Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health - Center for Effective Schools

Devereux National

Our Services

The Center for Effective Schools (CES) aims to meet your needs to address student behavior, social-emotional well-being and mental health. Are you looking to start a conversation about what services might best meet your needs? Please contact us.

The CES offers a comprehensive array of services for youth in early childhood programs and K-12 public, charter, private, and alternative schools. The CES adheres to an applied research framework, utilizing data-based decision-making, to ensure the highest quality of service delivery.


Systems-Level Service Delivery

Systems-level service delivery is an approach that focuses on the environmental contexts within which students interact daily. These contexts include the classroom, the school as a whole, the larger district, the home/family setting, and the broader community. Addressing the needs of the systems surrounding the student allows for a greater impact on student outcomes. For example, by providing behavioral supports at the classroom-level, all of the students in the classroom are more likely to succeed. The CES offers a variety of systems-level services.


The CES provides training to educators who are working toward systems-level reform. Whether it be the general education or special education classroom setting, the lunchroom, or even the entire school, the CES consultants have the knowledge, expertise, and experience to deliver trainings on skills that can improve learning and reduce disciplinary infractions. The CES consultants tailor the content of the training to meet the needs of your setting.

The CES delivers one-day workshops and provides consultation to support the implementation of skills delivered during trainings.

  • For a description of the types of training and consultation provided by the CES, please click here.
  • For a list of one-day workshop topics, click here.

Consultation and Technical Assistance

The CES provides targeted supports to help with the implementation of evidence-based practices. These targeted supports range from simple to complex strategies developed in partnership with your organization to assist staff in regularly applying best practices. Simple strategies include the development of systems for prompts and reminders, structured schedules, and practice guides for curriculum implementation. More complex consultation strategies include regular check-ins, observations, and the use of performance feedback to coach staff toward improved implementation.

Through consultation practices, the CES team applies the use of data-based decision making to support you in examining needs, monitoring progress, and evaluating outcomes.

Product Development

The CES develops training packages and intervention programs to address the needs of students, staff, and families in school-based settings. To see our current products, please click here.


Systems-Level Program Evaluation and Action Planning

The CES offers program evaluations to schools, programs, and other child-serving settings to examine existing practices and outcomes. The CES consultants will design the evaluation components with administration to determine the program evaluation package. Following the program evaluation, the CES consultants collaborate with your team to interpret the program evaluation and determine next steps to help you meet your goals.

Program evaluations may include interviews with administrators and staff, classroom observations, custom-designed surveys to examine unique needs, record reviews, and assessments of fidelity to positive behavioral interventions and supports.

Individual Student Assessment and Consultation

Assessment and consultation services are offered to school-based teams and family members to enhance the educational services for all students. The CES consultants employ a function-based, problem-solving approach to assess students’ needs and design effective, evidence-based interventions for students with a variety of concerns, including:
  • School adjustment and conduct problems
  • Emotional and behavioral disorders
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Academic or learning problems
  • Intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs)


Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)

The CES provides training and consultation on the implementation of MTSS, including school-wide positive behavior support (SWPBIS), in schools and early childhood settings. The development and implementation of MTSS frameworks focuses on prevention of problem behavior and the development of social-emotional skills for all students, with the addition of targeted and intensive interventions for students who demonstrate a need for more supports. The types of support at each tier are developed in collaboration with your team to meet the needs of your students and your setting. Multiple outcome studies and randomized controlled trials have found SWPBIS to be an effective approach for reducing discipline referrals and out-of-school suspensions, and for improving the overall “health” or climate of the organization.

Behavior Support and Trauma-Informed Practices

The CES consultants are experts in supporting staff to be prepared to manage students’ behavior needs and the effects of traumatic life experiences. Areas of expertise in behavior and trauma-informed practices include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Classroom Management
  • School-Wide Interventions
  • Preventing and Responding to Behavior Escalation
  • Addressing Trauma: Building Safe and Supportive Learning Environments
  • Parent Management Training
  • Pyramid Model Implementation in the Early Childhood Classroom
  • Relaxation Skills
  • Emotion Regulation Skills

Social-Emotional Learning, Mental Health, and Behavior Intervention Programs

The CES consultants provide training and/or implementation supports for many curricula that aim to improve students’ social-emotional skills, mental health, and behavior. These programs are identified below.

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Blues Program
  • Botvin LifeSkills Training
  • Bounce Back
  • Calm Cat
  • CATCH My Breath
  • Caught Being Good Game (CBG)
  • Check-In/Check-Out (CICO)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS)
  • Compassion Resilience Toolkit
  • Coping Power
  • Friends for Life
  • Good Behavior Game (GBG)
  • Guiding Good Choices
  • Incredible Years
  • Life Centered Education Transition Curriculum (LCE)
  • Learning for Justice
  • Lunchroom Behavior Game (LBG)
  • MindWise Signs of Suicide
  • Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS) Program
  • PAX Good Behavior Game
  • Positive Outcomes with Emotion Regulation (POWER) Program
  • Problem Solving Skills Training (PSST)
  • Resilience Education Program (REP)
  • Restorative Practices
  • Rethink Ed
  • Second Step
  • Skillstreaming
  • Strengthening Families Program
  • Support for Students Exposed to Trauma (SSET)
  • Together Facing the Challenge (TFTC)
  • Too Good for Drugs (TGFD)
  • Toolbox of Parenting Skills (TOPS)
  • Vaping Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW)
  • Zones of Regulation


Our Services

Service-Delivery Methods: How we do what we do
  • Systems-Level Service Delivery
    • Training
    • Consultation and Technical Assistance
  • Product Development
  • Assessment
    • Systems-Level Program Evaluation and Action Planning
    • Individual Student Assessment and Consultation