School Based Services

Professional Psychiatric Services is uniquely staffed to provide a comprehensive range of mental health services to school aged children, whether they are currently in or out of school.  Our school based services include the following:

  • Consultations
  • Workshops
  • Functional behavioral assessments (FBAs) and  behavioral intervention plans (BIPs)
  • Psychological and psychoeducational evaluations
  • Accommodations for Section 504 Plans
  • Participation in individual education planning meetings
  • Risk management evaluations for students who wish to return to school

These services are explained in more detail below:

Consultations

We consult with school staff on the wide variety of mental health and information processing issues that arise in K-12 classrooms.  Typical questions include how to best meet the needs of children with pervasive developmental disorders (on the spectrum), how to work with children with anger issues and defiant behaviors, and how to manage students with school anxiety.

Workshops

We conduct workshops on topics ranging from nonverbal learning disorders to spotting substance abuse issues in students.  Workshops can last from an hour to a full day, depending on the needs of school or school system.  We routinely provide workshops on the following topics:

  • Conducting and writing a functional behavioral analysis (FBA).
  • Using the data in an FBA to develop a behavioral intervention plan (BIP)
  • Managing stress for teachers
  • Assessing  elements of risk for potential violence
  • Examining nonverbal learning disorders and observing their presentations as children progress through school
  • Addressing the causes of impaired attention other than ADD and ADHD
  • Exploring issues of reactive attachment and how they manifest themselves in the classroom
  • Dealing with deficits in executive functioning—beyond ADHD
  • Managing difficult parents

We frequently design new workshops upon demand.  Please call if you have specific ideas that would lend themselves well to a workshop approach.

Functional Behavioral Assessments and Behavioral Intervention Plans

Professional Psychiatric Services provides highly trained staff to create functional behavioral assessments (FBAs) and behavioral intervention plans (BIPs).   Optimally, this service involves the following steps:

  • We conduct a records review to evaluate the development of the problematic behaviors.
  • We interview the parents and appropriate school staff.
  • We observe the student in various school settings to obtain measurable data regarding the problematic behavior, that is, its antecedents and consequences.  We identify the purpose the problematic behavior serves for the student.
  • We use this diagnostic information to develop a behavioral intervention plan that helps reshape the student’s behaviors.

We pride ourselves on the ability to develop interventions that are practical to implement in the classroom.

Psychological and Psychoeducational Evaluations

Typically, schools seek our services in this area for one of the following reasons:

  • An initial independent clinical psychological evaluation, along with a diagnosis, is desired.
  • The school psychologist has conducted an evaluation, and the parents have requested a second opinion.
  • The school psychologist does not have time to complete the evaluation within the mandatory time frame.

A complete psychological evaluation includes the following steps, but if budgetary or time constraints require it, we will work with the school to obtain a satisfactory evaluation while by omitting certain steps:

  1. Clarifying with referral source the nature of the concern and determining the timeframe for submission of the final report.
  2. Completing a records review.  This step is usually performed where the students paperwork is kept.
  3. Observing the student in the classroom and in other relevant settings such as lunch or recess.
  4. Interviewing the parent(s) or guardian either by phone or in person.
  5. Obtaining behavior rating scales from relevant school staff or one or both parents.
  6. Testing the child.  Testing requires one or two sessions depending on the capacities of the child and the nature of the testing.  E testing is conducted at school, but it can also be in our offices.  Occasionally, we use home visits if the parent(s) are agreeable and the home affords adequate testing space.
  7. Interpreting the data, formulating recommendations, and creating a report.  Submission of the report to the appropriate school office is within two weeks of completion of data collection, which includes records, test results, and behavioral inventories.
  8. Finally, if desired, our psychologist attends a team meeting with the school to discuss the results and implications of the evaluation.

Participation in Team Planning Meetings

If desired, when the child’s educational needs involve information processing issues, behavioral challenges, or mental health issues, our staff will attend team planning meetings to serve as a resource in planning to meet the child’s needs.

Risk Management Evaluations

On occasion, schools must suspend youths for making clear threats to another student, a staff member, or to the school body in general.  When such a suspension happens, the need for an evaluation becomes urgent because the staff must decide whether the student may safely return to campus. Professional Psychiatric Services has expertise in these evaluations, and we are staffed to provide quick turn around on this type of request.

Beyond School

In addition to school based services, we provide service to students whose needs extend beyond basic special education support.  Our psychiatrists and therapists have expertise working with students in outpatient clinics as well as in the school setting.  Further, we have expertise in treating students with substance abuse issues and working with the families of the affected students.

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