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Counseling

Mission Statement

The mission of the school counseling program is to provide all students with a comprehensive school counseling program centered around an engaging curriculum that encourages the highest level of student achievement through their growth in academic, career and personal/social domains.  In partnership with teachers, administrators, parents and a caring community, the school counselor will help all students to be successful lifelong learners and problem solvers.

Counseling Services

School counselors are professional school advocates.  We are part of the team who works to provide all students with life success skills and to ensure equal opportunities for all students to participate fully in the educational process and as successful members of society.  Our program addresses the academic, career and personal/social development of all students at Ventana Ranch Elementary.


  • Individual/Responsive Counseling

Topics include: friendship issues, coping skills, decision-making skills, and family life issues. "School counselors do not provide therapy." (1-3 sessions Maximum)

  • Small Group Counseling (usually 5-6 Meetings)

Based on need and availability.  Topics include: Divorce/Family Changes, Friendship/Social Skills, Coping Skills (anger management & problem solving skills), Grief & Study Skills

  • Classroom Guidance Lessons:

I facilitate grade-appropriate lessons in every class  (K-5) on problem-solving skills, anti-bullying strategies, friendship skills, preparing for middle school, internet safety and other applicable topics in the following categories: Academic Development, Personal/Social Development & Career Development

Counseling Curriculum

  • Kindergarten: 
    • First Semester: Second Step Curriculum – Emotion Management and Assertiveness Training.
    • Second Semester: MindUP – Brain Knowledge and Self-Regulation
  • First Grade: 
    • First Semester: Second Step Curriculum – Emotion Management
    • Second Semester Problem Solving Skills
  • Second Grade: 
    • First Semester: MindUP- Brain Knowledge, Self-regulation
    • Second Semester: Continuation of MindUP
  • Third Grade
    • First Semester: Steps to Respect Curriculum – Friendship Building & Bully Prevention Program.
    • Second Semester: Problem Solving Skills
  • Fourth Grade:
    • First Semester: MindUp-Brain Knowledge and Self-Regulation
    • Second Semester: Continuation of MindUP
  • Fifth Grade
    • First Semester: Why Try Curriculum – Goal Setting and Motivation
    • Second Semester: Middle School Preparation Curriculum

*Curriculum can change without notice.

School Counselor
Contact Rebecca Chinchilla  Rebecca Chinchilla (505) 890-7375 ex: 42641 Counselor

Confidentiality & Informed Consent

Confidentiality is always maintained in both group and individual counseling sessions. There may be circumstances when it is necessary to release confidential information regarding a student. State law requires that any suspicion or evidence of child abuse/neglect, elder abuse, or knowledge of a minor engaging in dangerous or illegal behavior be reported to the appropriate child protection agencies and/or legal authorities.

Furthermore, if a student poses a serious danger to him/herself or is a substantial danger to others, any individual (including school personnel) with knowledge, evidence, or suspicion of said danger, is required by law to intervene. The intervention may include informing family members, identified victims, and/or the proper authorities to provide for the safety of the student and others.