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Counselor's Corner

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Hello Champions! My name is Kristin Vizcaino and I am your school counselor. I love being a part of the Champion Team! As a CUSD School Counselor, I am committed to providing support services for all students to enhance their academic, social/emotional and college and career growth. The goal of my counseling program is to ensure all students develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills that will lead to behaviors that support academic achievement and social-emotional well-being.


Chaparral's counseling program will provide a variety of services throughout the school year for students, parents, and families in order to support that growth. These services include:
  • Community Referrals and Resources
  • Conflict Mediation
  • Consultation
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Positive Behavior Support
  • Second Step Classroom Lessons
  • Short-term Individual Counseling
  • Short-term Group Counseling
  • Student Workshops and Lunch Bunches
Please email me if you have any questions about the counseling services provided at Chaparral. If you would like to refer a student, please use the correct referral link located below.
Chaparral School Counseling

Chaparral School Counseling


The School Counselor Believes ALL Students:
Have the ability to be successful in school and in life when provided with appropriate support and interventions.
Are unique individuals capable of success with their own personal strengths and talents.
Have the right to a safe and nurturing academic environment that supports and enhances their personal growth.
The School Counseling Program:
Is preventative and encompasses academic, social-emotional, and college & career domains to help prepare students for successful futures. 
Is held accountable and evaluated by utilizing data-driven practices.
Is based upon specified goals, input from staff and parents, and developmental student standards.
Is developed in consideration of the special needs and the diverse ethnic, cultural, and racial differences of all students.
The School Counselor:
Is an advocate for ALL students.
Is a resources for ALL students, parents, teachers, and staff members of this school and community.
Will abide by ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors to make informed decisions based upon moral principals. 


confidentiality rules
Conversations between the student and counselor are considered confidential. However, there are exceptions to this confidentiality. If a counselor has reason to believe that a student is being abused, neglected or is a danger to himself/herself or others, the counselor has the legal, ethical and professional responsibility to report such concerns to the parents or the appropriate authorities.

Mission and Vision Statement

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.
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.


Second Step is a social-emotional learning curriculum delivered to all students through classroom guidance lessons conducted by the school counselor. Second Step is designed to build a foundation of social-emotional skills such as empathy, emotion management, decision making and problem solving to increase student's success in schools and prepare them to become responsible citizens.