Life-Changing Outcomes for Exceptional Kids

Services for Students with Mental Health Challenges

School, Home, and Center Based Educational and Therapeutic Services

First Children’s school based mental health services are designed to partner with school districts in a wrap around, systemic approach to address the unique needs of the student body. Licensed mental health clinicians will work to identify and implement strategies through evidence based approaches, that would be implemented in different systems to improve the overall academic, social, and life domain functioning of the student population.

Services include, but not limited to, assessment and referral, crisis intervention and screening, individual therapy, family therapy, group therapy, social skills development, social and emotional learning programs, professional development for school personnel, parent education seminars and trainings, and additional services determined after consultation with school and team. FCS staff are able to address presenting mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, suicidal ideations, trauma, school refusal, substance abuse, and other identified needs that may pose a barrier for students.  

Mental Health Services for School Districts

Diagnostic and Behavioral Health Services in PA

School Based Mental Health Counseling

Group and Individual Counseling with Licensed Mental Health Clinician
Social and Psychoeducational Skills Groups
Individualized, Evidenced-Based Interventions
Goal Setting and Monitoring

First Children School Classroom

Mental Health Consultation

Licensed Mental Health Clinician or Behavior Analyst Consultation
School Refusal and Behavior Interventions Plans
Specialized Classroom Design
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Curriculum
Positive Behavior Support in Schools (PBSIS)
Psychological, Social, and Learning Evaluations

Experienced Teachers in Educating Students with Emotional Challenges
State Certified Teachers with Proper Subject Area Certification
Consultative Support from Licensed Clinicians and Behavior Analysts

Behavior Technicians
One-to-one Aides

Home and Community Services

Parent/Family Education and Training

Individual Parent/Family Training and Education
Group Parent/Family Education and Support

Anxiety and School Refusal
Trauma in the Classroom
Positive Behavior Support (PBS)
Social and Emotional Learning

Transitions Program

  • A center-based home instruction program for middle and high school students with school refusal due to anxiety and/or depression
  • Full Day Programming
  • Group and Individual Counseling
  • Social and Life Skills Groups
  • Small Group Instruction
  • Broad Range of Electives
  • Honors Level and World Language Courses
  • Extended School Year