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The Wellness Center provides a range of resources to support students and families in meeting the challenges of adolescence through prevention, early-intervention and education.

  • Volunteer Mental Health Internship Position

  • Counseling Services

  • The Wellness Center offers free, confidential counseling on-campus and connects students and families to vital community resources.


Common issues addressed include:

  • Academic Stress

  • Parent/Child Communication

  • Peer Relationships

  • Anxiety and Depression

  • Grief and Loss

  • Substance Abuse

  • Resiliency and Self-Advocacy


Students may access the Wellness Center directly by drop-in or appointment, or through referral from a parent, teacher or peer.

  • Student Leadership Services

  • PMS Ambassadors

  • Peer Mediators

  • Peer Mediation Trainers

  • Youth Educators

  • Peer Advisors

  • Health Education


The Wellness Center provides programs related to health and emotional well being in an effort to build a safe and strong community.

  • Student Assemblies (substance abuse and personal safety)

  • Speakers/Films/Author Events

  • Piedmont Parent Network Training and Presentations

  • Parent Forums – Subject Specific


Hotlines for Students and Parents

  • Youth Crisis Line (24/7): 1.800.843.5200

  • Crisis Support Services (24/7): 1.800.309.2131

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (24/7): 1.800.273.8255

  • Youth Line (teenagers answer calls 4-8:00 pm weekdays): 1.888.977.3399

  • Northern California Family Center (Runaway and Homeless): 925.370.1990 x2

  • National Domestic Violence Hotline/Child Abuse (24/7): 1.800.422.4453

  • National Teen Dating Abuse: 1.866.331.9474

  • Parental Stress (24/7): 510.893.5444

  • Bay Area Women Against Rape—Alameda Co.: 510.845.7273

  • SF Drug Info & Referral (24/7): 415.362.3400

  • Narcotics Hotline: 925.685.4357


Student Leadership Services  - Peer Education and Leadership Programs

The Wellness Center provides Peer Education and Leadership Service programs for high school and middle school students. These innovative programs have had a significant positive impact on overall student health and school climate.

  • Peer Ambassadors are PMS students who participate in a weekly lunchtime roundtable facilitated by a school counselor. These discussions are open to any PMS student and include conversations about school culture and climate, often taken from students’ own questions and concerns.

  • Peer Mediators are PMS 7th and 8th graders who, after rigorous training, serve as mediators to any PMS students who choose to resolve their own disputes.

  • Peer Mediation Trainers are students who worked as Peer Mediators in the middle school and return each year to act as facilitators for new middle school mediators. These high school students not only train but also mentor the PMS Peer Mediators.

  • Peer Advisors are PHS Juniors and Seniors who meet weekly during lunch, and for three weekend retreats. These students teach the Every 15 Minutesdrinking, driving and decision-making curriculum in the 9th grade Physical Education classes. In addition, they work with 10th grade Social Psychology classes to teach curriculum on relationships, drugs, alcohol and decision-making. Peer Advisors also serve as mentors to these younger students and extend their understanding of the curriculum to influence peers and keep one another safe beyond the school day.

  • Youth Educators are PHS Juniors who teach drug, alcohol, and decision-making curriculum to 8th graders. Youth Educators serve as freshmen orientation leaders for their 8th grade students as they transition to high school. The Youth Educators’ service includes intensive training and involves commitment to model safe, non-drinking, non-drug use behavior. Youth Educators teach seven one-hour lessons in the 8th grade English classes.



Wellness Center Team


Ting Hsu Engelman is currently the Director of the Wellness Center/Student Services for the PUSD and Principal of Millennium High School. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Education.  While attending UC Berkeley, Ting participated in a program for aspiring teachers and taught during the summers. She also worked as a researcher under UC Berkeley professors studying early childhood development in impoverished communities. Upon graduation, Ting attended the University of San Francisco, where she obtained a MA in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Education. In addition, she possesses a Pupil Personnel Credential and an Administrative Credential.  She began her counseling career at Berkeley Alternative High School and Oakland High School.  In the fall of 2004 Ting became a counselor at Piedmont High School. Throughout her tenure with the PUSD she has taken on various administrative responsibilities, and in 2011 was appointed Director of the Wellness Center and Principal of Millennium High School.


Alisa Crovetti, PhD, clinical supervisor at the Wellness Center since 2011, is a licensed psychologist and credentialed school psychologist.  She studied psychology as an undergraduate at University of Michigan, completing an honors thesis on clinical interpretation of and response to suicidal threats.  Her graduate studies were at UC Berkeley, where she earned a PhD in Educational Psychology and a California School Psychologist Credential.  Her graduate research focused on motivation, metacognition, and higher-order reasoning skills in older children and adolescents.  Dr. Crovetti’s professional experience includes post-doctoral training at UCSF in the Division of Adolescent Medicine and at Kaiser Permanente in the Department of Psychiatry’s Chemical Dependency Program.  Dr. Crovetti has worked as a school psychologist conducting psychoeducational assessments and providing child counseling and parent and teacher consultation since 1995, first in the Oakland Public Schools and, beginning in 2009, for Piedmont Unified.  Alisa is adjunct faculty in the UC Berkeley School Psychology Program, where she teaches graduate seminars in child and adolescent psychotherapy and provides group consultation for graduate students in mental health and public school field placements.


For more information visit the PUSD Wellness Center on the PHS website.


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