Wheeler Expands Behavioral Health Services to South Side Elementary School, Bristol
Updated January 31, 2018: A new school-based behavioral health clinic opened on March 1 at South Side Elementary School in Bristol as part of a partnership between Wheeler and Bristol Public Schools. The clinic offers students trauma-informed behavioral health services as well as linkage to other services in the Bristol community, including connections with primary and dental care, afterschool programming and a broad continuum of outpatient and community-based levels of care. The program is made possible with support from the Main Street Community Foundation's Women & Girls' Fund. School-based health centers are also open in Bristol at Greene-Hills School, West Bristol School, Chippens Hill Middle School and Bristol Eastern High School.
A Wheeler clinician is on-site at this school one day per week and is certified in both Trauma Focus Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) and in MATCH, Modular Approach to Therapy for Children, to help students address trauma-related issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety and behavioral health issues. The services include individual, group and family therapy focusing on:
- Academic and peer challenges
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (understanding the links between thoughts, feelings and behaviors, and identifying and challenging maladaptive thoughts)
- Development of coping skills to deal with stress and anxiety
- Coordination of services between families and school personnel
For more information, visit wheelerclinic.org/school-health.