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Meet our School Counselors

Each division has a full-time school counselor dedicated to promoting the success of all CDS students by addressing their social, emotional, physical, and intellectual well-being. CDS school counselors provide support across all areas through individual and small group counseling, classroom interventions and large group prevention education. They collaborate with classroom teachers to infuse the curriculum with relevant teachable moments. At the middle school and upper school levels, the school counselors lead proactive advisory programs that build a sense of community throughout the school and provide opportunities for students to take ownership of developing and advancing character education initiatives. CDS counselors also provide support for parents through individual consultations and parenting workshops.

Malu Molano Lower School Counselor
Abby Johnson Middle School Counselor
Krista Diamond, Director of Wellness, Upper School Counselor

Mission & Philosophy

COUNSELING MISSION

CDS Counselors aim to foster a culture of connectedness where students develop the essential skills of resilience, empathy, and mindful leadership.

COUNSELING PHILOSOPHY

The Counseling Department at CDS provides a comprehensive school-counseling program. We aim to provide thoughtful, sequential programming that is preventative, proactive, and developmental in nature.  CDS counselors collaborate with other educators to create an environment that promotes school success and a character-centered culture.

Help Students to...

  • Learn to take responsibility for their behavior and learning
  • Develop healthy decision-making skills
  • Resolve social conflict through positive coping skills
  • Identify personal areas of strength and weakness
  • Integrate their ability to think and feel with their ability to take action
  • Explore choices in their everyday lives that will help them to take an active, positive role in the shaping of their own future

Program Components

  • Individual/Group Meetings
  • Preventative Instruction
  • Support IB curriculum and Learner Profile
  • Parent Workshops/Education
  • Parent Consultation
  • Academic Student Planning
  • Collaborate with Grade Level Teams
  • Consultation with faculty
  • Administrative/Admissions Consultation
  • Crisis Intervention/Management
  • Referral Source

Preventative Programs

  • Transition Programs
  • Advisory/Homeroom & Curriculum Based Character Development
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Strategies for Learning
  • Social Skills
  • Mediation/Conflict Resolution
  • Individual/Group Counseling
  • Middle School and Upper School Advisory Boards
  • Stress Management and Mindfulness Training
  • Parent Consultation
  • Character Education

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