The NorthStar Clinical Services Team consists of licensed psychologists, school psychologists, board certified behavior analysts, doctoral psychology interns, counselors, and parent-student facilitators under the supervision of an clinical services supervisor. All team members participate in a wide variety of activities that involve students, families, staff, and other individuals and agencies connected with students. The team's guiding philosophical model is The Circle of Courage. This is a model of youth empowerment. The model is encompassed in four core values: belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity. The Clinical Services Team works to develop these values in NorthStar's youth by guiding the development of supportive environments and creating experiences that promote positive changes and subsequently reclaim youth at risk.
Specific interventions and activities of NorthStar's Clinical Team include:
Comprehensive Psychoeducational Assessments - These evaluations might include assessment in cognitive, academic, social-emotional, behavioral, personality, adaptive, as well as neuropsychological testing and strength-based assessments. These assessments help establish special education eligibility and are useful in the development of Individualized Education Program (IEPs) and therapeutic goals.
Functional Behavior Assessments - A variety of data collection procedures and analyses are implemented to aid in the development of positive behavior support plans designed to specifically target problem behaviors. Ongoing consultation is provided to parents and teachers to assist with behavioral tracking and implementation of the FBA.
Strength-Based Treatment Team Meetings - The Clinical Team organizes and facilitates treatment team meetings that involve student's families, staff members, home schools, as well as outside providers, to share information, and contribute to intervention planning and implementation based on the student's strengths.
Group Therapy Sessions - Members of the Clinical Team facilitate expressive therapy groups as well as other skill-building and team-building sessions for students. These sessions typically address a particular theme that has been identified as a potential growth area for the students and involve discussion, experiential activities, relaxation, coping skills, and stress-reduction, Often sessions address one of the four areas of the Circle of Courage, including belonging, generosity, mastery, and independence.
Adventure Learning- Members of the clinical team facilitate therapeutic adventure learning groups. Adventure learning aims to elicit positive behavior change and emotional growth by the use of adventure-based activities. Treatment is based upon individual as well as group needs. Activities used include cooperative learning games, problem-solving initiatives, trust building activities, low and high elements, service projects, and outdoor expeditions.
Individual Therapy Sessions - Psychologists and counselors often work individually with students who have been identified as needing more intensive therapeutic intervention. Based on the student's needs a variety of therapeutic techniques are offered, including play therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, creative therapies, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), and Neurofeedback.
Peer Mentor Program - The Clinical Team is involved in training and supporting students as peer mentors. The program is designed to provide opportunities for students to help others with academics or serve as a positive peer role model. This program aims to foster generosity and help students develop their own feelings of worthiness by making a positive contribution to another student's life.
Parent Support - Parent meetings are regularly organized by the Clinical Team and typically involve an information session with discussion followed by an opportunity for a therapeutic parent-child interaction. Additionally, parent-training and home visits are also offered to provide families with emotional and behavioral support to develop healthy family relationships.
Community Partnerships - The Clinical Team has created partnerships with local core providers and community agencies in order to help ensure student's and family's needs are being met more holistically. NorthStar teams with community providers regularly and provides consultation and facilities for providers to serve students during the school day.
School Psychology Internship Program - NorthStar serves as a training site for pre-doctoral and post-doctoral psychology interns.
Didactic Training - NorthStar organizes and hosts didactic trainings on a variety of therapeutic topics for regional interns, school districts and community professionals. Additionally, the clinical team is also involved in conducting a variety of trainings, for NorthStar staff and local and state organizations.