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Dear VSSA Families,

I wanted to start by welcoming you to another great year at VSSA.  It has been a pleasure to work with your kids over the last ten years and I am eager to start the 2020-2021 school year.  I am very excited to have Sami Gothberg join our school community this year!

Sami Gothberg is the new School-Based Therapist located at Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy. Sami is excited to work with VSSA student-athletes to feel supported, healthy, competent, and capable of improving their own lives. Sami’s passion lies in helping the students develop the skills to allow them to feel prepared in any situation within their personal and performance realms. Sport & Performance Psychology services help student-athletes learn to navigate the unique challenges they face. Holistically understanding what it takes for a student-athlete to reach peak performance consistently, in both personal and sport performance realms, is what Sami is invested in.

All of the services Sami provides at VSSA will be free and it is important to note that she is here for supporting our student athletes with their overall mental health, yet has the ability to support them on the mental side of sport as well. Whether you want to develop skills to overcome challenges and hardships in school or take your athletic performance to the next level, these services can help student athletes meet their goals. Parents, teachers, and coaches, if you are interested in having your student-athlete participate in services with Sami, please fill out the referral form. Both myself and Sami will assess and respond based on need, issue, and severity. Please click here for the referral form.

As the counselors at VSSA, we will maintain confidentiality for students whenever possible.  Limits to confidentiality include mandated reporting laws. Counselors are required to take appropriate action if students engage in behavior that presents clear and imminent danger to themselves or others.  Counselors are also required to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect. If students work with Sami Gothberg for more than one or two sessions, a consent form must be signed by both student and parents to ensure there is an understanding of furthered services.

Both individual and group work may be utilized for your student at VSSA.  Parents will be informed if any safety concerns are identified or if additional support is recommended in the home or community.  If you do not want your child to participate in counseling services, by either myself or Sami, please contact me at the beginning of the school year.  If you believe your child is in need of specific support by the counseling department or you have concerns about your student, please utilize our new referral form.  This form will be provided to students, parents and teachers and can be found in the Yeti Times as well the districts website.

We will continue implementing our 4 Core Values of Courage, Commitment, Character and Compassion as we strive for a positive and supportive school culture.

We look forward to serving the needs of your child in the 2020-2021 school year. 

Our Team

Charlene Whitney
School Counselor
(970) 328-2833

Sami Gothberg
School-Based Therapist
(970) 328-2833

Hope Center 24/7 Crisis Hot Line:  (970) 306-4673