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Archive of the Wednesday, November 21, 2012 webcast:

Dr. Stanley Kutcher, MD, FRCPC—Dalhousie University
THE ADOLESCENT BRAIN:
HOW WHAT WE KNOW NOW CHALLENGES US TO RETHINK HOW WE EDUCATE TEENAGERS

Recent research has defined important changes in how the adolescent brain grows and develops. This lecture touched on these changes in regards to sleep/wake cycles, motivation and risk/reward, and its impact on educational experiences. 



FAMILY & SCHOOL SUPPORT AND TREATMENT TEAM
(FSSTT)
 
WHAT IS THE FSSTT?

           Originally, a pilot project designed to provide support to school staff, therapeutic intervention to families and students as well as professional development to those involved in working with students having social/emotional/behavioral difficulties. The team was created in 1995.

 
WHERE IS THE FSSTT WORKING?
          Lester B. Pearson School Board
·         13 Elementary Schools
·          5 High Schools
·         Also on call to all Lester B. Pearson schools

                                                                                                                         

The team is housed at Jubilee Elementary School, although the FSSTT is part of the Student Services Department of the Lester B. Pearson School Board. The facilities at Jubilee are used for family and student assessments, consultation with school resource teams, as well as family and individual therapy. It also houses a team meeting room and offices.

 

The FSSTT offices are also used evenings for family therapy and are often shared with hospital programs as we work in a collaborative model with our partners.

 

The facility at Jubilee Elementary was furnished and equipped originally by donations from corporate sponsors and foundations.

 
TIES PROJECT

(The Intensification of Existing Services)

             TIES is implemented in selected FSSTT schools for a period of 6 – 8 months. Schools that have been involved include Thorndale Elementary, Purcell Academy, Riverview Elementary, St. Lawrence Elementary Junior and Senior Campus, Orchard Elementary and Springdale Elementary.

 
WHO IS THE FSSTT?

           Actually, each professional involved in the life of a referred student is a member of  the Treatment Team and part of the intervention plan.

The multi-disciplinary team consists of a Behaviour Consultant, a Child Development Specialist, three Psycho-educators, Family Therapist, Art Therapist, and the part time services of psychiatrists and psychologists.

 

The Core Team consists of a Social Aide Technician working in each of the schools with the resource team.

 

Additional natural extensions of the team are the school psychologists, Student Services personnel, resource and classroom teachers, CLSC social workers, nurses, and outside professionals.

 
WHAT ARE THE INTERVENTIONS?

    Interventions take various forms:

·         On site daily pro-active interventions by Social Aide Technician

·         Consultation with a member of the multi-disciplinary team.

·         Various consultations with the multi-disciplinary team as a whole.

·         Family and/or student psychiatric assessment, where appropriate.

 
WHAT FEEDBACK HAS THERE BEEN?

          The project has been in operation since 1995. Each person (teacher, administrator, family FSSTT team member) who has been involved in the project over the years has been asked to provide feedback and recommendations. These are presently being received and reviewed. Many positive outcomes as well as suggestions for improvement have been noted and implemented.

    

      The FSSTT has also been nominated as an example of a school-based mental health initiative, as part of the work of hte school-based Mental Health and Substance Abuse Consortium.

 
RESEARCH

           The effectiveness of the FSSTT model has been studied by researchers at McGill University, Montreal Children’s Hospital, Concordia University, and the Lester B. Pearson School Board.

            In 2007-08 the MELS awarded the Lester B. Pearson School Board a research grant to study the impact on the TIES project in a school milieu.

      Presentations have been given at academic conferences and papers published in several journals.

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Click here to view the FSSTT  Mission/Vision Statement

 

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May 2010

 

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