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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)
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Steamboat Springs Middle School



(970) 870-0368
In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act and Colorado law, Steamboat Springs School District RE2 does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or need for special education services in admissions, access to, treatment, or employment in educational programs or activities which it operates. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees and others. Title IX Coordinator is: Director of Exceptional Student Services Anne-Marie Tennyson, 325 7th Street, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487, PH: 970-871-3164 or
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