Teaching is not for the weak. Today’s societal and familial issues impact the classroom as never before; educators must respond appropriately to these issues, or schools fail.
School Care Teams
Care Teams are one of the most effective methods for responding to schools’ needs. A Care Team is a group composed of diverse school professionals. When an at-risk student is referred to the Care Team, team members gather information about the situation, plan and implement appropriate interventions, and continue monitoring the circumstances, if necessary. The WCPA consultant first trains the team members, then functions as a leader and professional resource for the group.
Care Team Training Topics
- An Introduction to Care Teams
- Finding Solutions When the Team Feels Stuck
- Legal and Ethical Issues
- Responding to At-Risk Students (Substance Use and Addiction)
- Responding to At-Risk Students (Mental Health)
- Responding to At-Risk Students (Learning Challenges)
- Working with Difficult Family Issues
- Extremely Difficult Adults: Understanding Personality Disorders
- Valuable Communication Skills for Today’s Educators
- Motivating the Unmotivated Student
- Bullying: The Care Teams Response
- Classroom Management Strategies
- Boundaries with Students, Parents, and Colleagues
- Internet and Technology Issues Today
- Cultural Competence
An on-site consultant functions as school counselor or supplements a school’s existing counseling staff, and is usually purchased for a block of time each week. The consultant’s tasks often include observation of students or classrooms, brief counseling with students, communication with families, and consultation with teachers and administrators.
Principals’ Consultation Groups
Principals meet monthly, in small groups, led by a WCPA consultant. In the group, principals present individual cases about students, families, staff, or policy, share support, and resolve problems that group members are having within their schools. All information shared is strictly confidential.
Frequently Requested Topics
We often provide in-service education for school professionals and speakers for parent groups. Presentations on a variety of issues are available for both school staff and parents. For staff, presentation length can vary from one hour to full-day workshops. For parents, presentations are typically 60-90 minutes long.
Frequently requested topics include:
- Stress and Self-Care
- Motivating the Unmotivated Student
- Mindful Leadership
- Suicide Awareness and Prevention
- Emotional Intimacy and Lack of Connection in the Age of Smartphones
- Stress, Over-Scheduling, and Hyper-Parenting
- Raising Independent Kids in a Dependent Society
- Anxiety in Students
- Vaping and/or other Substance Use
- Helping Kids from Divorced/Divorcing Families
- Perfectionism and Student Stress
- School Anxiety and Refusal
- Netiquette and Online Reputation
- Dealing with Difficult Parents
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Social Media’s Impact on Self-Esteem
- Using Healthy Boundaries in Schools
- Ending the Homework Hassle Forever
- Youth Depression and Self-Harming Behaviors
- Helping schools with Dealing with Divorced Families and the Legal Systems
Topics are also available for preschool teachers and parents. These include:
- Anxiety in the Preschooler
- Grief and Loss in Early Childhood
- Behavior Management for Preschoolers
Social Skills Group
WCPA therapists work with groups of at-risk students, who need help to learn appropriate social skills and behaviors. Students are grouped by age and social skill needs, and meet regularly. After 6-8 sessions, group membership can be reassessed. During group, specific skills are taught, such as: basic social skills and manners, conflict resolution, anger management, making friends, and coping skills. Social skills groups are available at the WCPA office, and can also be provided in the school. Schools choosing to provide these groups on-site may designate the topics on which the groups will focus.
Student Risk Assessment
Schools concerned about the potential for dangerous behavior by a particular student can refer that student for a comprehensive risk assessment. With parental permission, the student and his or her family are interviewed, the teacher or relevant school professional is contacted, and a battery of psychological testing is performed. A written report is then provided to the school, outlining the therapist’s impressions.
Psycho-educational testing is offered for intellectual functioning (IQ), academic achievement, learning disabilities, emotional problems and ADHD. A full battery of psychological tests is available for students of all ages. All testing services include a timely, written report, as well as specific recommendations for the client and his or her family and/or school.
In addition, a diagnostic team can conduct a Comprehensive Student Assessment. The assessment includes an observation of the student in the classroom, consultation interviews with teachers and parents, psychological and/or educational testing, and a thorough written report with a feedback session for parents and school staff.