Quality Education in the Benedictine Tradition
Donna A. KeanExecutive Director of Prevention ProjectsPhone: 724-805-2050Fax: 724-539-1710
KidSuccessThe KidSuccess program offers an Intervention Specialist based in a school to provide group and individual support to students referred through the school’s Elementary Student Assistance Program (ESAP). Participation is voluntary and parental permission is required. The Intervention Specialist serves as an active member of the ESAP Team, and provides referral and follow-up with families and community programs. The specialist works in a supportive and non-duplicative manner with the school guidance program and ESAP liaison. KidSuccess has adapted the components of the research-based program Project Success to meet the needs of elementary students and schools.
Curricular Education Group Programs Kids Can Cope, 6T’s, and 3-2-1 Countdown for grades 3-6, are available for cross sections of students in all schools. They incorporate coping skills, decision-making skills, and social skills in an 8-week curriculum format, which includes activities, videos, and discussions. Groups meet eight times and consist of six to eight members at appropriate grade levels. Group membership is voluntary and parental permission is required.
Focused Topic Skill Building and Support Groups These groups are offered where an elementary Intervention Specialist is providing contracted intervention services. These groups are designed to enhance resiliency and interpersonal skills that will enable children to manage stressful situations by using positive, healthy techniques. Topics include anger management, diverse families, friendship, self-awareness, stress management, divorce, grief/loss, organization skills, and healthy choices. Group membership is voluntary and parental permission is required.
Project Success This program is recognized by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention as an evidence-based model program. An Intervention Specialist is based in a school to provide group and individual support to Student Assistance Program (SAP) referred students, to become an active member of the Student Assistance Team, and refer and follow-up with families and community programs. The specialist works in a supportive and non-duplicative manner with the school guidance program and SAP liaison. Participation is voluntary and parental permission is required.
TeenS Group Programs These programs are curricular and focus group programs act as a source of support and education for students at large whose needs have not risen to the clinical intervention level. They also serve as a source for further evaluation of students whose issues are impacting success at school. Group membership is voluntary and parental permission is required. The program includes eight weekly meetings, using a rotating period schedule. Both open and closed group formats are available and consultation to SAP teams, liaisons, school personnel, parents, and students can be provided as needed. Co-facilitation by school personnel is available by prior arrangement.
Tobacco Cessation Programs (Evidence-Based) Staff provides three school-based youth programs serving both volunteer quitters and disciplinary referrals. These include Not On Tobacco (N-O-T), NOT Boosters, and Alternative to Suspension (ATS N-O-T). The Freedom From Smoking adult cessation program is available to faculty and staff in education facilities, as well as for college students.