Social and Emotional Wellness

Take care of yourself and take care of your soul.
— Deuteronomy 4:9


Social and emotional well-being have a close correlation with academic success.

Studies have shown that social and emotional competence are as critical to college and workplace success as academic skills. At Denver Jewish Day School, our whole-child approach to education includes social and emotional learning. Our counselors can be found in the classroom, engaging with a small group of students, or meeting one-on-one with students of all ages. We provide services for all students in K-12.

To contact our licensed psychologist Dr. Rachel Gall, click here.

What is Social Emotional Learning (SEL)?

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. Click here to learn more about SEL.

Social and Emotional Learning


Some of the most common issues we work with students and families around include:

  • Social skills and friendship
  • Family conflict
  • Anger and behavioral issues
  • Depression
  • Coping with stress
  • Anxiety, worries, and fears
  • Life transitions
  • Sexuality
  • Attentional issues
  • Substance use
  • Autism spectrum
  • Identity and self-esteem
  • And more

Counseling staff meets with students up to three times for individual support with short-term issues. Community referrals for individual, group, or family therapy, or psychological evaluation, are provided when indicated.

Consultation and Collaboration

School counselors work closely with parents, teachers, our Learning Resource Center, administration, and outside therapeutic and assessment providers. We are always available for a phone check-in or may have ideas for resources including mental health providers, books, parenting strategies, and more.

Social-Emotional Curriculum

Students engage in developmentally appropriate, evidence-based learning and discussion around social, emotional, and health topics. Counseling curriculum is integrated with our Judaics curriculum within the classroom.

Skills include:

  • Friendship and conflict resolution
  • Empathy
  • Relationship building
  • Healthy decision making
  • Executive functioning and impulse control
  • Self-awareness and self-perception
  • Self-care, coping, and mindfulness
  • Inclusion and appreciation of diversity
  • Communication
  • Healthy emotional expression


Health Curriculum

Fifth through ninth graders engage in developmentally appropriate, evidence-based learning and discussion around topics including stress management, mental health, hygiene, nutrition, drugs and alcohol, interpersonal skills, healthy sexuality, and decision-making.

Parent Engagement Programming

The counseling department sponsors programming on child development and parenting throughout the school year. More information coming soon.

Diversity and Inclusion

Denver JDS would not be complete without each unique child. The counseling department teaches a bystander model of intervention, an evidence-based model that focuses on empowering witnesses of unacceptable or unjust behavior, giving voice to disempowered individuals, and turning bystanders into allies. All counseling staff are allies and fully support our LGBTQ+ students.


Considering an educational, behavioral, or psychological assessment for your child? The counseling department has a referral list of local psychologists. We can help you find the best fit for your family. Please click here to access our checklist for psychoeducational assessments.


Counseling permission form (disclosure form): Please click here.

Release of information (ROI) form: Please click here if you would like the counseling department to have permission to speak with an outside provider.

HIPAA form: Please click here for information about how we keep your student’s information confidential.

Prospective Counseling Interns

Denver Jewish Day School’s counseling department takes one to two interns/externs per year. We are able to supervise students from counseling, school counseling, MFT, social work, and psychology (Ph.D./Psy.D.) programs. For more information, please click here to see our internship brochure.