Student Services

Located in the Counseling Building: K-25 (Facing the Cafeteria)
Traci Barker-Ball, Student Services Coordinator, (858) 748-0245 ext. 5393 or email: tbarkerball@powayusd.com
Ms. Sharon Struck (Specialist) (858) 748-0245 ext. 5394 sstruck@powayusd.com

Student Support Services 

Resources for Parents


Donations sought: The Student Services Office is funded mostly through donations. Every year the office is in jeopardy of not staying open full time if donations aren't received. If you would like to donate, contact Ron Garrett at Rgarrett@powayusd.com.

Active Parenting Classes are being offered through the District office and the Caring Connections Center.  Parent University, a grant funded parent education and support project, is offering a dynamic workshop for parents of students grades 6th-10th.  This research-based parenting program offers a proven approach to parenting teens and includes videos, discussions and practical solutions.  You will learn how to talk to your teen about sex, violence and drugs; how to solve problems together; how to build your teen's sense of responsibility; how to gain respectful behavior.Effective ways to discipline adolescents will be discussed and ways to make parenting less stressful.  Click here for more information about Parent Education classes.  Each series consists of four 2-hour sessions in the Sabre Springs Business Center. For more information please call 858-668-4084 or contact the Student Services Office.

Mental Health

PUSD District Student Support Services Page includes community resources, Caring Connections classes, and services the District offers
The Caring Connections Center is an integral part of the Student Assistance Program in the Poway Unified School District.  These services are available to all students, at all grade levels, from special education to gifted and talented. Families participate in a "Family Conference" during which school perceptions, goals, family concerns, stressors, medical issues, and family background are discussed. The goal is to build on family strengths, encourage self-advocacy, and awareness of community services that will support student well being.  For a referral, call Student Services, 748-0245 ext, 5393.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health A public education Web site, developed to support the efforts of parents and other caring adults to promote mental health and prevent the use of alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs among 7- to 18-year-olds.
San Diego County Mental Health Resources Local information for families about mental health, especially Shizophrenia, Bipolar, Major Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Anxiety Disorders.  Includes links and has Crisis and Suicide Prevention Hotlines.  Dialing 211 is also a good place to find resources.
Self Injury Websites: Commonly known as 'cutting', 'self-injury,' or 'self-harm," these sites provide insight into this disorder.  Recover Your Life 
Depression:  International Found. for Research and Education on Depression
Eating Disorders Websites: Something FishyNational Eating Disorders
Grief: American Hospice (teen grief as well)Teens Health; Open to Hope  San Diego Hospice and Palliative Care offers support groups for adults and teens experiencing a variety of different losses.  These websites all offer understanding and support after the loss of a loved one.

Drugs/Drinking

District Drug and Alcohol Prevention District page
Drug Tests: to obtain an expensive, on-the-spot drug test, go to Aurora Behavioral Health Care: 11878 Avenue of Industry, San Diego 92128 858-487-3200
Local SupportWeekly family support meetings are offered through Pacific Treatment Services on Wednesday nights in Poway: Temple Adat Shalom from 6:30-8:00 p.m. and at Mt. Carmel on Thursday evenings in room Z5 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.  For more information, contact Will Wooten 858-610-0438
There are many sources of good information and websites available such as Drugfree.org; Oxywatchdog.com; Substance Abuse and Mental Health; and others.  For more information ,visit the PUSD website.
http://www.Drugwatch.com  - educate the public about prescription and over-the-counter medications, drug recalls and the side effects associated with thousands of different drugs.
SAFIR: Supporting Adolescents and Families in Recovery--a free weekly support group held on the Abraxas High School campus, approved by courts and probation and recovery programs in San Diego County. Contact Vista Hill for more information: 619-698-1665.
When a Child Dies from Drugs:  A very supportive book about the bereavement process for families having to cope with such a tragedy.
http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov/drugfact/index.html  Federally sponsored facts and information.
Alcoholics Anonymous: www.nosdco-aa.org     Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.
Narcotics Anonymous : www.sandiegona.org    Narcotics Anonymous can help you find the freedom to live your life without the use of drugs. Narcotics Anonymous is a fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem.
Al-Anon & Alateen: www.alanonsandiego.org    To help families and friends of alcoholics recover from the effects of living with the problem drinking of  a relative or friend. Similarly, Alateen is the recovery program for young people.
The Cool Spot: www.thecoolspot.gov    The Cool Spot, the teens' place for info on alcohol and resisting peer pressure.
Smoking Stinks: www.smokingstinks-aaco.org  FAST FACTS - SECONDHAND SMOKE - CHAMBER OF HORRORS - BODY BY TOBACCO

Parenting Help

Get Out of My Life, but First Could You Drive Me & Cheryl to the Mall: A Parent's Guide to the New Teenager, Revised and Updated  An easy to read book that provides a lot of helpful insight to teens.
Active Parenting Classes are being offered through the District office and the Caring Connections Center.  Parent University, a grant funded parent education and support project, is offering a dynamic workshop for parents of students grades 6th-10th.  This research-based parenting program offers a proven approach to parenting teens and includes videos, discussions and practical solutions.  You will learn how to talk to your teen about sex, violence and drugs; how to solve problems together; how to build your teen's sense of responsibility; how to gain respectful behavior. Effective ways to discipline adolescents will be discussed and ways to make parenting less stressful.  Click here for more information.  Each series consists of four 2-hour sessions in the Sabre Springs Business Center. For more information please call 858-668-4084 or contact the Student Services Office.
National Institute of Mental Health an excellent resource for information about mental health and ways to cope during tragedies
Planned Parenthood Parenting Programs How to talk to your kids about sex, from Planned Parenthood.

Miscellaneous

Video Gaming:  Entertainment Software Rating Board Rating system for games
Divorce:  Divorce Source Helpful information for parents going through a divorce.  Although often aimed at younger children, the advice holds up for teens as well.
Sexuality:  Family Acceptance One family's story about reaching acceptance when their child came out as gay.  Answers questions and discusses religious aspects along with a page of resources.  http://www.bidstrup.com/parents.htm Especially for parents of pre-college students, with sections on questions about what's happening and on supporting your child.  Parents Friends Families and Allies of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) youth.  In addition to helpful information on their website, they offer local support.
Testing Tips for Parents & Students: Click here for  help yourself or your student do their best on tests--relieve anxiety about tests.
Tutoring: due to the large number of tutoring companies and individuals in the area, it is recommended you do a personal search.  Brochures are available in our Counseling Office.
Cancer: three websites that help people understand cancer better  http://www.mesotheliomagroup.com/understanding-cancer          http://acco.org   http://www.mesotheliomahelpnow.com/
Any other resources that you've found helpful, Please email us a link tbarkerball@powayusd.com!

Parent Suggestions!

Dr. William Maxwell, Ed.D., Harvard University, has devoted his life to helping parents in general, and helping raise the IQ of children, in particular.  More information about The Inventive Quotient, I.Q. can be found at:  Inventive Quotient

Amigos de las Américas is an international, nonprofit organization that was founded in 1965. Amigos offers a summer volunteer opportunity! Amigos trains and provides opportunities for high school and college students to participate in service projects in Latin America. Amigos is dedicated to building partnerships to empower young leaders, advance community development, and strengthen multicultural understanding throughout the Americas.  AMIGOS believes in the power and capability of young people to change our world!  For more info, visit www.amigoslink.org and check out the local San Diego chapter.

Teton Science School offers summer programs for high school students. It's not CAMP, it's SCHOOL--but it's like camp!  Credit can be applied to their PHS transcript.  Scholarships are available.  Check it out at: http://www.tetonscience.org/ 
 
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