Behavior and Mental Health Groups

PresenceLearning offers two types of live online groups to support students’ behavioral and mental health. Finding Your Power in Uncertain Times is a 6-week program designed to help students who are struggling with life’s current stressors including COVID-19, economic uncertainty, and civil unrest. And, Behavior Intervention Groups are 12-week programs, each designed to support a specific skill area.  

Having an online solution enables schools to serve more students than is possible when limited to in-person, onsite therapy. Working with online therapists using familiar technology can put students at ease and help them talk more openly about their problems, while at the same time, reducing the stigma often associated with onsite therapy.

How it Works

PresenceLearning works closely with onsite school counselors, social workers, and/or school psychologists to assign students to the appropriate group, each of which is led by a highly trained school psychologist or licensed clinical social worker from PresenceLearning’s network of licensed clinicians with school-based experience. Our Behavior Intervention Groups can also be led by your own clinicians.

Finding Your Power in Uncertain Times

Finding Your Power in Uncertain Times has been developed for PresenceLearning by Dr. Isaiah Pickens, founder and CEO of iOpening Enterprises. iOpening Enterprises helps schools across the country by delivering trauma-informed and culturally responsive programs that promote students’ behavioral and mental health needs while supporting their academic achievement.

Finding Your Power in Uncertain Times is a psychotherapeutic program designed to help middle and high school students navigate current stressors including the impact of COVID-19, economic uncertainty, and recent civil unrest. Offered as a 6-weeks program, for small groups of 3-5 students, attendees of the program will gain:

  1. Trauma-informed, cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness-based, and culturally responsive tools that will help them manage unhealthy responses to current events
  2. Techniques to navigate pervasive anxiety, depressed mood, and interpersonal functioning challenges
  3. Skills to better understand themselves through bolstering resilience-based strategies and their ability to find meaning and growth during difficult life experiences

This program has been designed exclusively for PresenceLearning providers to conduct online.

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Behavior Intervention Groups

PresenceLearning’s live online Behavior Intervention Groups are designed to help schools meet the growing need for behavioral skill building in school settings—for all students. Students are identified by the school district and can be added to groups where they have a skill-based deficit. Behavior Intervention Groups can be conducted by PresenceLearning’s network of licensed clinicians or by your district’s clinicians.

Each program is 12-weeks long and includes three students, ideally at the same grade level or stage of learning and development. Students do not need to attend the same school to be grouped together.

Group Topics:

Anxiety:

Curriculum by Strong Kids and Learning to BREATHE
Students will learn to pay attention in the moment, manage emotions as they are perceived, and gain greater control over their own feelings and actions to address sources of and reactions to anxiety-provoking stimuli.

Emotional Regulation:

Curriculum by The Zones of Regulation
By addressing underlying deficits in emotional and sensory regulation, executive functioning, and social cognition, this framework is designed to help move students toward independent regulation. Students will learn to become more aware of and independent in controlling their emotions and impulses, managing their sensory needs, and improving their ability to problem solve conflicts.

Coping Skills:

Curriculum by DBT STEPS—A and Think Good-Feel Good
Using the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) framework, these programs help students manage difficult emotional situations, cope with stress, and make better decisions.

21st Century Stress Management:

Curriculum by Owning Up
Students will learn that their dignity and the dignity of others is the principle that guides our decisions and actions every day in our friendships, families, and schools. Topics include friendships, social media, teasing, and harassment.

Social Skills:

Curriculum by Strong Kids and Skillstreaming
Students will learn about emotions and the social-emotional skills they’ll use for the rest of their lives including managing anger, reducing stress, solving interpersonal problems, and much more.

Prevention & Active Depression:

Curriculum by Gregory Clarke, Ph.D.
The course is presented as an opportunity for adolescents to learn new skills which will help them to gain control over their moods and deal with situations that contribute to their depression.

I’ve had parents recently thank us for offering teletherapy groups and tell us how much their children enjoy it. The students especially like the anonymity of the process—they know they won’t run into their psychologist out in the community so they are more open.*

Tweaka Dilek, Program Specialist for Intervention and Instruction at Tomball ISD, Tomball, TX

I was impressed with how quickly our PresenceLearning counselor was able to establish rapport and move towards the real issues with each of our students.*

Julia Harrison, Counselor at Lakewood Elementary School, Tomball, TX

* This quote is from a similar group therapy product conducted in a school setting during 2019-2020.