LCPS Student Assistance Services

LCPS Student Assistance Services Student Assistance Services include school-based substance use, mental health, violence prevention and intervention services as well as attendance services.

Student Assistance Specialists have expertise in the fields of substance use and mental health. They administer the Substance Use Prevention Program throughout the school district which includes K-12 prevention, intervention, consultation, and referral services. Student Assistance Specialists provide services and interventions designed to enhance the social, emotional and academic success of students by helping to address the needs of the whole child. The foundation of these interventions is a strength based service delivery model focusing on developmental assets, risk/protective factors, prevention education and resiliency skill building- •Substance Use Assessments and Referrals: Meet with students who are referred and provide recommendations for school and community services •Substance Use Prevention/Intervention Groups: facilitate psycho-educational groups for students concerned about their own use, the use of others close to them or those students who are working a recovery program •Insight Class: facilitate a three day substance abuse prevention and early intervention class for students who violate the Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) alcohol or drug policy. This class is designed to aid students in assessing the impact of alcohol and drugs on their lives and identify ways to change. Staff coordinate a tour of the Juvenile Detention Center and administer a Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI) as part of the assessment. The Insight Class is also open to students on a voluntary basis •Smoking Reduction Program: available for consultation and training for in-school restriction (ISR) staff to provide information to students who violate the LCPS policy. •Student Referral for Assessment Program: assist with connecting at-risk students and their families with Loudoun County Mental Health for assessment and recommendations for further therapeutic intervention services •Classroom presentations: present substance use, bullying prevention, and depression awareness modules in secondary level health classes •Staff presentations: present current trends, signs and symptoms and prevention strategies regarding substance use, violence prevention, and available school based resources • Parent Presentations: present current trends, signs and symptoms and prevention strategies regarding substance abuse, violence prevention, and community resources •Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports: Coordinate, support, and coach the implementation of the Positive Behavioral Intervention & Supports (PBIS) framework in all schools to create a positive school climate and to improve behavioral/discipline practices that enhance student learning •Gang Response Intervention Team (GRIT): Staff serve on GRIT; a multi-agency, multi-discipline team charged with coordinating the suppression, intervention, prevention, and overall reduction of street gang activity within Loudoun County •Restorative Practices: LCPS provides Restorative Practices as an option for discipline and as a way to address wrong-doings when students or the school community have been harmed. Restorative Practices provides opportunities for dialogue between students who have harmed and those that have been harmed. The process encourages collaboration and reintegration through Restorative Conferences and Circles. In addition in-service trainings are provided to orient LCPS staff to Restorative Practices •Crisis Team: Provide crisis intervention to affected students and staff following critical incidents Attendance Services provides direct support to schools to maintain a high standard of attendance within Loudoun County. Attendance Officers are assigned to each school and work with students, parents/guardians, and school officials to encourage good school attendance and promote academic success.

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Parents and Teens: Do not miss out on this learning opportunity tomorrow night at Rust Library!

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The Prevention Alliance of Loudoun will present “Dating Violence and Healthy Relationships” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 20, at Rust Library.
The Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter (LAWS) will present an interactive-simulation experience called “In Their Shoes” (created by Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence). Teens and parents will follow the story of a teen character who is in an abusive relationship. Participants will be asked to make choices for their character and, at times, take on the perspective of the abuser. Following the simulation activity, participants will engage in a discussion about the experience and dating violence.
Participants will then practice using active listening and assertive communication in an effort to empower teens and adults to be resilient, to identify warning signs and to help others. Local and national resources will be provided.
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Rust Library is located at 380 Old Waterford Road, NW, Leesburg, VA 20176.

Thank you Potomac Falls PEER Program for organizing this Teen Dating Violence Awareness campaign and thank you Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter (LAWS)/Loudoun Citizens for Social Justice for your ongoing support of our students as they raise awareness about dating violence and encourage healthy relationships 🧡#tdvam #prevention #education #awareness #loveisrespect

Thanks to Potomac Falls High School PEER class for their TDVAM campaigns! Prevention starts with raising awareness

Parents and Teens- Please join us for this important interactive workshop focused on healthy relationships and preventing dating violence. Our presenter, Jenni Dakes from LAWS will lead the conversation. Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter (LAWS)/Loudoun Citizens for Social JusticeLoudoun County Sheriff's Office LCPS Parents- Parents of Loudoun County Public School Students Loudoun County Government

Seats are limited. Please register at:

PARENTS: LCSO & LCPS Student Assistance Services will hold the final forum in 2019 for parents on Technology Safety & Vaping Awareness Broad Run High School on 12/18 at 7PM. Topics discussed include ways to keep kids safe online & the hazards associated with vaping.

