Below is a list of our most frequently used services/programs by school districts. All of our services are modeled on research and evidence-based programs. Upon receiving a referral for services, SSMV staff will determine which service is most appropriate for the student. This also includes our more intensive Diversion Services.
If there is a service or program that is not on the list below you want let us know. Our services can be tailored to meet your school district needs.
Level 1: School Wide Awareness Projects/Education
- Tolerance and bully prevention
- Proactive/pro-social activities specific to respect and school community connectedness
- Ongoing whole school activities (at lunch & assemblies)
Level 2: Targeted Small Group Activities
- Perpetrators or Offenders – after/before school groups begin with Anger Management, move to Connections group, and then graduate to Reconnections group
- Victim – empowerment group offered after school, before school or during lunch
- Parent/school liaison – could be included for both bully and victim
Check In Check Out (CICO)
This is a short-term monitoring program to address specific behavior issues in school by redirecting, reminding, and reinforcing positive behavior from our staff. This program is appropriate for 3rd-12th graders. This is an individualized program that can include a variety of interactions such as:
- Greeting a student in the morning and address issues before going into the classroom
- Helping with organization skills
- Checking to see if assignments are completed
- Helping with accessing school activities and services
- Provide support during the school day as needed
- Teach and reinforce social skills as well as building self-esteem
The program will be tailored to address the specific concerns of the student.
Crisis Intervention Support
Provides de-escalation techniques that are used at various stages during a crisis including behavior management and physical safety interventions. We have in house trainers who train all our staff in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention through Cornell University.
Family Conflict Resolution
Family conflict has a great influence on the success of the student in school. Often misunderstandings, not listening to each other, and making assumptions starts with a small disagreement which can quickly escalate. But it does not have to. Many families have welcomed our support and suggestions to alleviate conflict, frustration, and resentments in a family. We (SSMV staff) use the same principals of mediation but instead work with the whole family (if appropriate). This program has helped students get enough sleep, get to school on time, get homework done, be ready to learn, and many other successes. This program is typically a one-time intervention with one or two follow up contacts with the family.
Grief and Loss Support
Children need a voice for their grief and opportunities to express themselves in healthy ways. Grief and loss can come in many forms, being death of a person or animal, divorce, someone moving away, parent in custody, terminal illness of a loved one, or any circumstances, which causes sadness to interfere with normal daily activities of the student. We train our staff in skills used by HOSPICE and Child Life Specialists to be a supportive listener, provide the opportunity to give the student a voice to heal their grief in healthy and/or creative ways, share memories and feelings, and to provide a comforting presence/space. We support students, families and school staff experiencing loss. We offer this service in small groups or individually. The program typically has 10 sessions. Groups target students in 3rd-12 graders. We offer this program for younger students on an individual basis.
This program is designed to divert youth from escalating volatile situations that have the potential to result in a suspension, expulsion, or an arrest. The program identifies youth who may already have been involved in peer conflicts, fights, or are currently involved in disagreements that may end up in a physical altercation and encourages them to voluntarily participate in a mediation. Our staff are trained in mediation skills and techniques. Through the mediation process students learn to build positive peer relationships, respect other points of view, positive communication, and active listening techniques, and to solve conflicts compassionately and peacefully. If there is a power dynamic between the student such as age, bullying or a fight resulting in injuries, a mediation may not be appropriate, and we will use another service to address the concern. This program is appropriate for 3rd-12th graders.
Mentoring is a development strategy for a youth's successful path to adulthood. We (SSMV staff) work with the student to build a positive and supportive relationship by offering guidance, support, and encouragement to cultivate the youth's positive and healthy development. This is a prevention service to address minor concerns that if not addressed could lead to more serious consequences. We teach social skills, coping strategies, positive self-esteem, resiliency, and how to self-regulate in stressful situations. This program is appropriate for students in kindergarten -12th grades.
Pro-Social Skills Groups
This program uses evidence- and research-based models to create topics and activities. Groups focus on improving and obtaining social skills through shared discussion, games, role-playing, journal writing and recreational activities. A variety of skills are taught and reinforced, such as the following:
- Recognizing, identifying and naming feelings
- Active listening
- What to do when you are angry
- Being a team player
- How to be fair
- How to get along with others
- Making and keeping friends—positive peer relationships
- Effective communication
- Empathy, honesty, and respect
- Leadership and responsibility
- Positive Self-Esteem
The skills learned offer alternatives to violence or negative behavior and promote positive problem solving and choices. Typically, the groups meet once per week for 8-10 weeks. Appropriate for students in grader 2nd-12th. If a student is not appropriate for a group they will be put into our mentoring program.
This program works with students who have difficulty implementing social skills and act out inappropriately to negative feelings. These students may lack the ability to identify emotions and/or control emotions such as anger, disappointment and frustration and that aggression can lead to discipline issues. This service helps students learn to develop, practice, and demonstrate positive skills to address feelings of anger, frustration, and resentment so that they succeed in the classroom and school. The program focuses on three core elements helping students:
- Use their abilities and strengths to address their anger before it escalates
- Learn to recognize their triggers for conflict
- Examine bailout strategy's suitable for the individual
This program provides structures to aid students in making changes in destructive patterns that are disruptive to themselves and those around them. It also promotes self-management/regulation skills and teaches students to develop motivation for change and self-empowerment. Research has shown that positive relationships with peers, teachers and families improves self-esteem and academic success. The program has 10 sessions and appropriate for students in 3rd-12th grades.
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