There are a wide range of programs and services that may be useful and appropriate for your student’s needs. Cloverlea Consulting will evaluate with you the variables at play, historical data, areas of success and challenge, and the level of urgency. Based on this process a variety of options not limited to the categories below may be determined relevant to your circumstances.
Home Based Options:
Home based services amount to mechanisms and interventions that are utilized in conjunction with traditional public or local day school efforts while your student remains at home. Cloverlea Consulting will review with you the current home based services and identify strengths and needs. Possible examples include individual tutoring, after school programs, day programs, and the following services articulated below: Individual Therapy, Family Therapy, Tutoring, After School Services, and Mentorship.
Individual therapy is a form of therapy in which the client is treated on a one-on-one basis with a therapist. The most popular form of therapy, individual therapy may encompass many different treatment styles including psychoanalysis and cognitive-behavioral therapy
Family therapy, also referred to as couple’s or marriage and family therapy, family systems therapy, and family counseling, is a branch of psychotherapy that works with families and couples in intimate relationships to nurture change and development.
An academic tutor is a person who provides assistance or tutelage to one or more people on certain subject areas or skills. The tutor spends a few hours on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis to transfer their expertise on the topic or skill to the student.
After School Support/Structure:
After-school programs started in the early 1900’s mainly just as supervision of students after the final school bell. Today after-school programs do much more. While there is a focus on helping students with schoolwork these programs can also be beneficial to students in other ways such as team building, social skills development, vocational skills development, and arts and culture opportunities for example. Many after school programs offer interesting clubs and group topics as appendages to traditional school learning.
Mentorship is a relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. The mentor may be older or younger than the person being mentored, but he or she must have a certain area of expertise and this is often a relationships that serves the individual socially and vocationally more than academically.
If there is a risk of harm to self or others, it may be prudent to seek inpatient services as a preliminary step. Cloverlea Consulting can assist in making this referral and follow through with inpatient providers to support transition planning. Inpatient treatment is a short term emergency assessment and stabilization option- additional follow up services will likely be required.
Diagnosed substance abuse disorders (alcohol, marijuana, pills, other) occur when a person’s use habits lead to health issues, legal troubles, problems at home, school and/or work, and failing relationships. Concomitant factors such as anxiety, depression, attention deficit disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, emotional stress, and low self- esteem may lead to substance use disorders. In these cases, it may be prudent to prioritize substance abuse treatment before additional supportive services are recommended.
Wilderness programs serve population specific groups (male, female, early teen, mid/late teen, young adult) and are designed to eliminate “distractive” factors that inhibit one’s ability to “get in touch with themselves.” Examples include day to day, social, tech and media, dysfunctional school circumstances, discord in the home, poor family relationships, maladaptive friendships, substance use. There are a wide variety of wilderness therapy programs to choose from. It is critical that the right one is chosen for your child. Cloverlea Consulting will hone in on the treatment needs of your child and identify the best fit. Programs are clinically sophisticated, offering individual and family therapy, group work, and character-building exercises that lend to improved self-esteem, increased self-awareness, and more consistent responsibility among participants. Wilderness programs are a very beneficial way to stop the cycle, generate focus, and gear up for successful transition planning. Average length of stay is approximately 8-10 weeks.
Residential Treatment Programming:
RTC’s are considered the most structured and clinically sophisticated program options (aside from inpatient). Programs operate with a close staff/student ratio and offer specific group work as a central premise to the milieu as well as individual and family therapy work, supportive educational programming, and experiential endeavors. Parents will have scheduled visits at the program and then at home based on student progress. Average length of stay ranges from 9-12 months.
Therapeutic Boarding School:
Therapeutic Boarding Schools are an excellent option for students who are at the very least open to change, yet experience struggles academically, socially, and emotionally. These programs typically operate on a traditional school schedule with specific annual calendar including extracurricular opportunities, athletics, vacations, onsite events for families, and special trips. These programs fuse qualities of traditional boarding school with therapeutic elements and structures deemed necessary for teens who struggle to develop without support. Offering a small milieu, onsite individual, group, and family therapy, as well as a supportive approach oriented towards achievement, therapeutic boarding schools are an excellent option for students who require therapeutic support in a less intensive environment. Each program will offer credit bearing academic programming that is transferable.
Young Adult Program:
Young Adult programs are specifically designed to support persons aged 18-30 who have struggled to launch, exhibit lack of motivation and skill, and may show signs of social immaturity in their adult life. These programs will focus on social emotional development with age appropriate mechanisms such as vocational development, educational advancements to and through college, and independent living skills. Programs in this category range from residential models to community based (apartment living) and scaled therapeutic, supervisory, and mentorship levels of service as needed.
Learning Disability School:
LD schools give attention to matters that are otherwise sidelined at best in mainstream educational systems. These day and boarding school programs are typically operating with a close staff to student ratio and provide specialized attention for students with learning issues that have historically inhibited them from achieving the full potential academically, socially, and emotionally. Examples may include cognitive disabilities, auditory processing issues, autism spectrum, nonverbal learning disorder, and language- based learning disabilities.
Supportive day and boarding schools are generally smaller schools that offer support in the way of philosophical and academic frameworks such as social pragmatics, executive functioning, and identified social and learning challenges. These schools are designed to address more specific learning difficulties and or social challenges that have historically interfered with a student’s learning in a more traditional milieu. These school will ascertain historical educational narratives and devise specific educational plans to assure that identified needs are adequately addressed.
Boarding School and College:
Cloverlea Consulting will gladly remain connected and supportive to you and your family as you seek to pursue more traditional educational opportunities following supportive therapeutic interventions. In fact, our acute knowledge and engagement with you and your family will prove to be exceptionally valuable to determining the best most productive next steps in the educational journey. We will provide support in identifying the best traditional high school or college options specific to the current needs and capabilities of your student.