School Based Services (SBS) provides comprehensive behavioral services for youth and their families in the youth’s school (or at another convenient site for the youth and family) through a partnership 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. Touchstone works with the individual school sites to determine any professional development needs of the staff to promote healthier social and emotional skills in youth.
Youth are referred by school staff, parents, or self with parent/guardian consent to Touchstone’s SBS program. The youth and their families would then participate in an enrollment process and work with their Child and Family Team to determine service planning and how to best support the youth and their family. Youth enrolled in Touchstone will be provided with access to all the services that Touchstone offers, if deemed clinically appropriate, with many services available on the school’s campus.
School Based Services can be provided via individual, family or group therapy. School Based Groups, if appropriate, are provided weekly during the school day. These groups utilize the evidence based curricula Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Steps-A and Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Trauma in Schools (CBITS). DBT Steps-A assists youth with emotional difficulties, stress management and healthy decision-making skills. Students participating in school based groups have shown increased social skills, improved coping skills for anxiety and depression, improved relationships with peers and family, improved grades, and reductions of truancy and expulsions. Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) program is a school-based, group and individual intervention. It is designed to reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and behavioral problems. CBITS has been used with middle and high school students who have experienced traumatic life events such as community violence. Bounce Back is an adaptation for kindergarten through 5th grade.
A vast majority of Touchstone’s treatment services will be available for youth and their family on the school campus to make it more comfortable and convenient.
Touchstone would like to partner with the school and provide free professional development planning and staff training for school faculty on an array of mental and behavioral health topics.
A Touchstone master level therapist will be available and dedicated to the school campus at least one day per week to work with and support youth and their families.
Weekly group sessions on campus will be made available using a Dialectical Behavioral Therapy curriculum based for school groups.
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