us to carry out our mission more efficiently and effectively. As many of you will recall, there were lots of fliers, pamphlets, and posters in our old office. These served their purpose, but since all that information and artwork was on paper, it was hard to keep organized and there was a limit to how much of it we could display. In our new online office, those problems will be pretty much a thing of the past. Of course, that doesn't mean we plan on filling up the pages of this site with huge amounts of random content. Although broad in scope, the work of school counselors still consists of supporting students in the three domains of school counseling, which are officially referred to as Social/Emotional Development, Academic Development, and College and Career Readiness. Because the formal descriptions don't quite capture the meaning that success in each of the domains has in our program, we have chosen to refer to them on this site as Increasing Personal Power, Winning in School, and Living Your Dream.
Our plan for the next phase of development of this site is to gather links to information and resources that could potentially help students find success in each of those three areas of counseling. If you have links you would like to recommend, please let us know!
Scope of Services
CPMA counseling is focused on developing and running a comprehensive school counseling program that supports the social and emotional well-being of our students and assists them with setting and achieving academic and career goals. While crisis intervention and short-term solution-focused counseling are important parts of the program, school counselors refer students and families to community providers and outside agencies when longer-term or more specialized mental health services are needed. The increasing awareness that mental health is just as important as physical health has led to an abundant and sometimes confusing array of programs and services, and the decision of which to use ultimately lies with the family. If a student has private insurance, CPMA counselors normally recommend taking advantage of the existing coverage. Students who have Medi-Cal or are uninsured are often referred to the SchooLink program, which offers a wide variety of excellent services based on individual needs. While we recommend speaking with a counselor first, students and families are free to contact the program directly. Click here for more information about the School-link program.
Mental Health and Wellness Resources
San Diego Crisis & Access (888)724-7240 - Suicide prevention, crisis intervention, community resources, mental health referrals, and alcohol and drug support services. Confidential.
up2sd.org - Mental health and suicide prevention information and resources for all types of people
Rady Childrens Behavioral Health Urgent Care -The Behavioral Health Urgent Care serves children, teens and their families struggling with urgent emotional and/or behavioral concerns that pose a risk to their safety, or the safety of others, or significantly impair their daily lives.
https://www.saysandiego.org - referrals to counseling, parenting groups, emergency assistance for food & clothes, tutoring, mentoring, etc.
Each Mind Matters-California: www.eachmindmatters.org
211 San Diego: http://211sandiego.org -Connects people with community, health and disaster services through a free 24/7 database)
Behavior Health Services San Diego: www.sandiegocounty.gov/hhsa/programs/bhs/
National Institute for Mental Health: www.nimh.nih.gov
Student Supports: http://www.sandiegounified.org/support
District Wellness Resources: https://www.sandiegounified.org/wellness-resources
Mental Health Awareness
Know the warning signs: https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Know-the-Warning-Signs
Learn more about mental health: http://teenmentalhealth.org/
How to Contact
Ms. Smith, Mr. Graham, and Mr. Fuller are available to support students during the pandemic via email, telephone, and zoom. To request counseling, please use the Request for Counseling form.