LCPS Student Assistance Services

LCPS Student Assistance Services

LCPS Student Assistance Services

Student Assistance Services include school-based substance use, mental health, violence prevention and intervention services as well as attendance services. Student Assistance Specialists have expertise in the fields of substance use and mental health. They administer the Substance Use Prevention Program throughout the school district which includes K-12 prevention, intervention, consultation, and referral services. Student Assistance Specialists provide services and interventions designed to enhance the social, emotional and academic success of students by helping to address the needs of the whole child. The foundation of these interventions is a strength based service delivery model focusing on developmental assets, risk/protective factors, prevention education and resiliency skill building- •Substance Use Assessments and Referrals: Meet with students who are referred and provide recommendations for school and community services •Substance Use Prevention/Intervention Groups: facilitate psycho-educational groups for students concerned about their own use, the use of others close to them or those students who are working a recovery program •Insight Class: facilitate a three day substance abuse prevention and early intervention class for students who violate the Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) alcohol or drug policy. This class is designed to aid students in assessing the impact of alcohol and drugs on their lives and identify ways to change. Staff coordinate a tour of the Juvenile Detention Center and administer a Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI) as part of the assessment. The Insight Class is also open to students on a voluntary basis •Smoking Reduction Program: available for consultation and training for in-school restriction (ISR) staff to provide information to students who violate the LCPS policy. •Student Referral for Assessment Program: assist with connecting at-risk students and their families with Loudoun County Mental Health for assessment and recommendations for further therapeutic intervention services •Classroom presentations: present substance use, bullying prevention, and depression awareness modules in secondary level health classes •Staff presentations: present current trends, signs and symptoms and prevention strategies regarding substance use, violence prevention, and available school based resources • Parent Presentations: present current trends, signs and symptoms and prevention strategies regarding substance abuse, violence prevention, and community resources •Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports: Coordinate, support, and coach the implementation of the Positive Behavioral Intervention & Supports (PBIS) framework in all schools to create a positive school climate and to improve behavioral/discipline practices that enhance student learning •Gang Response Intervention Team (GRIT): Staff serve on GRIT; a multi-agency, multi-discipline team charged with coordinating the suppression, intervention, prevention, and overall reduction of street gang activity within Loudoun County •Restorative Practices: LCPS provides Restorative Practices as an option for discipline and as a way to address wrong-doings when students or the school community have been harmed. Restorative Practices provides opportunities for dialogue between students who have harmed and those that have been harmed. The process encourages collaboration and reintegration through Restorative Conferences and Circles. In addition in-service trainings are provided to orient LCPS staff to Restorative Practices •Crisis Team: Provide crisis intervention to affected students and staff following critical incidents Attendance Services provides direct support to schools to maintain a high standard of attendance within Loudoun County. Attendance Officers are assigned to each school and work with students, parents/guardians, and school officials to encourage good school attendance and promote academic success.

Every year, our PEER Programs raise awareness for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month during the month of February. LAWS Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter (LAWS)/Loudoun Citizens for Social Justice provided 7,000 orange ribbons for our student-led initiatives. Here are some spotlights from our awesome high schools..... Thank you, students and staff for raising awareness!! One Love Foundation loveisrespect

LCPS PEER Spotlight - Dating Violence and Healthy Relationships Awareness

Please take a minute to watch this video created by Heritage PEER for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month - One Love Foundation loveisrespect Heritage High School Parents - Leesburg, VA #tdvam #lcps19 #loveisrespect #loveisnotabuse

PARENTS & TEENS! Please join us next week, March 13th from 630-830 pm at Stone Bridge HS to learn about the dangers of teen trafficking in Northern Virginia. Please share the word about this important event.
Stone Bridge High School Loudoun County Public Schools
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E-Cigarettes and Vaping

PARENTS: Please take the time to watch this educational video about electronic cigarettes and vaping from UCLA Health and David Geffen School of Medicine.

For more information about LCPS services and resources please visit our Student Assistance Services page.

Our Teen Trafficking Workshop has been rescheduled for March 13th at Stone Bridge HS. Parents and teens, please join us for this important conversation and learn from local experts about Loudoun County’s strategies and resources.

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Another informative event for parents about teen dating and signs of unhealthy relationships is scheduled for February 7th from 630-830 pm. Join us for this important conversation with Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter (LAWS)/Loudoun Citizens for Social Justice#awareness #prevention #loveisrespect #lcpsmh


PARENTS: Please come out to Briar Woods HS on Monday, January 28th from 6:30-9:30pm to learn about this important topics affecting our youth, Vaping/JUULing and Internet Safety. Loudoun County Sheriff's Office LCPS Student Assistance Services. Parents will also hear from LCPS Student Assistance Specialists about school-based supports that are available.

