Vail & Ski Snowboard Academy Counselor

Dear VSSA Families,

I wanted to start by welcoming you to another great year at VSSA.  It has been a pleasure to work with your kids over the last eight years and I am excited to get to know our new students and start the 2019-2020 school year! I am super excited to have Lauren Ruhl join our school community this year.

Lauren is here to help our student-athletes develop the mental toolbox that allows them to feel prepared in whatever situation pops up in life and sport. It is important to understand that Lauren is here to support our student-athletes with their overall mental health yet has the ability to support them on the mental side of sport as well. Parents, teachers, and coaches, if you are interested in having your student-athlete participate in services with Lauren, please fill out the referral form. Both myself and Lauren will assess and respond based on need, issue, and severity. Please click here for the referral form.

As the counselors at VSSA, we will maintain confidentiality for students whenever possible.  Limits to confidentiality include mandated reporting laws. Counselors are required to take appropriate action if students engage in behavior that presents clear and imminent danger to themselves or others.  Counselors are also required to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect. If students work with Lauren Ruhl for more than one or two sessions, a consent form must be signed by both student and parents to ensure there is an understanding of furthered services.

Both individual and group work may be utilized for your student at VSSA.  Parents will be informed if any safety concerns are identified or if additional support is recommended in the home or community.  If you do not want your child to participate in counseling services, by either myself and Lauren, please contact me at the beginning of the school year.  If you believe your child is in need of specific support by the counseling department or you have concerns about your student please utilize our new referral form.  This form will be provided to students, parents and teachers and can be found in the Yeti Times as well the districts website.

We will continue implementing our 4 Core Values of Courage, Commitment, Character and Compassion as we strive for a positive and supportive school culture.  We look forward to serving the needs of your child in the 2019-2020 school year.  Pay attention to announcements in the weekly Yeti Times and mark your calendars for the yearly parent night scheduled for the evening of August  29th and the Aspen College Fair on October 6th. 

Referral form : Click here

All the best,
Charlene Whitney
School Counselor
School Phone: (970) 328-2833

Lauren Ruhl

School-Based Therapist
School Phone: (970) 328-_______
Hope Center 24/7 Crisis Hot Line: – (970) 306-4673

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