Ashley Smith

Director of Counseling Services

BA, Psychology, University of Montana

MSW, Social Work, Colorado State University

LCSW, CAS, and EMDR Certified

Appointed 2002

What do you do at CRMS?
I am the mental health counselor at the school. In addition, I teach Freshman Seminar, which is a health & wellness class. I have an undergraduate degree in psychology and a master’s degree in social work. I am a licensed clinical social worker and certified addiction specialist. I also specialize in trauma and I am EMDR certified.

What is your favorite school tradition?
My favorite school tradition is Wilderness. I love that all students start out with a common experience and really get to “unplug” before jumping into the daily class schedule. It is a great way for kids to really get to know each other. I was able to participate in Wilderness when I started 19 years ago and I have fond memories of that time!

Why are life skills an important part of our ninth-grade curriculum?
Our Wellness class in 9th-grade is an important part of the 9th-grade curriculum because it helps teens with life skills. They are given information to make informed decisions about their lives and are also empowered to help others. Topics include mental health, suicide prevention, mindfulness, consent, and healthy relationships, sex education, nutrition, sexual orientation and gender, healthy use of technology, and many other topics. We keep the information relevant to current issues in their lives. We also continue these conversations with the older students as well.

What’s your favorite part of being the CRMS counselor?
My favorite part of being the school counselor is supporting teens, having great conversations with them, and seeing their growth over the years. I think I have the best job on campus!