Over 250 staff and students from 15 schools attended our 2019 PEER Conference. We viewed the Indieflix Film “LIKE” about the impact social media has on our daily lives and mental health. Students were engaged in meaningful conversation and will develop initiatives focused on finding balance with social media, increasing positivity online, and enhancing true connection with others. #lcpsmh #lcps20

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Parents: We look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming educational forums to learn important information about electronic cigarettes, school based prevention and intervention, and ways to keep your children safe online. We appreciate Loudoun County Sheriff's Office for their partnership as we educate our community.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has linked vaping to 1,604 cases of a mysterious lung disease over the last six months. At least 34 people have died since the outbreak began.

Last month, in light of these recent headlines regarding a surge in vaping-related illnesses, Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman released an informational video for parents and teenagers to discuss vaping among our youth and the potential health concerns with these devices.

In Loudoun County, the LCSO begins discussing vaping devices in the D.A.R.E. America International program at both the elementary and middle school level.

Additionally, as part of the outreach campaign, forums are being held for parents in coordination with Loudoun County Public Schools’
Student Assistance Services. The forums discuss the hazards associated with vaping, as well as the public school resources available. The forums also include a technology safety component that discusses ways to keep your kids safe while they are online.

The forums are being held at the following locations in #Loudoun County:

11/07/19– Sterling Library (with PALs)*
*6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

11/13/19– Belmont Ridge Middle School+
11/20/19– Blue Ridge Middle School+
12/04/19– John Champe High School+
12/18/19– Broad Run High School+
+7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

All forums are free and open to the public. Please be advised that this is a PARENT ONLY class due to sensitive content.

*Updated Numbers as of 10.22.19

Parents and Teens: We look forward to seeing you next week, September 26th at the Ashburn Library. Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Ashburn Library Loudoun County Government Please register at:

Parents: We hope you consider attending the LCPS Mental Health and Wellness Parent Seminar Series for 2019-2020. Please share with your communities! LCPS Parent Resource Services Loudoun County Public Library Loudoun County Sheriff's Office

Virginia Department of Health State Health Commissioner's Letter regarding Respiratory Illness and Vaping. Please educate yourselves about these risks. Please visit or reach out to LCPS Student Assistance Services at 571-252-1885 if you would like more information.

The Prevention Alliance of Loudoun is excited to offer our 1st Parent Seminar Series for the 2019-2020 school year. These presentations will focus on substance use, mental health and violence prevention efforts. Please mark your calendars and share this information with others. Thank you! Our presenters are from the following organizations: Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Loudoun County Government Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter (LAWS)/Loudoun Citizens for Social Justice LCPS Student Assistance Services Just Ask Trafficking Prevention Sam Lucania

Every year, our PEER Programs raise awareness for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month during the month of February. LAWS Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter (LAWS)/Loudoun Citizens for Social Justice provided 7,000 orange ribbons for our student-led initiatives. Here are some spotlights from our awesome high schools..... Thank you, students and staff for raising awareness!! One Love Foundation loveisrespect

LCPS PEER Spotlight - Dating Violence and Healthy Relationships Awareness

Please take a minute to watch this video created by Heritage PEER for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month - One Love Foundation loveisrespect Heritage High School Parents - Leesburg, VA #tdvam #lcps19 #loveisrespect #loveisnotabuse

PARENTS & TEENS! Please join us next week, March 13th from 630-830 pm at Stone Bridge HS to learn about the dangers of teen trafficking in Northern Virginia. Please share the word about this important event.
Stone Bridge High School Loudoun County Public Schools
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E-Cigarettes and Vaping

PARENTS: Please take the time to watch this educational video about electronic cigarettes and vaping from UCLA Health and David Geffen School of Medicine.

For more information about LCPS services and resources please visit our Student Assistance Services page.

Our Teen Trafficking Workshop has been rescheduled for March 13th at Stone Bridge HS. Parents and teens, please join us for this important conversation and learn from local experts about Loudoun County’s strategies and resources.

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Another informative event for parents about teen dating and signs of unhealthy relationships is scheduled for February 7th from 630-830 pm. Join us for this important conversation with Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter (LAWS)/Loudoun Citizens for Social Justice#awareness #prevention #loveisrespect #lcpsmh


PARENTS: Please come out to Briar Woods HS on Monday, January 28th from 6:30-9:30pm to learn about this important topics affecting our youth, Vaping/JUULing and Internet Safety. Loudoun County Sheriff's Office LCPS Student Assistance Services. Parents will also hear from LCPS Student Assistance Specialists about school-based supports that are available.

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Inclusive Schools Week: Kaleidoscope of Friends

Way to go Freedom HS! So impressed with your unified sports teams 😊 🏀 What a wonderful way to shine a light on inclusive schools week.

