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Mon - Fri: 7:45am - 3:45pm

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The purpose of guidance is to provide students with developmentally appropriate classroom lessons that teach awareness, skill development and application of skills needed in everyday life.

Responsive services are short-term counseling interventions to resolve immediate conflicts/problems, respond to crisis events, and intervene in school specific situations that disrupt learning.

The purpose of small group counseling is to complement and enhance students' learning by improving their perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors. 

 
Theoretical Approach

I began my pursuit of training and education in the field of clinical mental health.  This gave me a vast background in multicultural, person-centered, cognitive-behavioral, and solution-focused counseling approaches.  After entering the schools I quickly narrowed my scope to a solution-focused approach.  This approach includes the common beliefs of helping students understand their goals and motivations, searching for solutions, and highlighting strengths through looking towards solutions rather than dwelling on the presenting issue.  I have found children tremendously relate to Disney movie's and characters, which coincidently connect on the themes of seeking dreams and finding hope.  For example, Cinderella is a character who identifies that by working hard and dreaming of what she truly wants, she can achieve her happily ever after. This positive message affects the entire climate of the school by basing the atmosphere on the strengths of students. Expressing the possibility of change enables students to feel empowered and encouraged to take actions that make a difference. Through highlighting the positive instances in a students’ career or familial relationship, these changes may occur in steps, ripples, or leaps. In the end, schools with a solution-focus equip their students to follow and discover how to realistically achieve their dreams.  

About me

Hello, my name is Calen (Cali) Choyeski. I was born and raised in Central Nebraska and graduated high school in 2009 from Cedar Rapids High School (now known as Riverside).  I was a member of Student Council, FFA, One-Act, Junior-Senior Class Play, softball, basketball and the track and field team. After high school, I graduated from Wayne State College in 2014 with a Bachelors of Science in Human Service Counseling.....

Getting Help

NEED TO TALK?
LET YOUR COUNSELOR KNOW IF YOU NEED TO SEE HER. IN THE MEAN TIME, THERE ARE NUMEROUS RESOURCES AVAILABLE HERE TO HELP YOU GET CONNECTED TO A TEAM OF SUPPORT. I LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING WITH YOU

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Graduation Requirements/Courses

 
Calen has many valuable skills; she is innovative, reliable, responsible, and has a great rapport with children and students.

-T.Metz

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