Mental Health/Social-Emotional

Mental Health/Social-Emotional

Trotwood-Madison City Schools is committed to meeting the academic needs of every student, while recognizing that we must meet the needs of the whole student. This is why the district has partnered with Samaritan Behavioral Health to provide mental health services and therapy to students. Once referred, either by a teacher, staff member, and or parent/caregiver, and consent is received, students will be provided top-notch care from licensed, certified mental health specialists. The initial plan is to have one mental health specialist in each building. 

Students grades 1-5, the focus will be:

  1. Skills for Learning: Students gain skills to help them learn how to focus their attention, listen carefully, and be assertive when asking for help with schoolwork. 
  2. Empathy: Students learn to identify and understand their own feelings as well as others. Students also learn how to take another’s perspective and how to show compassion.
  3. Emotion Management:Students obtain specific skills for calming down when experiencing strong feelings such as anxiety and anger. 
  4. Problem Solving: Student acquire a process for solving problems with others in a positive way.

Students grades 6-12, the focus will be:

  1. Mindsets and Values: Students are taught how to develop a growth mindset and apply it to their social and academic lives.
  2. Thoughts, Emotions, and Decisions: Students learn about the relationship between thoughts, emotions, and decisions and calming techniques to use when experiencing strong emotions.
  3. Conflict Resolution: Students practice how to identify, avoid, and resolve serious conflicts and help prevent bullying and harassment.
  4. Friendships: Students gain knowledge of how to use their values to help them make good decisions and build strong friendships. 

Additional services that will be available are:

  • Young Children’s Assessment and Treatment Services (YCATS)- For children            2 ½ to 6 years old who are having behavioral, emotional, or developmental difficulties in a school/childcare setting, or who have never been able to attend a school/childcare setting because of behavioral, emotional, or developmental concerns. This program will take place at The Early Learning Center which has grades PreKindergarten to 1. 
  • Second Step- Currently at Westbrooke Village Elementary and Trotwood-Madison Middle School for students in grades 4-8. Students continue developing their social-emotional skills-including making friends, managing emotions, and solving problems-to set them on the path for social success and academic readiness. 
  • SBIRT-  SBIRT stands for Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment. It is a program currently at Trotwood-Madison High School, for students in grades 9-12. Similar to vision and hearing screenings, it screens students for depression, drugs, and alcohol uses. The screening is at no cost to the parent/caregiver; however, consent is required before the screening can take place. The Brief Intervention consists of providing students with strategies that focus on decreasing depression and use of drugs/alcohol. For students that are higher risks, 2-4 15 minute sessions will be enacted to help the student develop the skills to combat depression and drug/alcohol use. Referral for Treatment is for students that continue to show more serious concerns and are not responding to Brief Intervention. The treatment can be for additional school based services or for mental health assessment for depression and/or drug and alcohol; the method of follow-up is at the parent/caregiver’s discretion. 
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