Emotional Support

Amber Brumley

School Counselor

Maria Mishkind, LCSW

School Counselor

Social & Emotional Resources for Families

Monterey Bay Charter School is dedicated to providing social and emotional support for our students and their families. We are especially aware of the need for resources and support for our students as we continue to navigate this challenging learning environment and address social-emotional issues as a result of the pandemic. Relationships are incredibly important and we believe it is critical to place our students and families well being first. It is our goal to establish a positive and supportive learning environment. Please utilize the resources below, curated by our school counselors, Amber Brumley and Maria Mishkind.
Amber Brumley is thrilled to join MBCS as a full-time school counselor. Amber graduated with honors from CSUMB with a B.A. in Psychology. She continued her graduate studies at CSUMB and graduated with a Master’s of Social Work and a P.P.S credential in School Social Work as well as Child Welfare and Attendance. Having worked in higher education for seven years, Amber is excited to transition to K-12 education and become a part of the MBCS community. Amber values equity and believes in the personal dignity and value of each student and family that she serves. She is committed to helping all students reach their full academic, social, and emotional potential.
Maria Mishkind is excited to return to MBCS as a school counselor as well as being the field instructor for the two CSUMB clinical interns. Maria is a mom of three school-aged kids and two rescue puppies. Her life as a busy mom has informed her clinical approach to working with students and their families. Maria attended Wellesley College for her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Education. She then attended New York University where she graduated with her Master’s in Social Work. Maria has been a child and family therapist for over 25 years.


Emotional Intelligence Tools

A Prescription for Family Care

Healthy relationships, Exercise, Nutrition, Sleep, Mindfulness, Community resources for families and children and Support lines.

Emotional Wellness Checklist

Emotional wellness is the ability to successfully handle life’s stresses and adapt to change and difficult times.

Social and Emotional Learning

There are many ways parents can encourage emotionally intelligent behavior in their children. Check out this guide to resources.

Resource Guide

A curated list of articles and videos for parents about fostering skills like kindness, empathy, resilience, perseverance, and focus in children.

Returning to Campus

How To Help Your Child Adjust To Going Back to School

Parent SEL Resources

A curated list of resources that focus on the role of parents and parenting in social and emotional learning (SEL).

Common Sense

Help parents and caregivers keep kids focused, interested, and balanced while learning from home.

Help with ADHD

Without the rules and structure of the classroom, students with ADHD are struggling. Here’s how teachers can help.
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Community Resources

  • 24-Hour Multilingual Suicide Crisis Line. Serving Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito Counties for over 50 years.
    Call: 1-877-663-5433 (ONE LIFE)
  • 24-Hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
    Call: 1-800-273-8255
  • 24-Hour LGBTQ Suicide Prevention TrevorLifeline. Our trained counselors are here to support you 24/7. If you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk.
    Call: 1-866-488-7386
  • OHANA. Bertie Bialek Elliott wanted to do something transformational in the place she calls home. And she has — donating $105.8 million to Montage Health Foundation, the largest gift ever in Monterey County and one of the most significant philanthropic commitments in healthcare nationwide.
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  • Community Human Services. Community Human Services (CHS) provides person-centered substance abuse and mental health counseling and recovery services to middle and low income individuals and families in Monterey County, California.
    Visit Website
  • Hartnell Professional Recovery Center. The Recovery Center’s comprehensive program for adults can help restore health, improve family relationships, quality of life, and self-respect, and increase dignity.
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  • Behavioral Health Adult and Children’s Services. The Adult System of Care provides a wide range of programs that primarily serve adults with serious mental illness and functional impairments that interfere with their ability to live in the community without these supportive services.
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  • Marina – Family Support Group Provide support to families who have a family member diagnosed with a chronic mental illness Have an opportunity to share experiences.
    299 Twelfth St., Marina CA, 93933
    Tel. (831) 647-7652

    1441 Constitution Blvd, Bldg 400, Suite 202, Salinas, CA 93906
    Tel. (831) 796-1700
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  • Salinas – Family Support Group. Tips on how to spot, report and prevent Cyberbullying
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  • National Domestic Violence Hotline. 24/7 access to resources and support specifically aimed at teen and young adult relationships.
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  • Rape Crisis Monterey County Center Hotline. The Monterey County Rape Crisis Center (MCRCC) is a nonprofit agency whose mission is to provide ongoing advocacy, support and healing for all victims and survivors of sexual assault, human trafficking and child abuse; and to prevent sexual violence in our community through education.
    Visit Website
  • YWCA Safe House. Confidential location in Monterey County. Women and children fleeing domestic violence.
    Call ( 831) 757-1001
  • Community Homeless Solutions. Monterey County Winter Warming Shelter or homeless men, women, and children. Check-in at 4:00 p.m., shelter will close at 8:00 a.m. daily.
    Visit Website
  • Victory Mission.Victory Mission, Inc. has been reaching out to the homeless of Salinas, and much of Monterey county, since 1959. Intake for evening dinner is 6:15pm (all are welcome). Overnight lodging (men only) intake is 7:15 pm.
    Visit Website
  • Contact your student’s teacher
  • Contact your student’s principal
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