Counseling Newsletter




K-3: SEL – 7 Mindsets: Everything is Possible

Scope and Overview: The unit will orient them toward understanding that we are all capable of dreaming bigger than we ever thought possible. Students will learn to take small steps every day on the road to their dreams, embrace their creativity and imaginations, look on the bright side of things, and turn mistakes or setbacks into opportunities. READ MORE HERE

4-5: Botvin Life Skills: Intro and Self Esteem
Scope and Overview: This program is proven to reduce tobacco, alcohol and other drug use and is long-lasting. Will help children understand what self-esteem is and how it is developed. To make children aware that they are unique and should feel good about it. Some children no longer come to school with a strong sense of self and are faced with a family life that actually encourages the development of low self-esteem. Even children who come from stable and supporting families are at risk.


K-3: SEL – 7 Mindsets: Passion First
Scope and Overview: The unit will expose them to the understanding that we are all individuals with our own unique passions and talents. In this unit, you will learn to spend time doing the things that you truly enjoy, to align your core values to your interests, and to be true to yourself by aligning your passions with what matters most to you. READ MORE HERE

4-5: Botvin Life Skills: Decision-Making
Scope and Overview: Children are notorious for making poor decisions, they are impulsive and rarely think about the consequences of their actions. Decision-making becomes more serious when one realizes that the decisions a child makes today may have an impact on their future use of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs.



September is Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month

Youth suicide is a serious public health issue in Utah. Our state ranks in the top five in the nation with the most significant mental health concerns.

Warning Signs

It is important that we understand how to identify the warning signs and know where to find the support, if needed.

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In this video created by Mayo Clinic, teens describe common signs that someone is considering suicide and provide encouragement for communicating directly and immediately for support and safety. It also Includes suggestions for what to say to a person who may be at risk for suicide and ways to keep them safe.

Teen Suicide Prevention


What is 988? The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) offers 24/7 call, text and chat access to trained crisis counselors who can help people experiencing suicidal, substance use, and/or mental health crisis, or any other kind of emotional distress. Click HERE to watch a short video about 988.
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline - 24/7 Crisis Support

Safe UT

Whether it's something big, something small, or something where you're not even sure what it is, don't ignore it. Try talking to someone. It's always better to be safe. Download the SafeUT app today:

Learn more about Safe UT with this video.

SafeUT: Putting Help in the Palm of Your Hand
There is help and hope!



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  • Hello! My name is Emily McMullin. I am the elementary school counselor at UTVA! I graduated from BYU with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in 2005, and I completed my Master’s of Science degree in School Counseling in 2008.

  • I love my family! I have five awesome kids and I love adventuring and hiking on cool mountain trails with my husband, Evan. I also love strawberry lemonade, ice cream, skiing and making apple pie. And I have two awesome dogs - Moose and Ruby.

  • This is my 2nd year working with UTVA and I love it so much! I love helping students overcome obstacles and reach their potential.

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These are a few things I do at UTVA:


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