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Counselor's Corner


Name: Vanessa Aliaga

Days: Monday - Wednesday

Hours: 7:30 am - 3:00 pm

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Referral Forms

Please select the appropriate button below in order to refer a student to me.

Students can also self-refer by asking their teacher to speak with me.

2nd Step


The Second Step program is a social-emotional learning curriculum delivered via classroom guidance lessons by the counselor to all students. Second Step is designed to promote skills and attitudes that increase students' success in school, help them get along with others, and create a positive school climate in order to prevent school violence and bullying.


What is social-emotional learning?

  • Recognizing emotions in oneself and others 
  • Managing strong emotions
  • Having empathy for others
  • Controlling impulses
  • Communicating clearly and assertively 
  • Maintaining cooperative relationships
  • Making responsible decisions 
  • Solving problems effectively

Second Step lessons for elementary grades include:

  • Listening & Focusing Attention
  • Respect, Empathy, & Compassion
  • Identifying Feelings 
  • Emotion Management & Calming Down
  • Problem Solving 


Parents and guardians can access more information through entering this activation code on

Kindergarten: SSPK FAMI LY70

Grade 1: SSP1 FAMI LY71

Grade 2: SSP2 FAMI LY72

Grade 3: SSP3 FAMI LY73

Grade 4: SSP4 FAMI LY74

Grade 5: SSP5 FAMI LY75


If you are interested in learning how to connect Second Step at home and implement the concepts in the home setting, please see the files below.

*Please note that not all lessons have home links. 

How to help kids
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School Counselors are bound by confidentiality. Everything shared in conversation with a school counselor is confidential unless the student indicates one of the following:

1) Wanting to hurt oneself

2) Wanting to hurt another

3) Is in danger of being hurt

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Second Step
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Join my Classroom


Hello Lions!

Please join my Google Classroom so that we can connect during our distance learning. By joining my classroom you be able to access information such as:

*A virtual relaxation room

*Coping strategies for anxiety and other useful tools to begin practicing more regularly

*Mindfulness activities and other innovative ways to practice positive mental health

*Lessons on social and emotional topics

*Resources for parents

Take Care,

Mrs. Aliaga

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The mission of Capistrano Unified School District School Counselors is to provide a comprehensive counseling program that supports the whole child. School Counselors will focus on the needs, interests and issues related to social-emotional, academic, and college/career development of all students through a multi-tiered system of support. School Counselors will advocate, collaborate and facilitate actions that promote a positive school climate, provide an opportunity for all students to access their education and achieve personal and academic success to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world.


The School Counseling Program strives to provide opportunities so that every student will acquire the social-emotional, academic, and career skills to reach their fullest educational potential and successfully manage their lives as healthy, responsible, competent and productive citizens who respect themselves and others. 

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