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Inclusive Schools Week: Kaleidoscope of Friends

Way to go Freedom HS! So impressed with your unified sports teams 😊 🏀 What a wonderful way to shine a light on inclusive schools week.

Inclusive Schools Week is an annual event held during the first week of December. This video highlights 3 LCPS schools' effort in celebrating inclusion and…

PEER Video 2018

Great job Briar Woods PEER. Thank for your hard work and dedication to create this video! ❤️
#herecomesthesun #spreadtheshine This video is about PEER Video 2018

Nearly 1 in 5 teens seriously considers suicide. Can schools offer relief?

Thank you PBS for spotlighting Mental Health and Sources of Strength at Freedom HS. “Making the Grade” #lcpsmh #suicideprevention #connection #hopehelpstrength The Ryan Bartel Foundation Sources of Strength Freedom High School (Loudoun County, Virginia) The statistics are sobering: according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is now the second-leading cause of death for ages 10 to 18, and the number of teens reporting feeling sad, hopeless or suicidal has risen. But experts say suicide is preventable. Special correspondent L...

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What a successful PEER Conference 2018! Over 200 students from 15 high schools gathered together to watch Angst, a documentary about anxiety and collaborate with each other. Looking forward to seeing what initiatives they develop to spread awareness and engage others in the community! So proud of these LCPS students #lcpsmh #angstmovie #mentalhealth

Croll: Anxiety Makes Teen So Sick He Can't Eat

Good article in Loudoun Now which helps increase awareness about anxiety and sheds light on how it may present in children. This is an interview with the mother of a child who has anxiety-induced medical anorexia. It is one in a series that profiles children who have conditions, diagnoses or temperaments that require specialized support from parents, teachers, coaches, therapists, friends, family members and other influe

Blaise Carland, LCPS Student Assistance Specialist served as an expert panel member at last night’s LCSO’s Opioid/Substance Abuse Forum: Tackling Opioids. #prevention #awareness #enforcement Loudoun County Sheriff's Office

Featured Speaker- Dr. John Walker will discuss "Helping Your Teen in Crisis" We hope you will join us this Saturday at Briar Woods High School for our Mental Health and Wellness Conference. Register at

Mental Health and Wellness Featured Speaker****

Neil McNerney, M.Ed, LPC Neil McNerney - Counselor & Author
Mr. McNerney holds a Masters degree in education and a post-masters certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy. He is both a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Parent Coach who works as a counselor, parent consultant, speaker and trainer. Mr. McNerney supports children with a number of issues including but not limited to anxiety, misbehavior, and ADHD. He also provides counseling to families, teens, couples, and individuals. He is an engaging speaker and author of two books, “Homework – A Parent’s Guide To Helping Out Without Freaking Out!” and “The Don’t Freak Out Guide for Parenting Kids with Asperger’s.”

Mental Health & Wellness Conference Featured Speaker:

Christine Borgelt works at the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, located in Lansdowne, VA and dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. As senior specialist for scholar experience, she champions program-wide goals, priorities, and initiatives through collaborative curriculum development. Her emphasis is to support scholars, families, and staff through meaningful learning experiences throughout the scholarship process.
Licensed in both school and clinical psychology, Dr. Borgelt’s career passion is supporting children and young adults with asynchronous development, including giftedness, learning disabilities, and multi-exceptionalities.

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This year’s LCPS Mental Health & Wellness Conference includes an early childhood track! Join us if you are a parent or a teacher of a young child. #lcpsmh www.navigatethepath

Loudoun Valley’s Peer Program and these amazing school social workers also participated in the Out of the Darkness Walk. Thank you ❤️ #lcpspeer #lcpsmh #lvhpeer

Thank you for all you do John Champe PEER and Sources of Strength students and staff! Here they are partnering at the AFSP Out of the Darkness Walk in Loudoun sharing the messages: Moments Pass, You Matter, Please Stay. #lcpsmh #champestrong #sourcesofstrength

We are hosting a film screening of ‘Angst’ on September 27th for parents and teens.

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at LCPS Admin Building


The filmmakers' goal is to have a global conversation and raise awareness around anxiety. Angst features candid interviews with kids and young adults who suffer, or have suffered, from anxiety and what they've learned about it. The film includes discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, as well as help, resources and tools.

Following the film, you will hear from our panel of school and community mental health professionals.

We hope to see you there for this informative event.

We are ready for another school year and are excited to have our Parent Seminar Series lines up. Parents, please put these on your calendars and share with your communities #lcpsmh #parenteducation #prevention #awareness #community The Official Loudoun County Public Schools LCPS Parent Resource Services Loudoun County Public Schools School Counseling Loudoun County Sheriff's OfficeLoudoun Abused Women's Shelter (LAWS)/Loudoun Citizens for Social JusticeInsight Into Action Therapy

Local Mental Health Professionals! - We have extended the deadline to submit proposals to JULY 16th for our October 13, 2018 Mental Health and Wellness Conference at Briar Woods High School. Please consider sharing your skills and knowledge with our community.

