School Based Services

School Based Services (SBS) provides comprehensive behavioral services for youth and their families through a collaboration with the school district. The idea is to provide youth help to address behavioral and mental health concerns and bring together the family and the school in how best to address and support the youth. To schedule an initial appointment, you are welcome to call 602.618.9815 or go to our online form to begin the process.

Touchstone provides services in a way the youth and family feel most comfortable. There are in-person services delivered with safety procedures. Additionally, Touchstone’s School Based Services can be provided completely virtually through secure telehealth conferencing.

How does it work

Youth are assigned an SBS Therapist and Interventionist. The Interventionist will provide active care coordination, case management, facilitate Child and Family Team meetings to help determine the most effective course of treatment, family support/resources, and may provide living skills to youth in order to help develop their social, emotional, and other vital skills. Therapists may provide either individual therapy, family therapy, and/or group therapy to help process the mental health concerns and facilitate the youth, family, and schools in supporting interventions to help the youth thrive.

Touchstone’s School Based Services program can address a variety of needs including but not limited to: anxiety, depression, parenting support/skills, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anger management, emotional regulation, trauma, self -harm, suicidal ideation, substance abuse, and other concerns.

Groups

In addition, Touchstone’s SBS program offers specially designed School Based Groups that utilize a curriculum that has been shown to provide youth, families, and schools the ability to achieve positive improvements in academics, decrease in suspensions and expulsions, decrease in problem behaviors in the classroom and increased peer and social skills. See below for some available programming:

Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) is a school-based group and individual intervention. It is designed to reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and behavioral concerns. CBITS has been used with middle and high school-aged youth who experienced traumatic life events. Bounce Back is an adaptation of this evidence-based curriculum that is for youth in Kindergarten through 5th grade.

The Coping Cat program is a cognitive-behavioral therapy intervention that helps children recognize and analyze anxious feelings and develop strategies to cope with anxiety-provoking situations. The program focuses on four related components: (1) recognizing anxious feelings and physical reactions to anxiety; (2) clarifying feelings in anxiety-provoking situations; (3) developing a coping plan (for example, modifying anxious self-talk into coping self-talk, or determining what coping actions might be effective); and (4) evaluating performance and administering self-reinforcement.

DBT assists youth with emotional difficulties, stress management and healthy decision-making skills. Program addresses distress tolerance, mindfulness, emotional regulation and interpersonal effectiveness skills.

This living skill intervention provides fun, engaging, positive and basic approaches to building character skills. This interactive learning environmental provides activities for families to reinforce the skill development. Some character traits it focuses on is patience, honesty, compassion, attentiveness, as well as many other traits.

Casey Life Skills is a tool that assesses the behaviors and competencies youth need to achieve their long-term goals.  The goal is to help youth on the path toward healthy and productive lives using an Evidence-Based resource.  Casey Life Skills is a collaboration between youth aged 14-18, guardian/family, and the SBS Interventionist to evaluate the current strengths and needs of the youth. Examples of life skills include healthy relationships, work and study habits, planning and goal-setting, accessing community resources, budgeting and paying bills, and computer literacy.

Safe Dates is an evidence-based curriculum designed to educate youth (12-18 years old) on how to identify and prevent dating violence. In this program youth will learn and discuss the causes of dating violence, how they can help a friend in an abusive relationship, common gender stereotypes, and important prevention techniques. It also provides youth with information on dating abuse that occurs via technology.

Mind Matters teaches youth skills and practices that cultivate healing, build resilience even when the youth have experienced toxic stress or trauma. It offers practical and hands-on lessons to explore the impact of the adversity and stress they experienced along with the activities that teach and encourage healthy coping skills. Youth learn self-soothing and skills to help regulate emotions, how to manage stress more effectively, develop empathy, strengthen interpersonal communication skills, and other important skills to build resiliency.

APT is an evidence-based curriculum where parents learn various methods to improve communication and help families thrive. The program contains educational videos, group discussions, and interactive activities. Through APT parents/caregivers will also learn skills to communicate with their teens about drugs (including alcohol and tobacco), sexuality, and violence. APT emphasizes character development as a means of equipping teens to endure and succeed with special emphasis on the qualities of courage, cooperation, respect, responsibility, and self-esteem. Parents/caregivers will learn skills necessary for developing these qualities in teens while at the same time handling behavior problems and enhancing family satisfaction. These skills include discipline, communication, problem-solving, family enrichment, and encouragement.

Triple P is one of five levels of family intervention for parents with pre-adolescent children (up to 12 years of age). Triple P aims to enhance parents’ self-sufficiency and self-efficacy in managing their children’s behavior. Triple P achieves this aim by teaching parents skills for promoting their children’s development, social competence, and self-control. These workshops involve role plays, take-home activities and videos. Triple P is preventively oriented and aims to promote positive, caring relationships between parents and their children to help parents develop effective management strategies for dealing with a variety of childhood behavior problems and common developmental issues. Triple P also encourages parents to take care of themselves through self-care techniques and strategies. Triple P emphasizes on teaching parents the skills needed for promoting their children’s development, social competence, and self-control. The target population is parents with youth 2-12 years of age.

Highlights of School Feedback

  • “Once a student is enrolled, they will visibly improve- sometimes extremely quickly. The therapist does a wonderful job making sure students feel seen and acknowledged and it makes an immediate difference… Quite often grades will improve… parent concerns are quickly addressed. “

  • “Many of our students have built rapport with therapist. They have also seen a change in the way they carry themselves and their thought process along with goals…”

  • “{SBS was} Very responsive to my calls/updates and was at my schools for crisis immediately”

  • “Knowledgeable, professional and most importantly passionate and dedicated staff. Students feel supported and loved”

  • “Overall, SBS had made a significant difference in the lives of our students and families. Proving them the opportunity to receive services with the convenience of supporting students in a school setting has made it possible for many barriers to be eliminated. “