Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Center for Effective Schools

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Services

The Center for Effective Schools (CES) offers a comprehensive array of services for children and adolescents in K-12 public schools, charter schools, and private schools, as well as in other child-serving settings including behavioral health and residential. The CES adheres to an applied research framework, utilizing data-based decision-making, to ensure the highest quality of service delivery.

Individual Student-Focused Consultation

Consultation services are offered to school-based teams and family members to enhance the educational services for all students. CES consultants employ a function-based, problem-solving approach to design effective, evidence-based interventions for students with a variety of concerns, including:

  • School adjustment and conduct problems
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Emotional and behavioral disorders
  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Academic or learning problems
  • Intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD)

Systems-Level Training and Technical Assistance

The CES provides training and technical assistance to teachers, principals, and school-based teams involved in systems-level reform. Whether it be the general education classroom, the special education classroom, the lunchroom or even the entire school, CES consultants have the knowledge and experience to assist your school in improving learning and reducing disciplinary infractions through the development and implementation of evidence-based practices.

Strengthening Emotional Support Services™ (SESS)

This comprehensive curriculum, originally designed for teachers of students with emotional/behavioral disorders, and now offered to all teachers, administrators and paraprofessionals in the school includes a full array of instructional and behavioral management strategies designed for today’s classrooms. Through empirical-validation in some of the most challenging classroom situations, the SESS curriculum has led to improvements in disruptive and on-task behavior.

School-Wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (SWPBIS)

School violence and increasing rates of disruptive and antisocial behavior are major concerns of parents and school administrators. Training in SWPBIS, followed by focused technical assistance, is intended to assist school-based teams in developing an effective, multi-tiered approach to addressing ongoing behavioral concerns. Multiple outcome studies and two randomized controlled trials have found SWPBIS to be an effective approach for reducing discipline referrals and out-of-school suspensions, and improving the overall “health” or climate of the organization.

School-Wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports for Alternative Education (SWPBIS-A)

Alternative education programs, including private day schools and residential schools, often struggle to create the best, most therapeutic environment for the students served. Recent evidence suggests that adopting a multi-tiered approach similar to public schools, but intensifying practices at each tier, may be effective in creating a more positive overall climate, leading to concomitant changes in challenging behavior. 

For information and research on PBIS in child welfare, click here.

Toolbox of Parent Skills™(TOPS)

The TOPS curriculum is a training program for parents designed for delivery by school personnel. Based on the most effective approach to training parents, TOPS offers parents a methodology for encouraging positive behavior in their youngsters as an alternative to using harsh and/or ineffective punishment approaches. The TOPS train-the-trainer program is offered for school counselors, social workers, psychologists, teachers and administrators.

Lunchroom Behavior Game™ (LBG)

Non-classroom environments, typically staffed by paraprofessionals with little or no training in effective management strategies, pose a challenge to teachers and administrators concerned with increasing rates of disruptive student behavior. Nowhere is this concern more in evidence than in the school cafeteria. The Lunchroom Behavior Game is a comprehensive, research-supported, and easily-administered training program designed to reduce the level of disruption in your school cafeteria. The LBG training is offered to paraprofessionals, teachers and administrators.

Stop-Gap Model™ of Residential Service Delivery

The stop-gap model is a multi-tiered system of support designed to promote the adoption and implementation of evidence-based practices in residential treatment settings.  The two-fold goal of the stop-gap model is to (a) interrupt the youth’s downward spiral imposed by increasingly disruptive behavior and (b) prepare the post-discharge environment for the youth’s timely re-integration. Youths enter the model at Tier I where the focus is on the immediate reduction of serious problem behaviors through evidence-based, ecological interventions (e.g., token systems, high rates of praise) and intensive skill teaching, including social and academic skill instruction. Simultaneously, planning for discharge commences by preparing the post-discharge environment (e.g., parent management training).  To the extent that problem behaviors are not reduced at Tier I, more intensive, function-based support occurs at Tier II. The stop-gap model serves as a decision-making framework to promote effective practice in providing services for youths with the most challenging behaviors.

Workshops and One-Day Trainings

We provide training workshops that are designed to meet clear objectives, skill-based, and delivered through an "active training" format. One-day workshops include:

  • Conducting a Functional Behavioral Assessment
  • Behavioral Interventions: The Basics
  • Behavioral Interventions: Advanced Strategies
  • Supervising the Emotional Support Classroom
  • Creating a Positive Classroom Environment
  • The Missing Link: Self-Management Interventions
  • Behavioral Consultation in the Schools
  • Basic Behavior Management for the Classroom
  • Fundamentals of Parent Training
  • School-wide Positive Behavior Support: Preventing Disruptive Behavior
  • Interventions for Students with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Interventions for Students with Conduct Problems
  • Effective Instructional Strategies
  • Developing Effective Behavior Support Plans
  • Response-to-Intervention