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Mike Leimbach
Counselor: Youth Services

support groups and crisis Hotlines

Basic information and referral to local resources are available. Telephone hotlines numbers for both local and national programs are provided.

Disclaimer: The resources listed here are for informational purposes only. Although we do initially research the resources we mention, Scotts Valley High School does not endorse all their services or their opinions. We encourage you to make sure that any resource you choose to use provides services and counsel that are compatible with your own convictions and needs.



Social and Emotional

A variety of student support services are available including individual counseling, conflict resolution, alcohol/drug/tobacco prevention/intervention, family intervention meetings, loss and grief support, stress reduction training, test anxiety intervention, study skills/strategies, and AD(H)D strategies/counseling. Parents and students simply communicate with the school counselor to indicate what typed of help is needed.


Santa Cruz County Office of Education
Student Support Services Resource Directory

The purpose of this resource directory is to connect students and families to available community resources to meet the needs of all children from birth to college so that students can take full advantage of learning opportunities.

This resource guide is for community, nonprofit, government, and social service agencies that provide low­-cost, free, or sliding scale supportive services to children from birth to college. Entities must serve children, birth to college, in Santa Cruz County and enhance learning opportunities for student success.

CALL 211

211 in Santa Cruz County can help you find food, housing, health care, senior services, child care, legal aid and much more. Call today. Free. Confidential. Multilingual. Available 24/7.
substance abuse Help

In an effort to serve and support our students and families, a new Drug & Alcohol Program is being established at Scotts Valley High School. The course will be suggested for students caught using or in possession of drugs or alcohol on campus or at school functions. Additionally, the Program is open to students whose parents want their student to learn about addiction and its relationship to drugs and alcohol.

The Program format consists of eight one-hour after-school group education series in addition to an individualized substance abuse assessment and individual educational goal planning for each student. Groups meet once a week. Learning objectives are as follows: (1) understanding the fundamental concepts of abuse, addiction, and dependence and (2) awareness of the physical, emotional and social risks and consequences of using alcohol and drugs. The curriculum is designed to increase teens’ ability to make more informed choices as well as accurately self-assess their patterns of substance usage and the life problems they cause.

Mike Leimbach, the SVHS Youth Services Counselor will facilitate the Program. He can be reached via email.



Of Interest

Activity & Eating, 2010 Dairy Council of California, revised 2013

Test Anxiety Booklet

♦  Santa Cruz ADHD Support Group

How to Help a Friend

For information on how to help a friend from the National Alliance on Mental Health

The Teen Years

When you consider that the teen years are a period of intense growth, not only physically but also morally and intellectually, it's understandable that it's a time of confusion and upheaval for many families. I hope that we can all work together as a team (teachers, administrators, parents, and students) to make sure your student has a successful high school career. I plan on sharing with you interesting articles and research about the unique development of teenagers and the complex teenage/parent relationship. I hope these are helpful.


Three Magic Words