If your child is struggling in the school environment, we are able to help bridge the gap by emphasizing a team approach with your child, their Glade Run counselor, their educators and the community.
Glade Run currently contracts and provides outpatient counseling services in several school districts located in Allegheny, Butler, and Beaver counties. Glade Run operates three school-based outpatient program models: Mental Health Partnership (MHP); Therapeutic Classrooms; and Modified Therapeutic Classrooms. Glade Run’s experienced school-based therapists conduct initial psycho-social assessments, and then provide individual, family, and group therapy as determined by the individual student’s treatment plan.
Overview of the School-Based Mental Health Partnership (MHP):
Glade Run Lutheran Services provides outpatient services within public and private schools. These partnerships effectively diminish barriers which historically have prohibited some families from accessing supportive mental health services. These barriers could be location, transportation issues, or even stigma. When services are provided in a normalized setting – the school – under-served populations are often more readily accessed by service providers. As a result, there are subsequent reductions in cancelled appointments. With consistent utilization of school-based mental health services (which include assessment, treatment planning, intervention, treatment reviews, and evaluation) the prognosis for stabilization and social and emotional growth is promising, and the need for referral to more intensive or restrictive mental health services or educational placements is typically deferred.
- Candidates for referral include children returning to school from partial hospitalization and/or children who have been identified via the multi-disciplinary evaluation (MDE) process and have been identified as requiring special education programming inclusive of an individualized education program.
- Candidates are typically referred to MHP to avoid referral to either partial hospitalization, approved private schools, or inpatient hospitalization.
- MHP therapists are licensed master’s level behavioral health therapists and provide individual, group, and family therapy to children in the schools to which they are assigned.
- The master’s level behavioral health therapist provides group therapy using evidenced-based social skills curriculum and psycho-educational themes. An example of topics/skills that are introduced and practiced during group sessions include impulse control, anger management, mood regulation, self-esteem, character development, communication, and team building skills.
- Following outpatient regulations, upon admission, a master level therapist in the MHP program completes an intake and psycho-social assessment, formulates a provisional diagnosis based on information gathered during the assessment process, reviews the aforementioned with the Glade Run Lutheran Services contracted Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist during case reviews, and also meets regularly with the child for individual therapy sessions to address treatment plan goals and objectives.
Therapeutic Classroom and Modified Therapeutic Classroom:
Therapeutic classrooms are designed to provide students with a supportive classroom environment which offers more intensive outpatient services with the goal of diverting children from more intensive therapeutic and academic placements. The therapeutic classroom model team is comprised of a special education certified teacher, a classroom paraprofessional (provided by the school district), and a Masters Level mental health clinician. The teacher and the paraprofessional help students meet the educational standards of their individual education plans (IEP’s) while the paraprofessional supports the educational and behavioral needs of students by co-teaching and providing one-on-one academic attention. The mental health therapist, together with the teacher and the paraprofessional, designs a positive behavior management program for the classroom and provides daily group therapy to support the students’ development of therapeutic coping skills. The mental health clinician will also provide psycho-social assessment, individual, and family therapy where clinically appropriate.
The Modified Therapeutic Classroom Model functions in much the same way but with the addition of a bachelor level “ Mental Health Behavioral Health Coach” to the classroom team as well in order to service students with a higher level of behavioral health need.
These services are beneficial as many families have expressed frustration related to being unable to access much needed mental health services in their communities. Due to the busy lives, and intense economic need of some families, it is not always possible to seek out mental health services in a more traditional outpatient environment. School view these services as a partnership in promoting the academic success of their students and decreasing disciplinary issues, as well as deferring costs associated with more restrictive “out-of-district” placements as school based mental health services are billed through families’ insurance companies at no cost to the school districts.
For more information about school based mental health services, call our outpatient referral coordinator at 724-452-4453, ext 1084.