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:
These services are explained in more detail below:
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.
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:
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 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:
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:
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.
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.