Mark your calendars for this important discussion about teen dating and setting boundaries on June 25th 6:00pm to 7:30pm at Rust Library. #loco4love #lcps #preventteendatingviolence Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter (LAWS)/Loudoun Citizens for Social Justice

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SAVE THE DATE for our 2nd Annual Mental Health and Wellness Conference on October 13th, 2018 at Briar Woods High School. #lcpsmh #community #partnership #awareness

Join us for this important seminar - "A Parent's Guide to Evidence-based Treatment"- How do you choose a mental health provider? What does therapy consist of? How do you know if the treatment is effective and when should you transfer to a new provider? Potomac Behavioral Solutions LCPS Parent Resource Services


Thank you to our LCPS students who participated as judges for the Loudoun County MHSADS Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention PSA Contest. We cannot wait to announce our winners and see these videos shown in our local theaters during May, #mentalhealthawarenessmonth

Another successful Substance Use Awareness Parent Seminar Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Loudoun County Government Sam Lucania Katrina King/A Recovered Purpose Thanks to Loudoun County Public Library for hosting and promoting our event!

Student Assistance Services / Tobacco and E-cigarettes Resources

Parents: We have updated educational information regarding e-cigarettes and vaping on our Student Assistance Page. Please take time to educate yourself. Loudoun County Public Schools School Counseling Loudoun LCPS Parent Resource Services

Briar Woods PEER kids spreading positivity this week..cookies one day, water bottles with a positive message another, candy grams delivered to students and positive messages to greet students in the morning. What a great group of students led by some pretty cool staff #bwhsPEER #spreadpositivity #lcpspeer #youmatter #makeadifference🤗

Tuscarora PEER spreading love and asking students to take the pledge to prevent teen dating violence 💕 #loveiskind #loveisrespect #thatslove Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter (LAWS)/Loudoun Citizens for Social Justice Tuscarora High School (Virginia)

Briar Woods High School Sources of Strength students organized "You Are Loved" campaign to make all students feel appreciated today. #bekind #youareloved #briarwoods Sources of Strength

PARENTS- Please join us for this important seminar focused on substance use in Loudoun County. Following a film screening of the documentary Chasing the Dragon, you will hear perspectives from expert community members.

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Briar Woods Peer - Who’s Your Buddy? Students were asked to name their trusted adult. #sourcesofstrength #lcpsmh #lcps18 #bekind

The students from Woodgrove High School were asked to write down things they were thankful for on leaves during their advisory period. Students from the We’re All Human Club created this 3-D tree with the leaves in an effort to spread the message of thankfulness. The tree is located in the foyer of the school.

Heritage Pride PEER "Positivi-Tree"🎄 - Take what you need!

LCPS PEER Students - Annual Conference. Sources of Strength Tom Mitchell Stillbrave Childhood Cancer Foundation "Strength for the Strong"

5th Annual PEER Conference. Over 220 students from 14 high schools in attendance on their day off!! #sourcesofstrength #loudounstrong #lcpspeer

LCPS Sources of Strength Adult Advisor Training Farmwell Station Broad Run Briar Woods Freedom Loudoun Valley Potomac Falls #lcpsmh #sourcesofstrength

Upcoming Parent Seminar Series on Anxiety and School Refusal
November 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
LCPS Admin Building

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National Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, October 28 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Here are the locations in our area.

What a great morning full of learning for our community! A huge thank you to our community partners, presenters, Riverside student volunteers, and LCPS staff for helping us host our first Annual Mental Health and Wellness Symposium #lcpsmh #lcps18

Loudoun County Sheriff's Office

LCSO joined the Drug Enforcement Adminstration and LCPS Student Assistance Services yesterday for a discussion on the fight to prevent youth drug abuse in #Loudoun County.

The presentation provided parents information on youth drug abuse prevention and the resources available to begin lifesaving conversations, detect warning signs and take action.

The attendees were also given Student Toolkits, which included family discussion starters, a detailed guide of warning signs and what they mean, and prevention and intervention tools that allows parents to proactively take action through research-based strategies.

Thank you to LEAP - Loudoun Education Alliance of Parents for hosting this event!

Department of Pupil Services Staff are preparing for our 1st Annual Mental Health and Wellness Symposium on October 15, 2017 Riverside High School, Leesburg Va #lcpsmh

Freedom High School PEER spreading awareness during Suicide Prevention Week #momentspass #youmatter #pleasestay #lcpsmh #lcps18

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