Stein Counseling developed this innovative and cutting edge program. It is the first one of it’s kind in the country in partnership with the Onalaska School District in Wisconsin. Modeled on the traditional EAP program, we have developed a step wise process and system to help remove mental health barriers to academic success. Began in 2011, the program continues to grow and develop, research outcomes, and expand into the middle school and elementary schools.
Do you know a Student showing any of the following behaviors?
- Sudden or ongoing drop in grades
- Changing friends or no longer spending time with old friends
- Withdrawing from family, friends or school
- Unexplained physical injuries
- Acting aggressively
- Defying authority, either at home or at school
- Talking about suicide
- Experimenting with drugs or alcohol
- Talk about harming others
Students come to the Student Assistance Program™ (SAP in remainder of text) team in different ways. Anyone can refer a student to the Student Assistance Program™. Some students are referred by teachers or other school staff. Also a student’s friend or family can let the SAP team know they are concerned about a student. The student themselves can also go directly to the SAP team to ask for help. It is important for you to know however, the SAP team will not become involved unless we receive parental permission.
The SAP team comprised of school staff and Stein Counseling employees will request that you sign appropriate paperwork for your child to become involved in this program after the initial conversation. Once you sign the forms, the SAP team will begin to work with you and your student. If you feel you need more information before making a decision, please let your school guidance counselor know.
After the paperwork is completed, your student will be seen child at the school by a licensed professional counselor from Stein Counseling. Stein staff is able to talk with your child and develop a plan utilizing 3 to 5 sessions. Following those 3 to 5 sessions, the SAP team will recommend other resources if needed. If necessary, the SAP team will talk to you about various services in your community.
Remember it is our goal to help remove the barriers that impact your child’s learning abilities. Together we can do just that!