Monthly Archives: January 2016

Social Psychology – An Introduction

by Anne Peacock   Social Psychology is a discovery course that fosters the development of the teenage mind to arrive at informed decisions about how to understand and take responsibility for their health and behavior. This course covers the following topics for sophomore students: health and wellness, stress, peer pressure, communication skills, eating disorders, interpersonal…

Questions for Alisa Crovetti, Clinical Supervisor of Piedmont Unified’s Wellness Center

Alisa Crovetti, Ph.D. organizes and directs counseling and mental health services for Piedmont Unified’s middle and high school students.  She is a licensed psychologist and certificated school psychologist.  With a doctorate in Educational Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and extensive clinical experience working with children, adolescents and young adults, Dr. Crovetti worked…

PHS’ Extraordinary Consent Assembly Turns 10

by Kim Taylor   PHS has been ahead of the curve for 10 years.  Though Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a bill that requires California high schools to teach the issue of consent, PHS has been presenting its version of consent education in an assembly to the freshmen class since 2005.  Directed by PHS Acting…

Introducing the Elementary Social-Emotional Curriculum: Second Step

“Stop, name your feelings, calm down!” sing the second graders, as they dance to a tune that was designed to teach a valuable lesson while having fun.  This is one of many songs in the Second Step curriculum, as students in grades TK-5, learn about the skills for learning, empathy, emotion management, and problem solving…

Safe School Ambassadors and Peer Mediators Offer Leadership Opportunities for Students and Enhance School Social Climate at PMS

by Kech Carrera   Safe School Ambassadors is now in its 4th year at PMS.  In our annual 2-day training, this year facilitated by Kech Carera and Michael Friesen, 75 6th, 7th and 8th grade students we trained.  At its core, the Safe School Ambassadors program is an “inside-out” approach to improving school climate, one…

Piedmont Unified’s Wellness Center Promotes Social-Emotional Health of Middle and High School Students Through Counseling and Other Services

By Alisa Crovetti, Ph.D. The Piedmont Unified Wellness Center was founded in 2007 in response to findings from a self-study that revealed a need for the district to address social and emotional well-being of our high school students.  At its inception, the Wellness Center served mainly high school students, but within a few years,  services…