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Counselor's Corner

Marie Ketelsleger School Counselor

M.A., P.P.S


  • Mondays: 7:30 am -3:00 pm
  • Tuesdays: 7:30 am -3:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 7:30 am -3:00 pm

To make an appointment or make a referral:

  • Email:
  • Call: (949) 234-5962
  • Walk-in: See Front Office for Referral
  • Click RH Dana Online Referral Form

Dear RH Dana Families,

My name is Marie Ketelsleger and I am the school counselor at RH Dana Elementary School. As a CUSD Counselor, I am committed to ensure all students develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills that will lead to behaviors that support academic achievement and social-emotional well-being. Additionally, it is my goal to identify data-driven systematic interventions for students experiencing barriers to academic success and emotional well-being. Through this commitment, I provide a variety of services to our students in order to support that growth. These services include:

  • Short-term Individual Counseling 
  • Short-term Group Counseling 
  • Second Step Lessons
  • Workshops 
  • Student and Family Consultation
  • Conflict Mediation
  • Referrals & Resources 

If a student is referred to me for counseling, I will send home a standard CUSD Counseling Permission Slip From. I aim to work with the families whose child is receiving counseling support while also respecting a student's confidentiality. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about counseling services. If you would like to refer a student, please click the button on the right hand side of this page under Resources.

CUSD School Counseling 


Capistrano Unified School District makes every effort to provide support services for your children that will assist in their successful academic, social and emotional growth.


School Counselors will advocate, collaborate and facilitate actions that promote a positive school climate, provide opportunity for all students to access their education and achieve personal and academic success to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world.



The School Counseling Program strives to provide opportunities so that every student will acquire the social-emotional, academic, and career skills to reach their fullest educational potential and successfully manage their lives as healthy, responsible, competent and productive citizens who respect themselves and others.



The mission of Capistrano Unified School District School Counselors is to provide a comprehensive counseling program that supports the whole child. School Counselors will focus on the needs, interests and issues related to social-emotional, academic, and college/career development of all students through a multi-tiered system of support. School Counselors will advocate, collaborate and facilitate actions that promote a positive school climate, provide an opportunity for all students to access their education and achieve personal and academic success to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world.

School Counselor Beliefs...

I believe all students have the ability to be successful in school and in life when provided with appropriate support and interventions.

I believe that ALL students can learn and achieve academic greatness when encouraged and nurtured in a respectful environment.

I believe that nurturing ALL students social and emotional well-being will encourage academic development and future success.

I believe the school counselor’s role is to provide a data driven and developmentally appropriate counseling program to meet the needs of ALL students.

The school counseling program will promote the following: an understanding of and respect of self and others; problem-solving and decision-making; emotional-management skills; and skills for learning.

The school counseling program is based upon specified goals, input from staff and parents, and developmental student standards.

The school counselor is an advocate for ALL students and a resource for parents, teachers, and staff members of the school and community.


School Counselors provide prevention services to all students through classroom guidance lessons and special school-wide programs. When additional intervention is requested for students in elementary school, parent consent is required after the School Counselor meets a student for the first time. A consent form is provided to the parent or guardian of the referred student, and signed consent is necessary before additional counseling interventions proceed.


School Counseling is short-term and does not involve therapy or long-term counseling. Rather, the counselor facilitates targeted skill building to help students have a successful school experience.


Sessions between the student and counselor are considered confidential.  Exceptions to confidentiality are made only when a counselor has received information or has reason to believe that a student is being abused, neglected, or is in danger of harming themselves or others. In such circumstances, the counselor has a legal, ethical and professional responsibility to report the concern to the proper authorities.


If you need to refer a student for counseling, you may contact the school counselor or request a referral form from RH Dana Elementary's administration office.


Classroom Guidance Curriculum

Classroom lessons are developed to provide models for, and instruct students for skills in academic, career and personal/social development for all students. 

• Bullying (Second Step Program)

• Skills for Learning (Second Step Program)

• Problem Solving; Conflict Resolution (Second Step and PAL Program)

• Empathy (Second Step Program)

• Emotional Management (Second Step Program)


Individual and Group Counseling

Activities are coordinated to help students plan, monitor and manage their own learning in the areas of academic, career and personal/social development. 


• Small Group Counseling 

• Individual Counseling 

• Parent/Teacher Conferences 

• Assessments, Planning and Consultations 

• Parent Education and Training 

• Student Observations 

• Assistance in Monitoring Attendance 

• Check-in/Check-out Sessions 


Responsive Services 

These services respond and react to the immediate needs of students in terms of a crisis in the school, family or community. 


• 1:1 Counseling (short-term, approx. 6-8 weeks)

• Group Counseling 

• Consultation 

• Referrals for Students and Families 

• Crisis Counseling/Response 


System Support 

The following activities establish, maintain and enhance the program using data to implement components in the overall School Counseling and Guidance Program. 


• Consultation with Staff and/or Parents 

• Consultation with Mental Health Professionals and Community Social Services Agencies 

• Data Gathering and Interpretation 

• Attendance at Professional Conferences 

• Participation in District and School Professional Groups and Committees 



The Second Step program is a social-emotional learning curriculum delivered to all students through classroom guidance lessons conducted by the school counselor. Second Step is designed to build a foundation of social-emotional skills such as empathy, emotion management, decision making and problem solving to increase student's success in schools and prepare them to become responsible citizens. 

To watch videos about the Second Step program and get information about what your student is learning, join with the access key pertaining to your child’s grade level:

Activation Keys

Kindergarten – SSPK  FAMI  LY70

1st Grade - SSP1  FAMI  LY71
2nd Grade- SSP2  FAMI  LY72

3rd Grade – SSP3  FAMI  LY73
4th Grade – SSP4  FAMI  LY74

5th Grade – SSP5  FAMI  LY75