Northgate High School Support Counselor Program

Parent Education Night

The Pleasure Trap: A Continued Look at
Motivating Kids to Make Good Choices

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
6:30 pm - NG Little Theater

Facilitated by Abby Medcalf, PhD
Build on your conversation with Abby when she was at Northgate last spring or come to add "new tricks" to your parenting toolkit in handling teens. All parents in the community are welcome.

Best known for combining the latest research with her hands-on experience, Abby synthesizes large tracts of information into easy to follow techniques and practical tools that anyone can use to bring about positive changes in their parenting knowledge and style. You can visit Abby on the web at for free trainings, exercises and tips.


See your Northgate Support Counselors

Address issues such as:
Family Stress   Depression   Bullying   Anxiety
Grief & Loss   Peer Pressure
Eating Disorders   Coping Skills
Substance Abuse   Stress   . . . and more

The Northgate Support Counseling Program is designed to assist students and parents with a variety of concerns by offering short-term counseling.

Parent, teacher or peer concerns may be discussed by telephone, by making an appointment with a Support Counselor, or by dropping in during available office hours.

There is no cost to students or parents to use these counseling services. Sessions are strictly confidential.

Counselors Shannon Brueckner, MFT
Monday, Tuesday
Jeff Kent, MFT
Wednesday, Thursday
Mahsa Lindeman, MFT
Direct Telephone Line 938-3921
938-0900 x3519
Office Hours 7:30AM to 3:30PM
Location Room 60 in the Art wing,
across from Room 63

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Suicide Prevention Support

Dear Northgate Community:

Beginning of the year can be stressful for both the student and the families of NHS. The support counselors would like to provide current resources for both students and parents.
Please contact us with any questions or needs.

Northgate Support Counselors,
Shannon Brueckner, MFT
Jeff Kent, MFT
Mahsa Lindeman, MFT

See box above for our contact info during school hours.

For Counseling resources outside school
Anytime (24/7):

  • Crisis & Suicide Support through the Contra Costa Crisis Center 1-800-SUICIDE
  • US National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK

Please take this time to talk to your children about suicide and suicide prevention. Some resources that can help with the conversations include:

Click here for additional information regarding warning signs of suicide and what to do if someone you know exhibits any.

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Northgate Counseling Program 2013-14

Total of 689 individual students seen during the 2013-14 school year - well over 1/4 (25%) of the students!

    This past school year 2013-14
  • 23% Class of 2017 Freshmen
  • 27% Class of 2016 Sophomores
  • 27% Class of 2015 Juniors
  • 23% Class of 2014 Seniors
    Last school year 2012-13
  • 29% Class of 2016 Freshmen
  • 28% Class of 2015 Sophomores
  • 25% Class of 2014 Juniors
  • 18% Class of 2013 Seniors

Issues include: Anxiety, Stress, Social and Peer Pressures, Abuse/Bullying, Eating Disorders, Anger and Self-harm/ Suicidal Ideation.

Over 100 parents participated in Parent Education Nights.

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Bullying Is A Form of Harassment

Referenced from the Mt. Diablo USD Parent Information Packet, available on their website:

The Mt. Diablo Unified School District believes that all students have a right to a safe and healthy school environment. To that end, the District, schools, and community have an obligation to promote mutual respect, tolerance and acceptance.

The District will not tolerate behavior that infringes on the safety of any student. A student shall not intimidate or harass another student through words or actions. Such behavior includes direct physical contact, such as hitting or shoving, verbal assaults, such as teasing or name-calling; and social isolation or manipulation. This policy applies whenever a student is on school grounds, traveling to and from school or a school sponsored activity, during the lunch period, whether on or off campus, and during a school-sponsored activity. Read the entire information here...

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Northgate Counseling Program 2014-2015

Program funding provided by
the City of Walnut Creek and the Northgate Parent Faculty Club

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Parent Education