ACE Counseling

Academy Counseling and Empowerment (ACE)

What is ACE?

ACE stands for Academy Counseling and Empowerment. The purpose of ACE is to provide time-limited, pro-bono counseling to students enrolled at SRVCA that are showing signs of emotional distress and are struggling in school. Some common issues include friendships, bullying, peer pressure, family struggles, anxiety, losses, body image, and eating issues. Counseling at school can offer students a refuge to work through some challenges and develop tools to cope in a stressful culture. Individual counseling gives kids an opportunity to work through personal issues on a one-to- one basis, while group sessions offer a supportive, cooperative environment for connection and social skill development. Being time-limited, the counseling is focused on brief-therapy interventions to provide children with coping skills, social skills development, and behavior modification. In some cases, the child and/or family may be referred to the counseling center for longer-term family therapy.

Getting Started

If you would like to take advantage of ACE services for your child, the first step is to call the counseling center at (925) 820-1467. You will be greeted with a warm voice to take some basic background information about your child who will then match your child with an available therapist. The counselor will coordinate with the child's teacher(s) to ensure their 30 minute counseling appointment will work with the academic schedule. Pending availability of counselors, the ACE sessions may begin within a week. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the counseling center staff, and we would be happy to talk with you more about the ACE program.