Counselor's Corner

  Castle Rock Middle School Counseling Program

Tricia Duus

Suicide Awareness Week: 
January 8-12

I will be teaching the LOOK LISTEN LINK curriculum, consisting of four 45-minute lessons primarily focused on teenage stress and depression. There is a small amount of content on suicide prevention, specifically as it relates to getting help for a friend who might be at risk of suicide. 

The LOOK LISTEN LINK curriculum was developed by professionals with many years of experience in youth suicide prevention. It has been evaluated in schools throughout Washington State and the nation. It has earned "Best Practice" status which is a distinction reserved for programs that have been rigorously reviewed and passed federal standards. 

LOOK LISTEN LINK is not therapeutic; rather, it educates students about stress, anxiety, and depression, and empowers them to get help for themselves or others when needed. 

Please contact me if you would like more information or if you have any concerns. 

About me: 

I have been working with children of all ages for the past twenty years. I have been a school counselor for 7 years. Before entering public education I worked as a case manager in an adolescent residential treatment center, as a CPS case worker and as a program director for youth community recreation programs. 


The goal of the CR Middle School Counseling Program is to promote academic and life success by working cooperatively with students, parents, teachers, staff and the community. 

  • ALL students are capable of success-NO exceptions
  • All students are individuals and experience success and learning in their own unique way
  • All students are worthy of a safe, respectful and healthy learning environment
  • All students have the right to participate in school programs, activities and events. 
  • All students deserve and need to be supported and engaged in academic, social-emotional and college/career guidance and learning
  • All students' cultural, ethnic, racial and special needs should be considered within the context of the school counseling program

Mission Statement: 

To provide a data-driven, comprehensive and developmentally relevant school counseling program for our middle school students. This includes collaboration with families, teachers, staff and the community to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of all students as they pursue success and satisfaction in academics and in life. 

Together we inspire pride and achievement for all through relevant learning and great expectations. 

Vision Statement: 

All students will realize their unique offerings and potentials as they work to achieve their goals and dreams. All students will demonstrate mastery of the critical academic, career and social/emotional skills necessary for success in the 21st century.

Every student graduates prepared to excel in life.Empowered through learning, Rocket Alumni contribute and thrive in their communities.

The Role of the School Counselor: 
                Professional School Counselor

Here are some of the ways in which I support the Castle Rock Middle School Community: 
  • Parent/Student conferences
  • Conflict resolution and mediation
  • Crisis Counseling
  • Academic Counseling
  • Referrals to outside agencies for support
  • Individual Counseling *
  • Group Counseling *
*Individual Counseling: 
    I meet with students one-on-one when the student or an adult requests a meeting. These meetings are confidential (unless safety is a concern) and are to discuss such issues as academics, problem solving, goal setting, personal problems affecting school or other issues that may be impacting learning. These meetings are brief/short-term and solution-focused. 

*Group Counseling: 
    Small groups are formed when a common need surfaces for a small group of students. Some examples include: resolving conflict between a group of students, goal setting, friendship issues, attendance etc. 

Mental Health & Community Resources: