Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) Program
RECRUITMENT FOR OUR DBT PROGRAM HAS NOW CONCLUDED
We are grateful for the support of the Affinity Legacy fund and this opportunity to improve the effectiveness of SBHCs in addressing the behaviorla health needs of children. If you have any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org with "DBT Program" in the subject line.
About the Foundation's DBT Program
The COVID pandemic has caused an explosion of behavioral health needs among New York’s underserved school children. In its mission to strengthen NY’s school-based health centers, the NY School-Based Health Foundation has just received a large grant from the Affinity Legacy grant program to assist three SBHC sponsoring organizations in implementing a model known as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).
This one-year program will be intensive and will provide resources for three School-Based Health Center (SBHC) sponsoring organizations operating SBHCs in the Affinity service area (NYC and Nassau, Suffolk, Orange, Rockland, and Westchester Counties) including training and coaching support by DBT experts as well as funding to hire or contract for a DBT Program Manager (who may also carry a caseload) or an FTE clinician. Two DBT models are available: clinicians only, and clinicians teaching and supporting teachers to deliver DBT in the classroom. Further description of these two models is below. Participants will be chosen based on their capacity to implement the program, the reach of their proposed program, and the prospects for the program’s sustainability.
We are grateful for the support of the Affinity Legacy grant program and this opportunity to improve the effectiveness of SBHCs in addressing the behavioral health needs of their children. Based on our initial experience, we hope to be able to spread the program more widely among SBHCs in the future.
DBT Benefits & Background
DBT has been developed, widely-tested, and is poised to be the strategy of choice in addressing this rising tide of behavioral health demand due to its flexibility, ease of implementation, and evidence-based effectiveness. DBT has the potential to achieve scale by its train- the-trainer approach and applicability at the group, individual, or classroom levels. Key to the program is training and support of teachers and behavioral health specialists in giving children tools to:
Regulate their emotions
Cope with stress
Increase awareness of the impact of actions on themselves and others.
The two models under consideration:
1. DBT FOR CLASSROOM IMPLEMENTATION
Provides a broad approach to building resilience and mental wellness skills in children and adolescents. SBHC clinicians will be trained to equip and support teachers in providing the DBT curriculum. Training for teachers is also an option. Throughout the training year, the program will enable SBHC clinicians and teachers to offer DBT training to as many classes and grades as the school and School Mental Health Teams jointly determine. The Affinity grant will provide support for school initiation meetings, training in the model, and ongoing support and consultation to ensure fidelity and successful implementation.
Funding: Grant funding will cover all trainings, supervision, materials, and meetings with teachers and SBHC clinical staff, and administration costs. The grant will provide funding to help cover one FTE DBT Manager who will organize and manage the project for your organization. This person may also carry a caseload.
2. DBT CLINICAL SKILLS TRAINING (FOR CLINICIALS ONLY)
SBHC clinicians will be trained to conduct individual and group DBT sessions for students with emotional difficulties. The focus will be on commitment strategies, the application of DBT principles in individual counseling sessions, the use of behavioral chain analysis, and the reinforcement of DBT skills use via time-limited coaching. The goals of this model are to minimize student’s time out of class, apply skills, and limit crisis focused responding from staff. The Affinity grant will provide virtual support for school initiation meetings, training in the model, and ongoing support and consultation to ensure fidelity and successful implementation.
Funding: Grant funding will cover all trainings, supervision, materials, and administration costs. The grant will provide funding to help cover either one FTE Clinician for your organization, unbillable services such as co-facilitating a class/group, or a combination of the two.
Subject Matter Expert, LCSW
Director Of Special Projects & Initiatives, New York Psychotherapy and Counseling Center (NYPCC)
Scott Bloom, LCSW, will be advising the DBT program and providing training and technical assistance as our subject matter expert. Our NYC members know Scott as the founding Director of School Mental Health Services for the New York City Department of Education where he served for 15 years, facilitating partnerships with non-profit organizations and implementing mental health initiatives in over 1,800 city schools.
Mr. Bloom has spent his 31-year career at the intersection of mental health, communities, and schools working to improve access to social-emotional services and resources by integrating these programs, creating opportunities for children and youth to overcome emotional and behavioral barriers to academic achievement.
DBT Program Director,
Principal, Morningside Health Strategies
Ms. Perry is a consultant with extensive executive experience in health care performance improvement. Her work focuses on data-driven innovation in patient services and operations. As Principal of Morningside Health Strategies, recent engagements include fund development and project management for multiple programs of the New York School-Based Health Foundation; FQHC operational assessment; team-based care optimization; software evaluation &; data strategy design.