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Counselor's Corner

School Counselor


Contact Information

Name: Briana Ganger

On Campus: Mondays, Tuesdays, and every other Wednesday

Phone: 949-348-0451

Email: bmganger@capousd

Referral System

Please select the button below in order to refer a student to me.

Parents and Guardians can also get a paper copy of the referral form from the front office to fill out and return to your student's teacher or the front office.


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Dear Bathgate Families,

My name is Briana Ganger and I am the school counselor at Bathgate Elementary School. As a CUSD Counselor, I am committed to the academic, social/emotional, and career growth of all students. Through this commitment, I provide a variety of services to students, parents and families in order to support that growth. These services include:

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

If a student is referred to me for counseling, I will send home a permission slip for either individual or group counseling. I aim to work with parents 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 left hand side of this page under Referral System.


Conversations between the student and counselor are considered confidential.what you say in here stays in here



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.


ALL Students:

  • Are unique, valuable, and capable of reaching their highest potential.
  • Can learn and achieve social-emotional and academic success when encouraged and nurtured in a positive and safe environment.
  • Should feel safe, supported and encouraged at school.

The School Counseling Program:

  • Uses data-driven evidence in order to evaluate the needs and effectiveness of programs in place, as well as to provide appropriate future programs or interventions.
  • Is child centered, developmentally appropriate, and preventative.
  • Is developed in consideration of the special needs and the diverse ethnic, cultural, and racial differences of all students.

The School Counselor:

  • Is an advocate for all students and for the school counseling program.
  • Utilizes data to manage and evaluate the school counseling program on a regular basis.
  • Works with stakeholders within the district, as well as in the community, to provide a high-quality school counseling program.

Second Step Overview

What is Second Step?

empathy posterIt is a program rooted in social-emotional learning that helps transform schools into supportive, successful learning environments uniquely equipped to encourage children to thrive. More than just a classroom curriculum, Second Step’s holistic approach helps create a more empathetic society by providing education professionals, families, and the larger community with tools to enable them to take an active role in the social-emotional growth and safety of today’s children. It’s a difference you can feel the moment you step through the doors to a Second Step school: a sense of safety and respect grounded in the social-emotional health and well-being of the entire school community.

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Home Links

Home links are simple, fun activities that encourage interaction between students and their adult family members. The activities give students a chance to practice Second Step skills outside of school and help families learn about the skills so they can use them at home. 

Click on your students grade level below to view the home links you can do together. 

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