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2017-2018 Counselor Schedule

For the 2017-18 school year, I am at Bathgate Elementary School on Mondays, Tuesdays, and every other Wednesday.

The Wednesdays that I am at Bathgate are as follows: 

  • 08/23/17
  • 09/06/17
  • 09/20/17
  • 10/04/17
  • 10/18/17
  • 11/01/17
  • 11/15/17

   Thanksgiving Break

  • 11/29/17
  • 12/13/17

      Winter Break

  • 01/10/18
  • 01/24/18
  • 02/07/18
  • 02/21/18
  • 03/07/18
  • 03/21/18

      Spring Break

  • 04/18/18
  • 05/02/18
  • 05/16/18
  • 05/30/18


In order to maintain trust and confidence, conversations between students and the counselor are considered confidential. However, it is the counselors ethical and professional responsibility to report to parents and/or the appropriate authorities if there is reason to believe that the student is in clear and imminent danger. This can include, but is not limited to actions such as abuse, neglect, or is a danger to themselves or others. 



CUSD School Counseling Program

Vision Statement

The Capistrano Unified School District 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. 

Mission Statement

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 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.  

Counselor's Corner

Why Elementary School Counselors?

Elementary School Counselors are professional educators with background perspectives in mental health, who are trained to respond to the challenges that many of our students face. A School Counselor is an available resource for students, parents, staff, and other stakeholder's. School Counselors play an integral role in the students educational program. Through the delivery of programs and services, School Counselors help students achieve school success. Following the guidelines set by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Standards, School Counselors develop, design, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive program that address students needs in the following domains: academic, career, and social/emotional. Through the implementation of this program, Elementary School Counselors provide Classroom Counseling, Academic Planning, Individual Counseling, Small Group Counseling, Crisis Support, and System Support.

Within the areas of academic, career, and social/emotional, some of the areas that I assist students and families with are: 

  • Making and keeping friends
  • Problem Solving
  • Social Skills
  • Conflict Mediation
  • Anxiety/Stress
  • Bullying Prevention
  • Grief & Loss
  • Self-esteem
  • Anger Management
  • Behavior Management
  • Goal Setting
  • Emotional Concerns
  • Study Skills & Organization
  • College and Career Exploration
  • Test Anxiety
  • Academics 
  • Family Changes

This information was summarized and adapted from the article, which can be found here:

Classroom Counseling Lessons

In an effort to provide services to as much of the student population as possible, I teach classroom Counseling Lessons every month, in each classroom grades K-5. I want your child to be as successful as possible at school and in life, and not just in reading and math. Success in also about knowing how to learn and how to get along with others. To do this I use the researched-based counseling curriculum called Second Step in your child's classroom to teach these critical skills. 


Topics include:

  • Skills for Learning 

Students gain skills to help themselves learn, including how to focus their attention, listen carefully, be assertive when asking for help with schoolwork, and use self-talk to stay on task and ignore distractions.

  • Empathy

Students learn to identify and understand their own and others’ feelings. Students also learn how to take another’s perspective and how to show compassion.

  • Emotion Management 

Students learn specific skills for calming down when experiencing strong feelings, such as anxiety or anger.

  • Problem Solving

Students learn a process for solving problems with others in a positive way.


Second Step Tools



Information about your School Counselor, Mrs. Ganger


Hello! My name is Briana Ganger, and I am the School Counselor at Bathgate Elementary School :). While this is my second year with Capistrano Unified School District, this is my third year as an Elementary School Counselor. I enjoy helping all students no matter their background or differences. I strive to always look for the strengths in my students, so that I can help them to become successful and achieve all of their goals. When I am not working I enjoy traveling, hiking, cooking, and spending time with my family. 



  • Bachelor's of Arts in Child and Adolescent Development -California State University Northridge
  • Master's of Arts in Counseling with a specialization in School Counseling -University of San Diego
  • PPS Credential -University of San Diego


Professional Memberships:

  • American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • American School Counselor Association (ASCA)
  • California Association of School Counselors (CASC)


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Contact Information:

Phone: 949-348-2437

Office Location: Room 23

Office Hours: 7:30am-3:00pm


Non-Discrimination Statement

The Capistrano Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in all district activities, programs, and employment based upon actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Reference: AR 1312.3, BP 1312.3 and BP 5183.

Rich Montgomery, Executive Director, Human Resource Services/Compliance
33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 234-9200

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