School-Based Program

Launched in 1998 within the Azusa community, the school-based outreach program now includes more than 20 schools (grades K-12) that offer counseling and guidance services to children on-site. Counseling is provided to students during school hours and includes servicing students and their families through referrals for weekly therapy at the CCC offices. Sessions last 30 minutes and generally span an 8-week period, depending on the referral. The School-Based Program addresses such issues as:

  • Anger outbursts
  • Conduct problems
  • Death in the family
  • Demanding behavior
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Family conflicts
  • Nervousness
  • Regressed behavior
  • School transitions
  • Self confidence
  • Social isolation
  • Social issues
  • Student/teacher conflicts

Before a student participates in a session, parental consent is obtained. The teacher completes an observational measure, and the child is observed in the classroom to establish his or her baseline behavior. This helps the therapist gain understanding of specific struggles the child may be experiencing.

Before developing a collaborative relationship with any school, program leaders meet with administrators, school principals, and other relevant parties to better facilitate the following process:

  • Understanding the needs of the school
  • Understanding the teachers’ needs
  • Understanding the needs of the students
  • Determining the community’s resources
  • Ensuring that the CCC is prepared to meet these needs
  • Establishing a collaborative working relationship

Benefit to Schools:

  • Counseling provided to students during school hours and on the premises (unless not therapeutically appropriate)
  • Close connection and collaboration with CCC administration and staff
  • Coordination with schools’ selected staff members, teachers, and school psychologists
  • Collaboration with outside mental health or physical health agencies
  • Availability of services from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday–Friday
  • Services reviewed 90-180 days into the contract
  • Services offered to children and families who speak a variety of languages, Including Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Korean

For more information about the school-based program, call the Community Counseling Center at (626) 815-5421.