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Student Emotional Support

The SES program The model is a walk-in clinic type service where students can just drop in, although appointments can be made and referrals by teachers can be also instigated.  The intervention model is time limited Brief Solution Focused Therapy (BSFT) a technique that studies indicate is effective when working with youth (Murphy 1997).  It focuses on what clients want to achieve through therapy rather than on historical problems that made them seek help.  The approach focuses on the past only in order to activate conversations about resources and past successes.  The main focus though is to purposefully activate and focus conversations on the present and future to promote change.  It is a strength based approach and fits with our Christian perspective of restoration through Christ and that he is our strength and shield. 

Scope of Responsibility

The Christian school and the CCC both subscribe to the principle of parental responsibility and involvement of the church.  Another distinguishing feature is maintaining clear boundaries and scope of practice.  In other words the setting for instruction does not become the domain for meeting all of the students' needs, so involvement with students in the area of social or emotional problems is mostly transitional and facilitative in turning these issues back to the family and the family members of the church.  Similarly the setting for professional counselling also does not take over from parents and faith community, but rather seeks to promote and enable change in the primary areas of family and church.

The therapy provided is to:

1. Offer further support to what is offered through informal teacher/student contact and   involvement by the principal's office and guidance. (supplementation)

2. To establish any issues that might constrain the intervention such as current abuse. (safety and protection)

3.  To create a context for being understood and respected (confidentiality and trust)

4.  To identify personal responsibility in making changes along with resources in the family and church community. (inventory of supports)

5.  To encourage proper use of information in terms of risk behaviour and making good choices (consumers of information)

6.  To reduce stigma in relation to emotional confusion and clinical syndromes (non labeling)

7.  To provide bridges to other resources, formal and informal (advocacy and brokerage)

While labeling is something we need to be cautious with the target population is students who suffer from emotional problems that impede functioning in the school and would be presumed to impede functioning in the home and the community.  This would include students who have identified problems, but would also be at risk of developing them if intervention is not available  (prevention)

Current Schools with SES in place: Guido de Bres High school - Hamilton, Immanuel Christian High School - Fergus, Rehoboth Christian School - Copetown

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