Meet Springbrook's Counseling Team
Kristin Murphy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 10 years of experience working with children and families. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Human Behavior and Master’s of Social Work degree with a specialization in Community Mental Health at California State University, Long Beach. She has also completed an Empowered Yoga Teacher Training, focused on social justice and teaching through a trauma informed lens. Kristin has experience working in inpatient psychiatric care for adolescents and adults, as well as community based mental health care. Some other areas of experience include: positive youth development, foster and adoption, non-public education centers, substance abuse treatment, parent/child education and crisis intervention.
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 Monday-Thursday.
school-based counseling program
The District provides school-based mental health/ wellness services and resources https://iusd.org/department/mental-health-wellness 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
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.
Please find articles related to your child's wellbeing and social and emotional development listed here. Should you need further support or information, please contact Kristin Murphy at (949) 936-6092 or email her at email@example.com
Covid-19 parent resources
We acknowledge the increased need for Social/Emotional Learning (SEL) as we plan for a return to school and have built a “toolkit” for parents. Please see the full toolkit resource here: Parent Toolkit The 3 R's Return to School, or view some key resources below.
- Help your child cope with changes resulting from COVID-19
- Address any symptoms of separation anxiety
- Notice symptoms of stress/anxiety/behavioral changes
Should you need further support or information, please contact Kristin Murphy at (949) 936-6092 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Children’s Support and Parenting Program (CSPP) Services:
Psychoeducation groups for parents and caregivers with school-aged children.
(714) 480-4678 | www.ochealthinfo.com
The Prevention Center Services:
Parenting programs including parenting workshops, helping kids cope through divorce, and parenting resources.
(714) 543-4333 | www.BrightFutures4Kids.org
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 | www.didihirsch.org/orange-county
OCHCA Behavioral Health Services
Behavioral Health Services provides programs available to Orange County residents seeking mental health and substance use treatment.
(714) 834-2077 | www.ochealthinfo.com/bhs/services
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
Mental Health/Wellness Services and Resources:
The District provides school-based mental health/ wellness services and resources www.iusd.org/WeCare or https://iusd.org/department/mental-health-wellness 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 | https://iusd.org/about/departments/education-services/student-support-services/mental-health-and-wellness/irvine
Prevention and Intervention Brochure
A brochure which provides a brief overview on Prevention and Intervention staff and contact information.