Student Assistant Program (SAP)
The Student Assistance Program (SAP) provides mental health and therapy support to the City of Pembroke Pines Charter Schools. SAP was modeled after the Multi-Tier System of Support (MTSS) approach utilized in schools to maximize student access to behavior and academic support. At the universal level (Tier 1), SAP attempts to provide general mental health support by providing training and support to school personnel as well as facilitating parent talks on various mental health topics. At Tier 2, the targeted level, SAP provides in-class consultative support for teachers working with select students that have been identified with a need. Lastly, at Tier 3, the intensive level, SAP can provide individual therapy to students identified with a need and referred to the program by school personnel. For more information on SAP services or to inquire about the referral process for individual therapy, please reach out to your school counselor.
SAP Tip of the Month
Active listening is an important skill that can enhance communication between parents and children. Reflecting (or summarizing back the message you understood) when your child shares something can be more powerful than asking questions. For instance, if your child shares something that occurred during their school day, a good reflection might start by stating, “I hear you saying that…” This may encourage your child to share more as they will feel heard and understood.
Research shows that excessive social media use negatively impacts mental health. for instance, in one study, as daily social media usage increased throughout the day, participants would rate themselves lower on a self-esteem measure (Jan et al.,2017). One strategy to help youth reduce social media use is to agree on set times during the day in which social media use is not allowed such as mealtime and bedtime.