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Christina Souza social emotional counselor

Phone: 831-728-7832 ext. 5106

Email: christina_souza@pvusd.net

Social Emotional Counselor

The social emotional counselor provides support to students that are chronically absent and/or have social-emotional challenges through one-on-one counseling by appointment.

Staff, students, parents, and/or the student themselves can complete a wellness referral form if they are concerned about a student's attendance in school and/or social-emotional well-being.

The Aptos High School Wellness Team reviews all wellness referrals to discuss the best school and/or community supports for a student's social-emotional well-being.

Wellness referrals SHOULD NOT be filled out if a student is in need of immediate support.  If a student is in need of immediate support.

  • During school hours: contact the Main Office and/or Aptos High Administration
  • Outside of school hours: contact 911 if the student is at risk of harming themselves or others.  Students may also be taken to the closest emergency room for further evaluation.

The social emotional counselor can also help support students with accessing the following resources:

  • Healthy Start-PVUSD
    • Help to link families to after school programs, medical/dental services, immunization and physical exam appointments, and counseling services.
    • Assistance with County/State Human Resources forms
    • Enrollment assistance in Cal Fresh
    • Assistance with housing applications
    • Students in Transition Program- A program that helps children, youth, Foster and families in transition that are experiencing homelessness
  • Pajaro Valley Prevention Student Assistance (PVPSA)
    • PVPSA provides services to students, families, and staff of the Pajaro Valley Unified School District (PVUSD) and the local communities.
    • Available to both medi-cal and non medi-cal students
  • Encompass Community Services
    • Youth Services offers a broad spectrum of services that help heal and nurture the mental and social well-being of children, youth and families. In collaboration with other non-profits, courts, schools, funders and families, we support the vitality of our community and its future.
    • Avaiable to students with medi-cal. Encompass also offers a sliding scale rate.
  • Santa Cruz County Children Mental Health
    • Serves eligible youth who are at risk for out of home placement with serious emotional disturbances. The goals of service are to help families achieve positive outcomes, reduce out of home placements, maintain family and foster care stability, and decrease the return to Juvenile Hall, psychiatric hospitalization, and out of home placement.
  • Police Activities League
    • The Police Activities League is a youth crime prevention program that relies on educational, athletic, and other recreational activities to cement a bond among police officers, recreation leaders, youth and their parents
    • Students must have a 2.0 GPA and good standing with their attendance
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District & Community Resources

Child Protective Services

  • To Call and report Suspected Child Abuse
  • Suspected Child Abuse Form
  • (831) 454-2273 or toll free at 1-877-505-3299 available 24-hours a day.

Santa Cruz County Behavioral Health

  • 831-454-4170
  • 1400 Emeline Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Student Services- Pajaro Valley Unified School District: 

  • 831-786-2390
  • 294 Green Valley Road, Third Floor,Watsonville, CA  95076

Students in Transition Program (PVUSD program):

  • 831-786-6247