Psychological & Educational School-Based Services

Parents and teachers do not like to see their children struggle. This is particularly true when the child or adolescent has a disability which makes learning new information and skills frustrating and difficult. Cognitive, emotional, physical, communication and behavioral disabilities are challenging but they need not lead to frustration and failure. The psychological and educational habilitation services of the New England Pastoral Institute provide teachers and parents with the tools necessary to teach children with disabilities new ways to learn and communicate.

To "habilitate" is to help an individual maximally develop his or her native abilities and to acquire the necessary functional skill sets to live a happy and personally productive life. The professional staff at the New England Pastoral Institute is experienced in providing psychological and educational services to children and adolescents, their families, teachers, and other care providers. The Institute is committed to helping all individuals, regardless of their capabilities or disabilities, reach for and attain their fullest potentials. Our goals are:

  • To help each disabled child or adolescent reach his/her inherent potential
  • To help each child or adolescent to feel good about themselves and their accomplishments regardless of their disability
  • To provide teachers, parents, and other caregivers with educational methods that will help them motivate and teach children the skills necessary to grow.

The services focus on:

  • Each student's strengths, not weaknesses
  • The use of positive motivators to help the student learn new skills and to control inappropriate behaviors
  • Clinically proven methods of behavior change and educational instruction that have been successful in helping the disabled child and adolescent

School Based Services

The following services are offered to children, adolescents, and their families:

  • Emergency/Crisis Intervention and assessment
  • Behavioral and learning skills assessments
  • Student motivational assessments and intervention
  • ADL skills assessment and programming
  • Design and implementation of behavior change programs
  • Teacher focused ABA skills training
  • Clinical supervision and consultation to teachers dealing with dual diagnosed children, adolescents, and their families
  • Consultation to teachers and school administrators regarding working with families
  • Program assessment and evaluation
  • Behavior management services to the inclusion classroom

Home Based Services

The following services are offered to children, adolescents, and their families:

  • Behavioral assessments
  • Design and implementation of behavior change programs
  • Parent focused ABA skills training
  • Parenting skills training
  • Parent advocacy services
  • Guardianship evaluations

Other Therapeutic Services

The New England Pastoral Institute offers several other therapeutic services:

The focus of the Institute is to care for the emotional, intellectual, relational, and spiritual needs of children, adolescents, and their families. The goal is to integrate safe and effective clinical interventions with an individual or a family's spiritual tradition to promote healing and change. For those who do not wish to bring a spiritual dimension into the therapy, traditional forms of psychotherapy are also available. Professional services are provided by certified and licensed psychologists, pastoral psychotherapists, mental health counselors, and psychiatrists.

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