Counseling services at AACA consist of the following:
    • Individual meetings with students.  The sessions are 15-20 minutes and are usually once a week for a defined period.  Students can be referred by the teacher or parent or be self-referred when there are concerns about the student's ability to manage their emotions or social skills.
    • Observations of students in the classroom to identify possible reasons for behavior and development of a behavior intervention plan in consultation with the teachers.
    • Facilitated conflict resolution meetings with students that have a conflict.
    • Group sessions with a small number of students.  An example is a new student group for students that have transferred to AACA.
    • Counseling lessons in the classroom.  Examples include bullying, emotion identification/regulation, empathy, problem-solving, etc.
    • Consultation with outside therapists to ensure that counseling goals for students are aligned and feedback is ensured.
    • Parent education and consultation on social emotional issues.

    Debra Larrea, School Counselor
    773-348-4629 ext. 150 
    Matt Gunsaulus, School Counselor
    773-348-4629 ext. 115


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  • Positive Discipline Parent Workshop | Tuesday, February 19

    Posted by AACA School Counselors on 1/31/2019 2:30:00 PM

    Please join us for this Positive Discipline Parent Workshop series of interactive discussion and activities to build respect, responsibility and resilience in children. This is a four week series beginning on Tuesday, February 19 held Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at St. Clement school. This event is suitable for parents with children between the ages of 3 to 7. 

    To RSVP, please contact Debra Larrea at dlarrea@aaca.school.

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  • How To Nurture Your Child's Relationship With Their Grandparents

    Posted by AACA School Counselors on 1/17/2019 2:30:00 PM

    40% of grandparents live more than 200 miles away from their grandchildren. The Family Institute of Northwestern University makes suggestions on how to foster this very important relationship. Please click here for the article.

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  • Screen Time Rules and Consequences

    Posted by AACA School Counselors on 1/10/2019 2:30:00 PM

    Research states that children are spending more than 7 hours on their electronic devices. Here are suggestions on rules for screen time and consequences if the rules are not followed.

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  • Unhealthy Perfectionism

    Posted by AACA School Counselors on 12/20/2018 2:30:00 PM

    If you or someone in your family suffers from unhealthy perfectionism you will want to check out these resources from Northwestern University's Family Institute.

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  • The Effect of Screen Time on Our Children

    Posted by AACA School Counselors on 12/13/2018 2:30:00 PM

    Check out the recent research that shows that kids than spend more than 2 hours a day on screens have lower scores on thinking and language tests, and have poorer mental health.

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