Behavioral Health Intervention Teams are referral-driven, student-centered planning groups that meet weekly in all Berlin schools. Partners on these teams include Principals, Nurses, Psychologists, School Counselors, School Resource Officers, Behavioral Interventionists, Office of Student Wellness staff, and Mental Health Counselors. Their primary purpose is to identify students whose in-school behaviors are problematic to learning, discuss and plan interventions for students who are referred to the team, and monitor those plans to ensure the supports put in place are helping the student. The teams provide oversight for the full intervention process.
By Trauma Learning Policy Initiative
Understanding the prevalence of students who have had adverse childhood experiences can be a way to support creating trauma-sensitive, safe and supportive learning environments for all children in Berlin Public Schools. The Trauma Learning Policy Institute (TLPI) in Massachusetts is an excellent resource where you can learn more about the role trauma plays in students inability to learn academically, socially, and emotionally.
In the Trauma-based and Social Emotional Learning work we’ve been doing in our schools, we have seen that a turning point for many has been understanding just how common traumatic experiences are in the lives of children. Developing an understanding of the prevalence of trauma is one key step in developing a new lens – The Trauma Lens – through which students can be seen, heard and understood.
This seven minute video features TLPI’s training director, Joel M. Ristuccia, Ed.M. speaking about the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study and the extraordinary numbers of adults who reported abuse and/or challenging family experiences during childhood. The video focuses on examining the statistics of exposure to ACES and explores the correlation of ACES to social, emotional and cognitive impairments. We share this video as a resource to help our community develop the understanding that trauma impacts large numbers of students and to dispel the impression that only a few are impacted.