I’d like more information on how to communicate with my teen. Can you help?
Absolutely! ACS provides several resources for better
communication with your teen.
- If your child attends one of the seven schools
served by the On-Campus
Counseling Program , ACS can provide family counseling
to improve family communication and relationships.
- The ACS Resource page
contains great sites, books and articles on adolescent
issues, including communication.
- ACS provides valuable community
education by professionals on timely topics,
such as “Sex, Drugs and Rock’n’Roll:
How to Talk to Your Teen about the Tough Issues.”
- ACS created 99 Tips for Talking to Teens. Sign up for your free copy today!
What kinds of counseling and services does ACS provide?
Is there a cost associated with your services?
ACS provides individual, family and group counseling
free of charge at seven school campuses. ACS also provides
local schools, companies and other community
agencies, such as school PTAs. ACS’s Adolescent
Substance Abuse Treatment Program provides
free assessments to teens and families referred by PAUSD,
and offers professional assessment and intensive outpatient
treatment on a sliding scale fee-for-service basis. The
ASAT Program also provides preventive education in the
community free of charge.
Who provides the counseling, and what are their credentials?
The counseling offered by ACS is professional psychotherapy,
provided by Licensed
Therapists and/or therapy interns working towards licensure.
All therapists have fulfilled the necessary education required
to practice and receive professional and thorough training
and supervision from licensed mental health professionals.
My child goes to private school. Can we still receive counseling through ACS?
ACS provides counseling on each of the five public secondary
school campuses in Palo Alto Unified School District, as
well as at Menlo-Atherton High School and Redwood High
School in the Sequoia Union High School District. ACS is
exploring opportunities to fill more needs in the future
at other schools though the On-Campus Counseling Program.
At this time, ACS offers the following services for teens and parents affiliated with schools outside of our On-Campus Counseling Program service area:
Who funds ACS?
ACS receives funding from
a variety of sources,
including local cities, school districts, private foundations
and corporations, community groups and generous individuals
from the community.
How are ACS
counselors different from the guidance counselors at
my child's school?
Guidance Counselors provide support and counseling on the
academic and disciplinary issues of students. ACS provides
trained mental health therapists, both licensed and interns
working towards licensure, who offer individual, family
and group therapy on a range of issues, such as depression,
substance abuse, family conflict, peer relationships, and