Inclusive Schools Week is an annual event held during the first week of December. This video highlights 3 LCPS schools' effort in celebrating inclusion and…

PEER Video 2018

Great job Briar Woods PEER. Thank for your hard work and dedication to create this video! ❤️
#herecomesthesun #spreadtheshine This video is about PEER Video 2018

Nearly 1 in 5 teens seriously considers suicide. Can schools offer relief?

Thank you PBS for spotlighting Mental Health and Sources of Strength at Freedom HS. “Making the Grade” #lcpsmh #suicideprevention #connection #hopehelpstrength The Ryan Bartel Foundation Sources of Strength Freedom High School (Loudoun County, Virginia) The statistics are sobering: according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is now the second-leading cause of death for ages 10 to 18, and the number of teens reporting feeling sad, hopeless or suicidal has risen. But experts say suicide is preventable. Special correspondent L...

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What a successful PEER Conference 2018! Over 200 students from 15 high schools gathered together to watch Angst, a documentary about anxiety and collaborate with each other. Looking forward to seeing what initiatives they develop to spread awareness and engage others in the community! So proud of these LCPS students #lcpsmh #angstmovie #mentalhealth

Croll: Anxiety Makes Teen So Sick He Can't Eat

Good article in Loudoun Now which helps increase awareness about anxiety and sheds light on how it may present in children. This is an interview with the mother of a child who has anxiety-induced medical anorexia. It is one in a series that profiles children who have conditions, diagnoses or temperaments that require specialized support from parents, teachers, coaches, therapists, friends, family members and other influe

Blaise Carland, LCPS Student Assistance Specialist served as an expert panel member at last night’s LCSO’s Opioid/Substance Abuse Forum: Tackling Opioids. #prevention #awareness #enforcement Loudoun County Sheriff's Office

Featured Speaker- Dr. John Walker will discuss "Helping Your Teen in Crisis" We hope you will join us this Saturday at Briar Woods High School for our Mental Health and Wellness Conference. Register at

Mental Health and Wellness Featured Speaker****

Neil McNerney, M.Ed, LPC Neil McNerney - Counselor & Author
Mr. McNerney holds a Masters degree in education and a post-masters certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy. He is both a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Parent Coach who works as a counselor, parent consultant, speaker and trainer. Mr. McNerney supports children with a number of issues including but not limited to anxiety, misbehavior, and ADHD. He also provides counseling to families, teens, couples, and individuals. He is an engaging speaker and author of two books, “Homework – A Parent’s Guide To Helping Out Without Freaking Out!” and “The Don’t Freak Out Guide for Parenting Kids with Asperger’s.”

Mental Health & Wellness Conference Featured Speaker:

Christine Borgelt works at the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, located in Lansdowne, VA and dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. As senior specialist for scholar experience, she champions program-wide goals, priorities, and initiatives through collaborative curriculum development. Her emphasis is to support scholars, families, and staff through meaningful learning experiences throughout the scholarship process.
Licensed in both school and clinical psychology, Dr. Borgelt’s career passion is supporting children and young adults with asynchronous development, including giftedness, learning disabilities, and multi-exceptionalities.

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This year’s LCPS Mental Health & Wellness Conference includes an early childhood track! Join us if you are a parent or a teacher of a young child. #lcpsmh www.navigatethepath

Loudoun Valley’s Peer Program and these amazing school social workers also participated in the Out of the Darkness Walk. Thank you ❤️ #lcpspeer #lcpsmh #lvhpeer

Thank you for all you do John Champe PEER and Sources of Strength students and staff! Here they are partnering at the AFSP Out of the Darkness Walk in Loudoun sharing the messages: Moments Pass, You Matter, Please Stay. #lcpsmh #champestrong #sourcesofstrength

We are hosting a film screening of ‘Angst’ on September 27th for parents and teens.

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at LCPS Admin Building


The filmmakers' goal is to have a global conversation and raise awareness around anxiety. Angst features candid interviews with kids and young adults who suffer, or have suffered, from anxiety and what they've learned about it. The film includes discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, as well as help, resources and tools.

Following the film, you will hear from our panel of school and community mental health professionals.

We hope to see you there for this informative event.

We are ready for another school year and are excited to have our Parent Seminar Series lines up. Parents, please put these on your calendars and share with your communities #lcpsmh #parenteducation #prevention #awareness #community The Official Loudoun County Public Schools LCPS Parent Resource Services Loudoun County Public Schools School Counseling Loudoun County Sheriff's OfficeLoudoun Abused Women's Shelter (LAWS)/Loudoun Citizens for Social JusticeInsight Into Action Therapy

Local Mental Health Professionals! - We have extended the deadline to submit proposals to JULY 16th for our October 13, 2018 Mental Health and Wellness Conference at Briar Woods High School. Please consider sharing your skills and knowledge with our community.

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