"Children don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care"
Mental health issues can affect classroom learning and social interactions, both of which are critical to the success of students. These may include anxiety, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, low self-esteem, autism bipolar disorder and eating disorders to name a few. Providing the services that children and youth may need to help them better manage and support their mental health needs at school can be quite challenging. If the appropriate services are put in place to support a young person’s mental health needs, we can often maximize success and minimize negative impacts for students. Addressing mental health needs in school is critically important.
Our school-based services also include case management, home visits, teacher consultations, and individual and family counseling. When a therapist recognizes a need that goes beyond the scope of the school environment, kids who suffer from emotional and behavioral problems, things aren't always that easy. These children can have trouble focusing and may disrupt the other students with their behavior, making learning more difficult for everyone. Our goal is to improve attendance, family involvement, social skills and academic performance and positive behavior and social interactions in the children enrolled in our programs.
Our School Services program works with children and adolescents to provide mental health and other support services in the school environment, family home or a community setting. Innovative programming is custom designed to meet the needs of each school and can include individual, group, parent and family services.
Our team of professionals facilitate behavioral health support within the school setting, allowing them the opportunity to collaborate with teachers and other educators to provide positive behavior interventions. Each counselor builds and maintains positive relationships with parents and families to empower families and students. A variety of counseling services are available based on the needs of the student and families.
· Screening for substance abuse, depression and other risk behaviors
· Individual and family counseling
· Parent education
· Referrals to other community resources
· Psychological Evaluation: Psychological testing can be helpful in determining the sources of emotional and behavioral issues and identifying effective treatment strategies. All psychological testing sessions are performed by, or under the direct supervision of, licensed psychologists.
Collaboration with community groups on education and prevention programs
This program provides intensive group therapy for children ages 6-13 and group counseling for adolescents ages 13-18. Many participants live in environments with chronic stressors such as verbal/physical/sexual abuse, neglect, poverty, drug exposure, aggression, loss, multiple home and school placements or removal from their primary family.
SCHOOL-BASED MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT