ABOUT THE MHC SCHOOL SAFETY PROGRAM (S.S.P.)
Parents expect when they send their children to school, that their children will return home safely after school. The sad reality is that with the rise in school violence, many parents no longer have a sense of safety in the schools. The burden on school personnel has shifted from the already laborious task of education to a much more daunting task of not only teaching students, but having to inadvertently provide mental health services. Unfortunately, despite mental health issues in schools becoming an increasingly problematic issue this shift has not been accompanied by a significant increase in education and training for teachers. Recently escalating high risk issues with violence, bullying, substance abuse, and other challenges surrounding the emotional well-being of students can leave school personnel struggling to provide safe and supportive environments for students while still meeting their educational needs.
The ever increasing demands paired with limited training and resources has left educators feeling frustrated, overwhelmed, and demoralized. Educators often say they feel ill-equipped to meet all of the educational, developmental, and emotional needs of students. This short fall takes a heavy toll on their own emotional and mental wellbeing as well. Fortunately, the Mental Health Center of Florida has trained, caring, and dedicated expert professionals with a wide variety of expertise who are highly skilled in helping educators and school staff recognize warning signs early to identify students who may otherwise fail to be effectively assessed and treated appropriately. We have a training program designed specifically to help educators learns ways to Detect, Refer, and Prevent further tragedies and connect at-risk youth with valuable mental health services.
Our School Safety Program is evidence based and created by expert Psychologists in the mental health field to meet your training needs. It is designed to breach the barriers between educators and mental health professionals, while keeping your educators, staff and students safe. In an effort to unburden the educators, we have created an original and scientifically derived program that allows At-Risk youth to be identified more readily via reliable and valid psychological measures developed specifically for the needs of schools due to the escalation of violence and mental illness in our schools.
Our panel of experts is comprised of Licensed Psychologists specializing in Pediatric and Adolescent Psychology as well as Forensic and Clinical Psychology. These esteemed and seasoned professionals were selected specifically to ensure research and decades of hands on experience come together for a combination that is intended to train your team as succinctly as possible, without creating needless work and time consuming tasks for your school. The goal is to equip your team, protect our students, and bridge the gap in knowledge between mental health/illness, and educators/schools.
THE MHC SCHOOL SAFETY PROGRAM (S.S.P.) OVERVIEW
At the end of each training session with our esteemed experts, your team members will all receive a signed and dated certificate of completion.
- PRE TEST to establish knowledge baseline of school team in Detecting At-Risk Students
- Risk Factors for Mental Illness in Children/Adolescents
- Identifying Subtle and Overt Symptoms of Mental Illness or Troubled Students
- What Does This All Mean and Why Is It Significant? (Discussion)
- Clinical Presentation Differences Among Different Age Groups for Conduct Disorder
- Teacher Interventions and Addressing Teacher Concerns
- Review MHC Developed Risk Inventory (assessment) for Youth
- Complete Post Test
- Assemble Your School’s Task Force
- Task Force Action
- Treating the Adolescent Post Task Force Referral
MEET THE EXPERTS
Our esteemed panel of experts each bring their own education, experience, innovation, and research tools for a perfect blend of seasoned experience.
LEARN MORE ABOUT EACH EXPERT HERE.