Why Should My School or District Collaborate with FCCS? Levels of Functioning
Public schools are open to all students regardless of history, family of origin, mental health diagnosis and/or history of abuse. That means that your school or district could have students who have attributes of ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, ODD or other DMS specifiers.
Statistics say most are untreated.
Untreated mental, emotional and social concerns can lead to:
- poor academic performance - negative behaviors that disrupt the learning of other students - decreased attendance rates - classroom and school tension - poor school climate - teacher and staff burnout Avoiding Treatment
Families may avoid seeking counseling services due to:
- lack of transportation - misunderstanding or mistrust regarding therapeutic services - cultural differences and/or - stigma associated with receiving mental health services
Schools' Priority Dilemma
Limited educational funding and regular budget cuts, combined with greater performance standards can mean that attendance and academic achievements often have to take precedence over attention to students' social and emotional growth.
Site-based Psychologists often do not have the time or resources to meet the demands of each student at the school.
Traditionally, behavioral interventions have focused on school or family, but not both- leaving a gap in continuity of services, treatment and effectiveness.
SBFC is Inclusive
Families who might normally “fall through the cracks” can be introduced to helpful mental health interventions and case management via non-threatening School Based Family Counseling (SBFC).
SBFC can positively impact:
- involvement with the school - attitudes about education - school attendance - academic success - cooperative behaviors - overall family functioning
Families are invited into a success team consisting of school staff, School Counselor, SBFC Provider, and other people who may be helpful in assisting the child to reach established goals.
FCCS provides evidence-based, trauma-informed, strengths-based, culturally sensitive mental health interventions, helping students overcome barriers to academic success.
Linking families to mental health services via the school campus is an effective method to improve upon socio-emotional obstacles to education.
FCCS collaborates with the school and the family regarding student success.
Students are provided with services during Specials whenever possible, to avoid interfering with academic time.
Let's Join Forces We have a united goal of preventing the need for more targeted and time-intensive interventions. Find out more about SBFC services that can be offered as part of your comprehensive PBIS program.
FCCS is directed by Melinda Haynes, MA, California LMFT 102308. Oklahoma LMFT 1153. North Carolina LMFT 2143.