Twenty years of “Real World” Stuff
Student Assistance Program
Two decades ago, a Student Intervention program (IMPACT) was introduced to Idaho educators by the Comprehensive Care/Care Unit Company. State administrators and School employees participated in training to recognize the needs and the benefits of school Interventions.
As a result, some school districts developed programs and policies designed to provide student interventions. These would occur when Student Attitudes, Attendance, Achievement or Behaviors changed dramatically. These changes were normally destructive and caused by “something” — to be determined.
Some schools worked with iMResponsible.com to develop processes and policies that provide effective solutions. Environments were established that allow Interventions to occur as efficiently and smoothly as possible. 20 years later, these schools are still providing effective Interventions for their students. The results have been addictive. Click on icon below for a one page summary of program ingredients.
The iMR Intervention process – rules in – or rules out – Alcohol/Drug issues and provides psychological screening for “dual diagnosis” consideration. Depression, Anxiety, Anger and Cognitive Issues are assessed – which is critical to comprehensive diagnosis of SUD problems. Current addiction to drugs that are downers or uppers will influence DSM disorder analysis. If SUD and/or MH issues are diagnosed, appropriate plans are established to improve behaviors. If these issues are ruled out, other steps can be taken – as appropriate.
Student and Family issues with Diagnostic Results are virtually eliminated. They are presented with 15 individual scales that support the results. Student and Family review results and individual responses to each question. Objective + Validated results are accepted.
Analysis of the results of these Intervention processes have documented: (1) reduced student violations and (2) improved attendance for some of the participants. Post Intervention results should be consistently analyzed; but, other new “movements” tend to keep administrators’ hot buttons busy with other creations. Suicide, Opioids, Bullying, Tobacco and Mental Health, etc. issues are but a few of these.
Considering attendance reimbursement realities and administrative costs associated with destructive student actions, a case can be made that Interventions result in a significant positive financial return on investment.
Twenty years of association with school counselors, administrators and education boards has resulted in a personal perspective that indicates: there are too many school balls in the air – all the time. In Idaho, a standard student attendance day is 4 hours. Considering the variety of things that can influence these four hours of study, it would seem that a focus on the KISS principal is in order. This means fewer, simpler processes are needed – not more and more new ones. This KISS perspective has been molded into our efficient iMR Student Assistance Program.
Teachers have the unique ability to observe the personal characteristics of students over a consistent period of time. When significant changes in behaviors are noticed, it is the result of SOMETHING. The ability to handle these circumstances in a fluid and objective manner will provide solutions that will save lives. Saving lives should be up at the top of Educational priorities.
All Interventions are beneficial. Some change behaviors immediately and others provide a package of evidence that makes future needed changes – more likely.
Other than trying to convince our populace that we should learn lessons from history so as not to repeat them, I can think of no other educational option that will be remembered by all participants and will save lives.
We are hopeful that some school administrators and supporting staff members will take the time to reflect on student improvement options – and – conclude that all gets better when students feel better about themselves.
Check the Ingredients of the iMR Student Assistance Program and incorporate these, easy to manage, solutions into your educational package. Adopting these live saving processes will not reduce attendance and learning time – they will enhance them.
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