Now more than ever, today’s youth are faced with a variety of difficult situations that can negatively affect their mental health, such as abuse, poverty, bullying, neglect, dating violence and more.
The Wooster City School District (WCSD), in partnership with The Village Network (TVN), provides a number of services and supports throughout the school year to help students who may be struggling socially and emotionally.
The district offers three school psychologists who work to meet students’ behavioral health and learning needs in a collaborative manner with educators and parents. WCSD also provides 10 school-based counselors who provide academic, career, college access/affordability/admission, and social-emotional support to all students.
To further enhance its mental health support services, WCSD also contracts with TVN to provide three full-time licensed clinical therapists. Wooster High School, Edgewood Middle School and Cornerstone Elementary each have one full-time therapist from TVN during the school day who collaborate closely with the school-based counselors and administrators.
TVN also assisted the district in creating a Threat Assessment Protocol for students in crisis who may be a threat to themselves or others. The protocol involves a team approach and has been successful in helping students in need.
WCSD also partners with TVN for an after-school program for at-risk students. During the school year, these students are transported to TVN after school several days a week.
“Our goal is to work in partnership with the school, students and their families to improve their overall mental health and behavioral functioning as evidenced by an increase in the academic achievement of the student, a decrease in truancy and tardiness, and a reduction in school suspension, risky behaviors and class disruptions,” said Richard Graziano, president and CEO, The Village Network. “Working with the Wooster City School District has provided positive results for the functioning of the youth we care for not only in school, but also in the community and at home.”
“If students are struggling socially and emotionally, it makes it difficult for them to learn,” said Director of Secondary Education, Rich Leone. “It is a priority of the Wooster City School District to support our students’ emotional, behavioral and mental health. Partnering with The Village Network has allowed us to provide additional services and supports to meet the needs of all our students.”
ABOUT THE WOOSTER CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Entering its 170th year, The Wooster City School District inspires world-class academic achievement through 21st century college and career preparedness, creating global awareness, fostering critical thinking, and advancing financial and technological literacy. For the 2018-2019 school year, the district will educate 3,900 students with 500 employees at their seven school sites. For more information, please visit www.woostercityschools.org.
ABOUT THE VILLAGE NETWORK
Since 1946, The Village Network has been a leader in caring for at-risk youth and their families in Ohio and West Virginia. The Village Network is nationally recognized as a quality care provider, licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Certified by the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services, accredited by the Council of Accreditation and is a flagship partner with NMT (Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics) childtrauma.org. Our premiere treatment plans paired with compassionate care create opportunities for our clients to experience healing from their individual traumas and improve their behavioral, physical and emotional health. All our services contribute to our mission to empower youth and their families to build brighter futures.
This past school year The Village Network, in partnership with the Dr. Bruce Perry and the Child Trauma Academy, trained 7 Cornerstone Elementary teachers in the Neurosequential Model in Education (NME). The NME framework takes the neurosciences and helps teachers and students understand how stress, particularly how it affects their ability to teach and learn. With the NME, teachers learn how to calm their student’s stress response system allowing their students to learn and retain new material.