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Prioritizing Wellness


Mater Dei is partnered with CHOC Children’s Psychology. We entered this partnership in Fall of 2020 as we felt that there were many opportunities for increasing wellness activities as well as addressing a range of mental health concerns. Mater Dei and CHOC’s partnership is comprehensive, with the focus on promoting the mental, emotional, and social development of students.

The photos above link to resources for parents and students.

The CHOC Psychology team includes a licensed psychologist, licensed clinical social worker, and resource specialist. They will be available to help with any mental health crises that might come up during the school day (Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.).


The CHOC Psychology team is available on campus, during the school day, for brief assessments, crisis Intervention, check-ins until linked to therapy, small groups, and mental health prevention programs for all students, parents, and faculty.

One of CHOC Children's primary goals is to establish an evidenced-based wellness program to prevent negative mental health outcomes, improve academic performance and career success, and increase overall sense of happiness and well-being. Please reference the student handbook for more information.



Students, parents, coaches, and teachers can complete an online referral for multiple issues and questions. Please note: Referrals are not sent directly to CHOC Psychology. MD Counseling and CHOC Psychology work collaboratively to meet all student needs. Referrals are sent to the MD Counseling Department and triaged from there (see next question).

Referrals can be made for the following:

  • Academic concerns
  • College/Career Questions
  • Test Taking Anxiety
  • Time Management
  • Stress Management
  • Family Issues
  • Difficulty Making Friends
  • Low Self Esteem
  • Depression
  • Self-Harm
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Sexual Harassment/Assault
  • Other

Referrals are triaged during school hours by the CHOC Liaison/School Counselor, Ms. Kim Dittrich, who relays mild concerns to the student's school counselor; school counselors meet with students for everyday stressors (relationship issues, stress, test-taking anxiety, etc.).  Moderate-severe concerns are sent to CHOC Psychology.

Please see below for an overview:

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If this is an emergency outside of school hours (7:30 a.m. 4:00 p.m. - Monday - Friday), please visit your nearest emergency department. You can also consult the following resource numbers: 

    • Crisis Assessment Team (CAT; parents must make the call): 1-866-830-6011
    • Crisis Youth Crisis Hotline (24 hrs): 1-800-843-5200
    • Suicide Prevention Lifeline:1-800-273-8255
    • Suicide Prevention Center(24 hrs): 1-800-784-2433
    • Crisis Text Line: 741741