Each of Cenpatico’s School Programs ensures that there is continuous access to a team of Licensed Clinical Therapists and/or Clinical Interns who provide counseling and case management services to eligible students, as well as on-going engagement in Child and Family Team meetings. Parents and guardians of students with significant mental health issues often benefit from advocacy and assistance in navigating community-based systems; Cenpatico’s Therapists are able to provide this type of support, meanwhile assuring they do not overreach their scope of practice or guidance.
As a clinical team, our School Therapists stay abreast of current local and national practice initiatives which align with school, community, and evidence-based approaches in mental health. By partnering with local institutions of higher education, we create opportunities for Clinical Interns to be trained and supervised in Cenpatico’s School Programs. Therapists and Clinical Interns have an opportunity to gain valuable school-based mental health experience, not only within Cenpatico’s School Programs but as partners with charter and public school customers.
In addition to direct assessment and counseling, Therapists identify, create, and facilitate trainings for parents/guardians and school personnel on understanding student diagnoses, the potential impact of medications on learning and behavior, as well as a host of other critical mental health topics. Though the primary clinical focus is always on how to pro-actively address the emotional and behavioral health needs of students so they perform better in school, the team is also available to provide information and referral services, case management, coordination with Child and Family Teams, as well as therapeutic intervention and resolution around crisis situations.