Student Assistance Program
"Student Assistance is an infrastructure of proven K-12 school-based practices that brings help to students, families, schools, and communities. Student Assistance provides an integrated system of care, including prevention, early intervention and support services that address mental health and substance use issues that otherwise result in barriers to student learning and success."
- National Student Assistance Association
Types of SAP Groups Currently Offered:
- Anger Management - works towards identifying anger triggers, maladaptive responses, and developing more positive and healthy coping skills for managing anger.
- Resiliency - works with students who are failing classes, displaying behavioral concerns, and who show difficulty with self-control (emotionally/behaviorally). These students are often referred through counselors, deans, and other administrators.
- Military/Deployed Families - supports students who have immediate family members who are deployed overseas. This group often uses a combination of grief and anger management strategies and tools.
- Grief - offers support, resources, and coping skills for students struggling with the death of a close family member or friend.
- Anxiety/Mindfulness - focuses on students who are having difficulty maintaining emotional stability during times of stress and/or frustration. This group offers positive and healthy outlets for emotion while also supporting development of good coping skills.
- Incarcerated Parents - similar to the Military/Deployed Families group, this group supports students who have immediate family members who are incarcerated. This group often uses a combination of grief and anger management strategies and tools.
- Concerned Persons (COP) - offers support to students struggling with a family member’s addiction or substance abuse issues. The group aims to help students understand addiction/substance abuse issues while offering suggestions for coping skills/positive outlets for emotion.
- LGBTQ+ - group offering support for those who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community and are experiencing negativity, harassment/bullying, and/or anxiety as a result. Group focuses on identity, self-esteem, confidence, positive social groups/alliances, and coping skills.
SAP group curriculum consists of combinations of prepared/purchased programs, additional supplemental activities/resources, as well as experiential activities and collected lessons from internet and outside sources.