Saturday, October 21, 2017

Mental/Behavioral Health Services 

Educating U4 Life has developed effective wrap around services designed to train and teach principles for effective living, for students and their families, identified with mental health/behavioral disorders.

Students with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD) face significant challenges in the classroom. Researcher Kathleen Lynne Lane has noted that students with EBD are often characterized by disruptive social behaviors and exhibit poorer attendance rates, higher drop-out rates, and higher rates of grade retention “than any other disability category.”

The Council for Exceptional Children, which advocates for effective policies and standards related to the education of disabled and gifted children, further notes that:

Students with EBD often display characteristics that do not support success in or out of school. They may not be able to maintain appropriate social relationships with others; they may have academic difficulties in multiple content areas; and they may display chronic behavior problems, including noncompliance, aggression, and disrespect toward authority figures.

Overview of Services

Brief Intervention

The primary goal of the Brief Intervention Program is to promote abstinence of drugs/alcohol and prevent relapse among chemical-using and delinquent youth. This four-session Brief Intervention (BI) program for Adolescent Alcohol and Drug Use, was developed by Ken Winters, Ph.D., at the University of Minnesota for youth with mild-to-moderate substance use. This program utilizes the principles of motivational interviewing to raise awareness of the youth’s problems, offering a number of strategies for accomplishing the targeted goals, and placing responsibility for change with the youth. Brief intervention is designed to diminish factors contributing to drug use and promote factors that protect against relapse.

TARGET POPULATION:

Youth who are eligible for brief intervention services must meet the following criteria:

  • Male and female between the ages of 10-18 at the time of referral
  • Youth must reside in Wayne County or surrounding areas
  • Youth must score between 23 and 54 on the Personal Experience Screening Questionnaire (PESQ) or have documented rationale for an override of this restriction
  • Youth must have been referred by DPS, insurance companies, social service agency, community agency, individual family, or committed an alleged crime, been adjudicated for a crime or under the supervision of Wayne County and surrounding counties Juvenile Probation.

Health and Behavior Assessment/Intervention

Health and behavior assessment/intervention procedures are used to identify/modify the psychological, behavioral, emotional, cognitive, and social factors directly affecting the clients physiological functioning, health and well-being.

Behavioral therapy is an umbrella term for types of therapy that treat mental health disorders. This form of therapy seeks to identify and help change potentially self-destructive or unhealthy behaviors. It functions on the idea that all behaviors are learned and that unhealthy behaviors can be changed. The focus of treatment is often on current problems and how to change them.

Behavioral therapy can benefit people with a wide range of disorders:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • panic disorders
  • anger issues

It can also help treat conditions and disorders such as:

  • eating disorders
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • bipolar disorder
  • ADHD
  • phobias, including social phobias
  • obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • self-harm • substance abuse