As many of you know, Sage Day provides in-district therapeutic services to districts who want to help better serve their students in-district, prevent out of district placements, and to help return students back to district who are ready to do so. In speaking to a Director the other day about our services, he asked the question –
Why can’t I just hire another CST member; what does having a Sage therapist on site provide that is different from a school counselor or child study team member?
Six benefits to having an on site Sage therapist:
1. Our job is focused on the therapeutic services and is therefore specialized to provide preventative and restorative early intervention.. The school counselor/cst member has many non-clinical duties and heavy caseload responsibilities therefore he or she is less available for or focused on treatment. CST members do not have the time and may not have the specific depth of clinical training to meet the needs of the students that allow them to remain in or return to district.
2. Because the cases seen by the therapists are very complex, well-trained and supervised therapists are imperative; the therapist is just part of the services. The Sage Director provides clinical supervision. The Director has 25 years of clinical experience, 16 of which are involved directly in therapeutic school interventions. Sage brings a level of support, specialization and level of supervision that is not available in the typical school structure.
3. Sage is responsible for hiring the clinicians and overseeing all aspects of the interventions.
4. Therapy sessions can be scheduled 1-3 times per week. This differs from the typical approach to school counseling which can be more crisis intervention or “as needed.” Our interventions are scheduled and consistent providing the students the opportunity to work through issues prior to a conflict. In addition, we are available to respond to and process a crisis more immediately. This allows for quicker recovery time and return to learning.
5. We are present to deal with crisis situations and are available to make determination for a higher level of need (psychiatric/suicide screening)
6. Our hours are flexible and allow for family therapy sessions during non-school hours.
The therapeutic relationship is powerful and having a consistent presence that allows the student a place to check in and gain support is imperative. Sometimes just a few minutes of contact with the therapist goes a long way in helping a student maintain functioning in school.