Individual counseling is provided by a qualified mental health professional. Counseling is based on need and assessed within the first one to two sessions. Not all students who are referred for individual counseling will necessarily meet criteria for individual treatment. Students who do not meet criteria may be referred to small group counseling, check-in support, case management, or referred to a community agency.
Group counseling is provided by qualified mental health professionals employed by RJUHSD or through community partnerships. Group counseling is an effective practice with teens to address social skills development, anxiety and depression, substance use, and for peer support in navigating the high school experience.
Teen Intervene - Substance Abuse Intervention
Teen Intervene is a tested, time-efficient, evidence-based program for teenagers suspected of experiencing a mild or moderate substance use disorder. The program covers all drugs, but has a special focus on alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco use. The program is designed to include teens' parents or guardians. The Teen Intervene program incorporates the stages of change model, motivational interviewing, and cognitive-behavioral therapy. The brief intervention consists of two student and one parent/guardian session.
Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS)
In the last two decades, there has been an increasing awareness of the extent to which children are exposed to traumatic experiences. Between 20% and 50% of American children are victims of violence within their families, at school, or in their communities.
The CBITS program uses a skills-building, early intervention approach and focuses on the reduction of symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Any pupil subject to compulsory full-time education or compulsory continuing education who is absent from school without a valid excuse three full days, or tardy or absent for more than any 30-minute period during the school day without a valid excuse on three occasions in one school year, or any combination thereof, is a truant and shall be reported to the attendance supervisor or the superintendent of the school district. (EC Section 48260[a])
DBT Skills in Schools
Dialectic Behavioral Therapy is skills training for emotional problem-solving for adolescents. DBT provides a meaningful set of skills for emotions management, relationship building, and decision-making skills that adolescents could acquire and apply to navigate the emotionally difficult situations and stressors that accompany the teen years.
Restorative practice is a social science that studies how to improve and repair relationships between people and communities. The purpose is to build healthy communities, increase social capitol, decrease crime and antisocial behavior, repair harm, and restore relationships. It ties together research in a variety of social science fields, including education, psychology, social work, criminology, sociology, organizational development and leadership.