Services to schools

In-service training

  • School refusal

          From preschool through graduation, school refusal interferes with a student’s ability to reach their academic potential. This training outlines the various causes of school refusal and how to assess what is causing the child to behave in this way. In addition, home and school strategies to address the behaviors and prevent future school refusal will be discussed.


  • Anxiety disorders
          Become familiar with the range of anxiety disorders and how they affect a child’s thinking and learning. Differentiate between typical, functional anxiety and clinical anxiety that interferes with daily functioning. Strategies to ameliorate the symptoms of anxiety and the interfering behaviors associated with them will be provided.

  • Test anxiety
          A certain level of anxiety when performing on an assessment is typical, even helpful to performance. However, this anxiety can escalate in duration and intensity, causing a negative impact on performance. Managing test-taking anxiety is a skill necessary for students in order to demonstrate their knowledge. Recognizing and addressing this type of anxiety will improve student performance. This training covers recognizing signs of atypical anxiety, as well as strategies for home, school, and the student.

  • Positive school climate
          Creating and maintaining a positive school climate is essential in student success. Students reach their fullest potential when they feel safe to take academic risks. Learn about how to create this environment for students, school personnel, and families. District, building, and classroom strategies will be discussed.

  • Managing classroom behavior
          This training focuses on a positive classroom environment and effective discipline. Learn about group dynamics, the function of certain behaviors, and how to create an atmosphere in which children want to behave. Strategies include systems of reinforcement, use of positive feedback, communication, and how to include student input.

  • Managing recess/lunchroom/bus behavior
          Cafeteria and recess monitors and bus drivers are valued members of the school community. Provide them with the skills to manage behavior effectively. They will learn how to create positive relationships with students while earning their respect. Discipline techniques and reinforcement strategies will be discussed.

  • PTO/PTA topics: Parent training
          Parent involvement in school is an important factor in student achievement. Home and school relationships therefore are critical to student success. This training for parents includes how to support their child’s learning, communication with school staff, and behavior management techniques for home. Parents learn how to create a positive home environment, establishing healthy routines, completing homework, addressing concerns with their child and school staff, advocating for their child’s needs, and modeling a positive attitude about school and learning.