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meet the team

Miranda Craik is a Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker, who obtained her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Azusa Pacific University and received a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from CSULB. She is passionate about children's social-emotional well-being, and supporting families during their child's crucial years of development. She has a history of professional experience providing individual and group counseling, clinical assessments, program management, and psycho-education services in a variety of settings that include, a high school diversion program, psychiatric hospital, elementary after-school programs, and foster care. Her role as the Elementary Resource Counseling Specialist is to provide school based social-emotional and mental health & wellness support. Counseling can help children learn how to identify causes of their distress, develop their skills in expressing emotions, and improve their problem-solving abilities. In addition to providing short-term counseling services for our students, she also offers a continuum of parent supports. Some supports include: parent meetings, coordinating on-site trainings, providing outside counseling referrals, crisis intervention, and community resource linkage. She is on-site Tuesdays, Thursday & Fridays.


Rebecca Chung is excited to support students’ social-emotional learning through her role as the Guidance Assistant. She received her Master’s in Social Welfare from UCLA, specializing in School Social Work, and her Bachelor’s degree in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. After living abroad in China and Korea for nearly 10 years, she returned last year to Orange County with her family. Through all her travels and varying roles in education, she has remained passionate about helping students succeed. As the Guidance Assistant, she will be providing Second Step lessons in the classroom and meeting with students in small groups to reinforce the skills and strategies learned through the program. She will be on-site Mondays and Fridays.  


what is social-emotional learning (sel)?

In a world where emotional intelligence is critical for lifelong happiness, successful careers, and healthier relationships, social-emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults can better understand, manage, and express emotions and empathy, develop positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. SEL curricula teach children techniques that help them gain confidence, set and achieve positive goals, collaborate well, and navigate the world more effectively—adding a highly valuable dimension to education in the classroom. (CASEL, “What is SEL?”)

second step program

The Second Step program teaches SEL skills in the following four areas:


1. Skills for Learning: Students gain skills to help themselves learn, including how to focus their attention, listen carefully, use self-talk to stay on task, and assertiveness when asking for help with schoolwork.

2. Empathy: Students learn to identify and understand their own and others’ feelings, ways to understand another’s perspective, and how to show compassion.

3. Emotion Management: Students learn specific skills for calming down when experiencing strong feelings, such as worry or anger.

4. Problem Solving: Students learn a process for solving problems with others in a positive way.


Our Guidance Assistant (GA) provides classroom lessons from the evidence-based Second Step program, and supports students with additional opportunities to practice these skills in a small group setting. With parent permission, small group services are provided during the school day, for approximately 30 minutes, weekly. Every effort will be made to minimize the loss of important instructional time.


School-Based counseling program

The Elementary Resource Counseling program is designed to provide opportunities for students to participate in individual and small group counseling experiences that provide support and skill building for coping with family stressors, academic struggles, and personal issues. It is not unusual for students to need focused help to strengthen their social-emotional skills in order to be more learning ready during different times in their childhood. Many children struggle from time to time with a range of family and life circumstances (divorce, loss, stress) that make coming to school more difficult, and we are here to offer tools and support. Small group and individual counseling can be an excellent way for students to learn new skills, develop self-confidence, adjust behaviors, and learn to deal with challenges in healthy ways.


Services are provided during the school day for approximately 30 minutes. These services are free of charge and voluntary. Every effort will be made to minimize the loss of important instructional time. School- based counseling is short-term and typically ends after 8-10 weeks. Parent permission required. Please Note: Information shared by your child in counseling sessions will be kept confidential unless there is an indication that your child is in danger of hurting himself/herself or others, that someone may be hurting your child.


parent Resources

Community Resources

Children’s Support and Parenting Program (CSPP) Services:
Psychoeducation groups for parents and caregivers with school-aged children.
(714) 480-4678 |


The Prevention Center Services:
Parenting programs including parenting workshops, helping kids cope through divorce, and parenting resources.
(714) 543-4333 |


Didi Hirsch Mental Health Center:
Santa Ana Services: Crisis line, outreach and survivor support services for family members of a person who committed suicide.
(714) 547-0855 |


OCHCA Behavioral Health Services   

Behavioral Health Services provides programs available to Orange County residents seeking mental health and substance use treatment. 

(714) 834-2077 |


Greater Good Science Center – UC Berkeley

Uses scientific measures to study the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society.


Community Mental Health Resources:
A brochure with resources on Substance Abuse, LGBTQIA Services, Shelters, Hotlines & Online Resources, Culturally Centered Services, Parenting Resources, Community Resources, Intensive Mental Health Services, Suicide Prevention, Housing Resources, and Legal Resources

District resources

Mental Health/Wellness Services and Resources:

The District provides school-based mental health/ wellness services and resources or to students and families. These services include short-term individual or group counseling for students at the school site; short-term, solution-focused therapy for students and families through the Irvine Family Resource Center; and resource linkages to community-based mental health or social services for students and families. Services are provided by counselors or licensed mental health professionals.


Irvine Family Resource Center Services:
Short-term, solution-focused individual and family therapy, resource linkage and referrals, and parent education/support groups to IUSD families K-12.
(949) 936-7504 |


Prevention and Intervention Brochure

A brochure which provides a brief overview on Prevention and Intervention staff and contact information.