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The District provides school-based mental health/ wellness services and resources  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


Mimi Marrocco is a product of IUSD and brings with her over 10 years of experience as a School Counselor. Her passion is to build strong relationships with her students to help them thrive and become leaders at school and at home.  She started her career as an Elementary School Counselor in Sonoma County where she implemented a comprehensive school counseling program to support the social and emotional needs of students. The last four years, she oversaw the Crisis Response Program at the Orange County Department of Education supporting 27 school districts when a crisis occurs. She is well-versed in working with families around grief, trauma and loss.  Mimi is thrilled to return to her hometown to work and be a resource to our Roadrunner students and families.  Mimi offers individual/small group counseling, crisis assessment/ intervention, mental health consultation and is an on-campus resource and community liaison. She is on-campus Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.


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.


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