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We consult to school administrators, teachers, and clinical staff, to build and strengthen their CBT and DBT services for students/clients of all ages.

Our standard school/agency-based program includes:

  • Orientation and commitment workshop
  • Three-to-five day workshop of DBT and CBT foundations and skills training
  • Implementation workshop with key stakeholders
  • Ongoing bi-weekly consultation for at least two years

CBT in Schools

Dr. McGinn has developed a curriculum for CBT to target youth with anxiety and depressive disorders (Leahy, R.L., Holland, S. & McGinn, L.K., 2011; McGinn, L.K. & Sanderson, W. C., 1999; McGinn, L.K & Hofmann, 2016). CBT is an evidence-based intervention that can be used to treat students with a wide range of problems and conditions. This model trains school personnel to deliver CBT interventions and is considered primary, secondary and tertiary prevention with several goals in mind:

  • Providing a common social-emotional skills-based language for all students, teachers, clinicians, and administrators
  • These skills can be taught early in the child’s life with the hope of preventing and averting some of the more challenging problems that arise in later adolescence
  • Providing CBT to students already exhibiting significant stress, anxiety, and depressive disorders allows the school to manage and maintain these students within the district rather than having to pay for the student to attend out-of-district placements
  • Providing CBT in schools reduces school absences and psychiatric and medical hospitalization visits.
  • Providing CBT improves emotional, behavioral and academic outcomes
  • Providing CBT can help reduce staff and administrator burnout by providing everyone with the necessary tools to effect change in many students

DBT in Schools

Dr. Miller and his colleagues have developed two types of DBT for schools: Comprehensive DBT and Universal DBT.

Comprehensive DBT

(Miller, Rathus & Linehan, 2007; Rathus & Miller, 2015) Targets youth who exhibit at least some degree of emotional and behavioral dysregulation and uses all of the DBT modes of treatment. This model is more broadly considered secondary and tertiary prevention interventions and often pull students out of class for skills group.

Universal DBT

(DBT Skills Training in Schools: The Skills Training for Emotional Problem Solving for Adolescents; DBT STEPS-A, Mazza, Mazza, Miller, Rathus & Murphy, 2016) This program is intended for teachers to teach DBT skills in a classroom setting.

Some schools have opted to conduct both types of DBT offering primary, secondary, and tertiary interventions within the school with several goals in mind:

  • Providing a common social-emotional skills-based language for all students, teachers, clinicians, and administrators
  • These skills can be taught early in the child’s life with the hope of preventing and averting some of the more challenging problems that arise in later adolescence
  • Providing comprehensive DBT to students already exhibiting significant emotional and behavioral dysregulation allows the school to manage and maintain these students within the district rather than having to pay for the student to attend out-of-district placements
  • Providing comprehensive DBT in schools often reduces ER, psychiatric and medical hospitalization visits, while keeping kids in school
  • Providing DBT improves emotional, behavioral and academic outcomes
  • Providing DBT is an evidence-based intervention that can be used transdiagnostically hence having greater applicability to a broader number of students
  • Providing DBT can help reduce staff and administrator burnout by providing everyone with the necessary tools to effect change in many students
  • DBT is school friendly in that DBT skills can be taught in classrooms and groups

Complete List of Schools

  • Ardsley Union Free School District
  • Blind Brook-Rye Union Free School District
  • Briarcliff Manor Union Free School District
  • Bronxville Union Free School District
  • Cabarrus County Schools (North Carolina)
  • CiTi BOCES
  • City School District of New Rochelle
  • Cleveland Heights-University Heights
  • Darien Public Schools
  • Dobbs Ferry School District
  • Eastchester Union Free School District
  • Fairfield Public Schools
  • Florida Union Free School District
  • Garrison Union Free School District
  • Haldane Central School District
  • Harrison Central School District
  • Hastings on Hudson Union Free School District
  • Hendrick Hudson Central School District
  • Irvington Union Free School District
  • Katonah-Lewisboro Union Free School District
  • Lakeland Central School District
  • Mamaroneck Union Free School District
  • Monroe-Woodbury Central School District
  • Mount Pleasant Central School District
  • Mount Vernon City School District
  • New Canaan Public Schools
  • North Rockland School District
  • North Salem Central School District
  • Norwalk Public Schools
  • Pace University
  • Pelham Public Schools
  • Pleasantville Union Free School District
  • Pocantico Hills Central School
  • Port Chester Public Schools
  • Public Schools of the Tarrytowns
  • Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES
  • Ridgefield Public Schools
  • Riverview High School
  • Robert Louis Stevenson School
  • Rockland BOCES
  • Rye City School District
  • Scarsdale Public Schools
  • Solomon Schecter School of Westchester
  • Southern Westchester BOCES
  • Suffern Central School District (formerly known as Ramapo)
  • The Churchill School & Center
  • The Hotchkiss School
  • The IDEAL School of Manhattan
  • Trumbull Public Schools
  • Tuckahoe Union Free School District
  • UC SanDiego
  • University of Oslo (Norway)
  • Washingtonville Central School District
  • Weston Public Schools
  • Westport School District
  • White Plains City School District
  • Yorktown Central School District