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SEL Services

teens-schoolSocial Emotional Learning has become increasingly recognized as a key component of education at all levels. When students are able to manage their emotions, when they can develop healthy relationships with their teachers and peers, when they are confident in themselves, they have the greatest likelihood to succeed in the classroom and out. Recognizing the importance of SEL, Illinois mandates that every school in the state incorporate SEL education into their curriculum and programming.

CCCOC is approved to provide Social Emotional Learning services for Multi-Tiered Systems of Support. We are sanctioned to provide services at each Tier, including intensive individual and group therapy in Tiers 2 and 3. Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago provides Social and Emotional services, professional development opportunities for staff, professional training for parents, and targeted interventions for students in Tier 2 and Tier 3.

Services Available

• Needs and climate assessment
• Classroom observation and coaching
• Skill-building groups
• Professional development seminars
• Parent involvement seminars
• Individual counseling

Skill Building Groups

school-groupAcademic counseling addresses the core social and emotional skills the state of Illinois has set as goals for students. Our academic counselors can be a source of support for your teachers and staff, and we want to be just that–so we work with your staff to ensure students are maximizing their time and potential in the classroom and are receiving the additional help they need.

Our counselors use the Lions-Quest curriculum, a comprehensive, evidence-based program that addresses the social-emotional needs of children and adolescents. The curriculum includes lessons for grades K-12 that build trust and community among students and prepare them for academic and social success.

Topics Addressed

  • Improving classroom behavior
  • Controlling Anger
  • Expressing emotions healthfully
  • Building self-esteem
  • Dealing with bullying


Parent Involvement

For a child to succeed in their classroom, parental involvement is absolutely essential. Parents who show interest in what their child is learning, who ask about homework and tests coming up, who meet their child’s teachers at back-to-school night are empowering their child to per- form to the best of his and her abilities. Our counselors are passionate about equipping parents with practical tools for supporting their child.

Seminar Topics

  • Social Media/Internet Safety
  • Effective discipline that empowers your student
  • Creating a positive home environment
  • Setting achievable goals for your student
  • Communicating effectively with your student
  • Bonding with your child through recreation


“I have a much better understanding of all the ways that kids can be a bully or be bullied. This is great information to share with my child.”–Parent Attendee at Teaching Your Child About Bullying, ICCI Academy – January, 2011


Professional Development

Our professional development seminars can prepare teachers and administrators to best relate to their students, parents, and each other. We focus on healthy response to conflicts, effective communication, and general relational skills that, when practiced, cultivate academic growth.

Seminar Topics

  • Dealing with bullying
  • Disciplining students effectively
  • Setting achievable goals as a school
  • Dealing with abused or damaged children
  • Concise and clear communication
  • Cultural competence
  • Stress management
  • Maximizing the potential of your staff


The presenters did a great job. They made the information applicable to the specific situations we deal with at our school.”–Teacher participant from Conflict Resolution for Adolescents, South Shore High School – May, 2012


Model of Services


Keys to Maximizing Effectiveness

  • Collaboration with classroom teachers, principals, and parents to ensure students receive an individualized plan for success
  • All service providers are Masters or Doctoral level clinicians bringing a high level of expertise and experience
  • Implementing evidence based curriculum and processes for tracking students learning comprehension and academic progress

Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago