The Resilience Project offers services and diverse programming for schools, parents, children and adolescents to help support the emotional well-being of youth and families.
- Student Support Team: Each high school has an assigned student support team comprised of a child/adolescent psychiatrist and social worker from Newton-Wellesley Hospital. These trained professionals participate in high school site visits at least twice each academic year, during which time they meet with select school personnel, including principals, guidance counselors, teachers, special education teachers, behavioral specialists and other key staff, to provide consultation and discuss site-specific and student-specific concerns.
- In-Service Sessions: At least once each academic year, The Resilience Project can provide in-service professional development programming on relevant youth mental health issues for school faculty and staff. Programming could include but are not limited to lectures, small-group trainings and consultations on specific school programs. Examples of possible use of in-service time include:
- Supporting substance abuse education
- Helping students re-integrate after psychiatric hospitalization
- Enhancing support for LGBTQ youth
- Building programs for school-refusing students
- Helping develop resiliency programs
- Annual Educational Summit: Every October, The Resilience Project hosts an annual summit for school personnel and community partners to learn from one another about specific school innovations, best practices and future directions. The Summit is an opportunity for education, networking and advocacy for needed system-wide changes to support and improve student well-being.
- Partnership with PTOs: At least once each academic year, through partnership with each high school’s PTO, The Resilience Project can provide educational sessions for students and/or parents customized around each school’s needs and interests. Programming could include, but is not limited to educational talks, Q&A and skill-building sessions. Examples of topics include:
- Transitioning to High School (or College)
- Building Resilience in Our Families
- Managing Screen Time and Social Media
- Setting Limits Effectively and Calmly
- Parents Program: The Parents Program centers on weekly educational and skill-building sessions in a small group setting. These sessions will provide a deeper and more personalized resource on many of the same topics we address in the larger PTO talks. The Program will be open to all parents in our community and will run throughout the academic year. In addition, we plan to organize periodic special events (e.g., films, book readings, special speakers) each year related to parenting, youth mental health issues and emotional well-being that are open to both parents and families. The Parents’ Program is still being developed, with a planned start in the fall of 2017.
For Children and Adolescents
- Educational Sessions: In partnership with the schools, The Resilience Project can provide periodic Student Educational Sessions tailored to each school’s student population, needs and interests. Special events through the Parents Program (see above) will also be open to children and adolescents.
- Access to Care: Families in need who live in the NWH primary service area (Natick, Needham, Newton, Waltham, Wellesley and Weston) have access to the NWH Child/Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic for any child/adolescent mental health concerns. Schools can also submit a referral, which will trigger a phone consultation within 24 hours for a student’s parents with one of our clinic social workers. Schools and parents can call 617-243-5497 to start the referral process.