Counseling Home

7 years ago

SSMS Mental Health Staff

Dr. Bob Kirchner ~Brande OHare 

SSSD Counseling Department Vision Statement:
The students of Steamboat Springs School District, through the comprehensive school-counseling program, acquire the skills necessary to meet the challenges and high expectations in an ever changing world. All students have access to rigorous curriculum and high-quality opportunities to create meaningful goals that support personal growth and ensure student success in achieving their full potential. Our department is built on strong relationships and strategic partnerships that encourage shared respect and responsibility among students, parents, faculty, staff, and the community for student success.


SSSD Counseling Department Mission Statement:

The mission of the SSSD Counseling Department is to facilitate all students’ academic, personal/social, and career development through the delivery of a comprehensive school counseling program that is developmentally appropriate and preventative in design. Steamboat Springs Counselors are highly qualified professionals who advocate for the needs of students and families within the community. We ensure that all students have the opportunity to achieve and reach their personal goals in a positive and safe learning environment.

Articles for Parents:  The Role of the School Counselor

  • New Student Enrollment
  • Assessment Coordination and Administration
  • Small Group Counseling
  • Individual Counseling
  • Peer Conflict Mediation
  • Restorative Justice Program
  • Community Therapist Referrals
  • Large Group Counseling (ie. classroom instruction)
  • Coordination: Counselors serve as coordinators between staff, parents,students, and community.
  • Career Counseling/Interest Exploration
  • Day Treatment Services
  • Staff/Parent In services when available
  • Individual Parent Conferences available by appointment

 Small Group Counseling

  • Anger Group: Serves students who have had problems controlling and properly expressing anger; discussion and role-playing.
  • Grief and Loss: Serves students who have lost a family member recently; helps them through the different stages of the grief process.
  • Girls Group: Serves young women and addresses issues girls face during adolescence.
  • Boys Group: Serves young men and addresses issues boys face during adolescence.
(These groups are examples of groups that may be offered during the school year in a any given year but are no guarantee of the groups that will be available)


Ms. Brande O'Hare

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC); Licensed Professional School Counselor Colorado



Email: Hours: M-F 8:00am-3:45pm 

Dr. Bob Kirchner
Licensed School Psychologist
Hours: T/R 8:00 - 3:45

Phone: 871-3521

Qualifications of a School Counselor in the State of Colorado
A school counselor in the state of Colorado is required to have at least a Master's degree in School Counseling and is licensed by the Colorado Department of Education through examination.

We recognize and abide by the American School Counseling Association's (ASCA) Ethical Standards for School Counselors and the American Counseling Association's (ACA) Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.

American School Counseling Association (ASCA)

American Counseling Association (ACA)

Counseling Resources

7 years ago

Resources for Parents and Guardians

National PTA
National Parent Teacher Association provides parents and families with a powerful voice to speak on behalf of every child and the best tools to help their children be safe, healthy and successful in school and in life.

Parents Helping Parents
This nonprofit, community-based, parent-directed family resource center provides lifetime guidance, supports and services to children with any special need, their families and the professionals who serve them.

Mothers in Charge
The mission of Mothers in Charge is violence prevention, education and intervention for youth, young adults, families and community organizations.

Bullying and Victimization: What Parents Can Do To Help
The goal of this program is to help people working with children and youth, to identify the most common forms of bullying and victimization, and to effectively work with children who are experiencing these conflicts and abuses.

Mean Girls Aren't Cool
Informational site on female bullying, relational aggression, and cyberbullying.

PBS: Bullies
Information for kids on what is bullying, who bullies, who is a target, and how to handle bullying.

Rosalind Wiseman's Website
Includes information on Rosalind's books regarding relational aggression, and also her "owning up" curriculum.

The ABC's of School Bullying
Tips for parents and teachers about bullying.

The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network
An organization that is provides resources and information to ensure safe and effective schools for all students.

The Ophelia Project
The Ophelia Project is dedicated to creating a culture that is emotionally, physically, and socially safe, where girls are respected and nurtured. Through awareness, education, and advocacy, The Ophelia Project promotes positive change in families, schools, and communities.

OnGuard Online provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information.

Counseling Corner: Children and Divorce
This website focuses on danger signs in children and helping children cope with divorce.

Bulimia Nervosa Resource Guide for Family and Friends
This Web site provides a one-stop comprehensive resource on bulimia nervosa for anyone who wants to understand the disorder and how to support a family member or friend with bulimia nervosa. This information was developed in response to questions and concerns voiced by patients and families affected by bulimia nervosa and clinicians treating bulimia nervosa.

National Eating Disorders Association
The National Eating Disorders Association is the largest nonprofit organization in the United States dedicated to the elimination of eating disorders and body dissatisfaction. The association has prevention programs for a wide range of audiences, educational materials and a toll-free eating disorders information and referral line.

Love and Logic
Love and Logic products provide parents and teachers with easy-to-use, practical techniques that help adults achieve respectful and healthy relationships with children. They teach the Love and Logic approach to raising children that puts teachers and parents in control, teaches children to be responsible and prepares them for the real world.

Parents. The Anti-Drug
This site provides information for parents and educators about drugs, drug-prevention resources, and includes activities for the classroom.

Think Before You Post: Online Sexual Exploitation
Sponsored by the US Department of Justice and National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, the Online Sexual Exploitation PSA campaign is to make teen girls aware of the potential dangers of sharing and posting personal information online and of communicating with unfamiliar people to help reduce their risk of sexual victimization and abduction. provides tips on how to prevent, detect, and report suspicious online behavior.

Your Child's Career
We have filled this site with facts, insights, stories, quizzes, and activities you can do with your kids, as well as links to many other helpful sites.

1) The Transition to Middle School: Tips for Parents

2) Connecting With Your Child's School Counselor for a Successful School Year

3) This is Not Your Grandparent's School Counselor

4) What Parents Need to Know About Confidentiality

5) Student to Counselor Ratio By State

6) Prevent and Address Cyberbullying Behaviors

7) Hope for Special-Needs Students and Their Parents

8) Appropriate Use of the Internet

9) The Buzz on Bullying

10) School-Parent Collaboration: A Labor of Love

11) Understanding the School Counselor/Parent Connection