Mental Health & Support Services
The Mental Health and Support Services (MHSS) Department consists of licensed and certified school counselors and social workers, psychologists, and behaviorists. This multi-disciplinary team believes in providing personalized support at each KIPP SoCal school that responds to the needs of each student, offering a range of tiered mental health, counseling, referral, and social and emotional services and support to help children, youth, and families become better equipped to thrive in school and life.
KIPP SoCal Public Schools offers #WellnessWednesday monthly community information sessions, as part of our commitment to mental health. Watch and read about the latest sessions below.
Our School Counselors continue to be available to support our students and families during these trying times. Some of the ways we will support our families during distance learning include:
- Sending an optional "Needs Assessment" survey to all families to help us identify resources for you and/or your child (e.g. therapy services, hygiene items, school supplies).
- All students will receive weekly social emotional lessons, virtual calm classroom and calm corner mindfulness techniques to help them cope with strong feelings and stress, strengthen social skills, and build responsible decision-making.
- All schools are partnered with a community mental health agency should you be interested in therapy for your child.
If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to a teacher, School Leader, or office on how to set-up an appointment with your school’s counselor.
Key Support Initiatives
We offer individual and group counseling services to support social and emotional learning, guidance and consultation to school teams on effective academic and behavioral interventions, robust internal special education services, a continuum of mental health support, and additional specialized student support services to address the ever-changing needs of our students and their families.
Youth Experiencing Homelessness & Foster Care
Guidance to Family Service Center
Transportation Bus Cards
Foster Youth Rights Awareness
Youth Identifying as LGBTQ
OUT For Safe Schools
The Crisis Textline
Youth with Special Education Needs
1:1 Personalized Support
Smaller Learning Environments
Support Initiatives for All Youth
HEART (Healing Environments And Responses to Trauma)
Our HEART approach teaches educators to understand the impact that stress and trauma can have on a child's ability to regulate their emotions, behavior, and ultimately learn. We heal the heart so the brain can learn.