The K-5 EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAM SCHOOL-BASED FAMILY CRISIS THERAPISTS Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health Services
HISTORY • House Bill (HB) 247 was passed by the 137th General Assembly and signed into law by then Governor Carper (1994) • The purpose for passing the HB was to provide intervention services for students whose behavior problems impede the learning process • 9 Family Crisis Therapists were hired in 1996 • We currently have 53 Family Crisis Therapists
DPBHS VISION • Resilient Children and Families Living in Supportive Communities.
PROGRAM GOALS • Help children acquire the skills that are needed to be successful academically, socially and behaviorally • Enhance collaborative activities between the DSCYF, school districts and the surrounding community
STAKEHOLDERS • Delaware’s Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families – provides staffing • Delaware's Department of Education-provides consultation • School Districts (14) and Charter Schools (5) One Family Crisis Therapist is assigned to each school
PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY • Program services are provided to students in grades K through 5 and their families • Students are referred through the Student Intervention Team (comprised of Principals, Family Crisis Therapists, counselors, teachers, school psychologists, and nurses), as well as parents
PROBLEMS ADDRESSED • Disruptive classroom behaviors (calling out, hyperactivity, non-compliance) • Lack of family resources • Inappropriate coping skills • Lack of social skills
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF FCT • Provide crisis and behavior intervention • Support students and encourage active participation in the learning process • Provide a holistic approach to counseling • Link the students and families to community programs and resources • Provide quick response when a caseload student’s behavior disrupts the teaching process
Roles and Responsibilities of FCT-continued • Participate on the SIT team • Provide home based interventions • Develop and monitor case plans • Monitor transition plans for students returning to the classroom • Provide parent skills training • Provide summer follow up
TRAINING(included) • Family Emergency Preparedness • Resource Round Up • Triple P Positive Parenting Program • Maintaining Professional Boundaries • Child Abuse and Neglect Training • DPBHS Consultation Process • UCLA Assessment Instrument-PTSD • Working with Teacher around “ADHD” • Childhood Obesity • DTI Computer Security Training
Parents and teachers speak out • A review of 824 Parent Early Intervention Program Case Closure Surveys and 843 Teacher Early Intervention Program Case Closure Surveys from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013 completed by teachers and parents respectively, indicated that the K-5 Early Intervention Program has positively impacted students and their families.
Teachers Speak Out • 93% of teachers were satisfied with the improvements in the student’s behavior(s) for which the student was referred to the Early Intervention Program • 98% of teachers found the Early Intervention Program’s FCT useful in helping them deal with disruptive behaviors in their classroom. • 98% of teachers found the EI program’s FCT useful in helping them involve and work with parents to reduce the student’s behavior concerns • 99% of teachers would recommend the Early Intervention Program to other teachers or schools
Parents Speak Out • 95% of parents were satisfied with the improvements in the behavior(s) for which their child was referred to the Early Intervention Program • 97% of parents found the EI program useful in helping them cope with their child’s negative behaviors. • 96% of parents found the program useful in helping them work with their child’s teacher and school • 97% of parents would recommend the program to others.
2012-2013 School Year Data • We received 740 referrals for the Early Intervention Program • We conducted 8484 home visits • We conducted 6430 office visits • 66% of our referrals were male students • 34% of our referrals were female students
CASELOAD SIZE • 1 FCT – 15 to 20 cases (families), including identified child, parents, and siblings
HOW MANY FCTS? • Currently, we have 53 Family Crisis Therapists in 53 schools, 14 school districts, and 5 charter schools statewide.
EARLY INTERVENTION SCHOOL DISTRICTS & CHARTER SCHOOLS IN DELAWARE *Brandywine Red Clay Consolidated * * East Side Charter School Christina* * Thomas Edison Charter School Kuumba Academy * Gateway Lab* • *Colonial • *Reach Academy for Girls *Appoquinimink *Capital *Caesar Rodney * Lake Forest Woodbridge * * Milford * Cape Henlopen Seaford * Laurel * * Indian River