School Counseling Program


Portland Village School Counseling Program

Here at PVS, our counselor, Mr. O’Leary, encourages every student to reach their highest potential while shaping a learning environment that is safe, supportive and recognizes the strengths and gifts of all. The school counselor impacts student success by helping students:

  • Understand, express and manage their emotions
  • Develop interpersonal skills and create opportunities for social growth
  • Apply academic achievement and executive functioning strategies 
  • Plan for major transitions and life events
  • Celebrate diversity within our school and our larger community

The school counselor’s duties include:

  • Advocating for the needs of all students in and out of the classroom
  • Providing individual student planning and goal setting services
  • Delivering school counseling lessons based on developmental need
  • Offering short-term individual/group counseling and referrals for long-term support
  • Using data analysis to identify student struggles, needs and challenges
  • Collaborating with families, teachers, administrators, and community responsive services
  • Consulting with stakeholders to create a school climate that enhances cultural competence and awareness
  • Managing and reviewing 504 plans

Statement of Confidentiality: Your school counselor keeps all information confidential unless disclosure is required to prevent clear and imminent danger to you or others or when the law requires that confidential information be revealed.

“A counseling relationship requires an atmosphere of trust and confidence between student and counselor. A student has the right to privacy and confidentiality.” - American School Counseling Association

To contact the school counselor, please call the front office at (503) 445-0056  or email directly at [email protected]


March 29, 2020

Dear Families,

I wanted to reach out to you all during this unprecedented time to keep you updated on the counseling services that I am providing. Emotional health and access to supportive care are crucial given the unease and disruption we are all experiencing in our daily lives. I will be working to connect with students and families on various levels. Some of the ways I am connecting with our community include:

  • Responding to needed support between the hours of 9:00am and 3:00pm M-F. The best way to reach me is by email at [email protected].
  • Emailing students and families to get updates and provide brief check-ins on emotional well-being
  • Conferencing via telephone, when requested.

As we all continue to navigate through distance learning, I will be here to help students as much as I possibly can. While the interventions I provide may look different, I want to make sure students are still feeling heard and supported. Please continue to take care of yourselves and each other. Wishing you health and peace always.


Sean O’Leary

PVS School Counselor






To receive a customized referral to emergency child care programs, contact 211info by:


Option 1: Calling 211

  • Press 1 for English, 2 for Spanish, # for all other languages
  • Enter your 5 digit zip code
  • Press 3 for child care
  • Press 2 to access a child care provider for your family.


Option 2: Texting the keyword “children” or “niños” to 898211 (TXT211).


Option 3: Emailing [email protected].

211 HOURS: Monday-Friday: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Essential Workers are prioritized to receive emergency child care. This includes first responders, emergency workers, health care professionals, critical operations staff and essential personnel, and other individuals working outside of the home.


211info provides the most comprehensive database for child care services. For additional information about PPS collaborations with hospitals for emergency child care services, please contact [email protected].


mental health


Are you or someone you know feeling suicidal? Are you worried about your mental health or someone else's? We care about you. Please reach out to a friend, family member or one of the following helplines (each notes if interpretation is available):

  • Call to Safety: If you are an adult and worried about your safety at home, 888-235-5333. Interpretation line available.
  • Proyecto Unica: Spanish version of Call to Safety, 503-232-4448
  • DHS Hotline (Oregon Department of Human Services) If you are worried about the safety of a child, 855-503-7233. Interpretation services available.
  • Multnomah County Crisis Services: Call Center/Crisis Line, 503-988-4888 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week). Interpretation services available.
  • Kaiser Crisis Line: Available if you have Kaiser insurance, 503-331-6425
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: English, 800-273-8255; Spanish, 800-628-9454 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week). Interpretation services available.
  • Oregon Youthline: For youth to connect with other youth, text "Teen2Teen" to 839863 to instantly text with another person. Interpretation services available.
  • Trevor Project: Supporting LGBTQiA+ youth. Text "START" to 678678 or call TrevorLifeLine, 1-866-488-7386
  • Trans Lifeline: Supporting trans community members, call 877-565-8860