How We Help: Restorative Services

Our restorative services support students by focusing on opportunities for growth and learning in lieu of experiencing stay-home suspensions.

Students are invited to participate in social-emotional programs that serve as an alternative to suspension, facilitated by our mental health therapists. These services encourage positive interactions, communication, and development among students.

  • 90% of students who attend MAPS and PATH reported that it was more beneficial than staying at home for their suspension.

  • 75% of students who attended GPS reported that they now know how to communicate to resolve possible conflicts between themselves and others.

Services We Offer

GPS

GPS is a 4-hour program designed to enhance students’ interpersonal skills, including:

  • Respect
  • Awareness of Triggers
  • Healthy Communication Skills
  • Empathy Development
  • Focusing on Personal Values
  • Healthy Decision Making

A.T.S – Alternatives To Smoking

Alternatives to Smoking is a 2-day harm-reduction program for students challenged with smoking or vaping. The program focused on the impacts of smoking/vaping on students’ physical, social, and emotional health. Students consider healthy alternatives to smoking in the group.

M.A.P.S – Mindful Actions Peaceful Solutions

Mindful Actions Peaceful Solutions is a 3-day restorative program for students who have engaged in a physical altercation at school. The program focuses on healthy interpersonal skills, trigger identification, and conflict resolution skills. Students are provided a space to deeper reflect on the consequences of their decisions.

P.A.T.H – Pointing Adolescents Towards Health

Pointing Adolescents Towards Health is a 5-day harm-reduction program for students challenged with use or abuse of controlled substances. The program provides education on addiction, the effects of alcohol and drug use, and legal ramifications. Students are provided with a space to reflect on triggers to use, healthy coping alternatives and the impact of their use on their physical, social and emotional health.

Real You

Real You is a 4-hour program that focuses on academic integrity. The program facilitates discussion of common factors contributing to academic dishonesty including:

  • Time Management
  • Technology
  • Anxiety
  • Family Expectations
  • Fear of Failure
  • Learning Styles

STAY

STAY is a 4-hour program that focuses on truancy and attendance. The program facilitates discussion of:

  • Support System
  • Coping Skills
  • Self-Evaluation
  • Personal and Environmental Factors that Contribute to Absenteeism
  • Goal Setting

Restorative Circles & Mediation

These groups provide an immediate debrief and mediation when conflicts occur amongst students. It is a “first line of defense” in reducing issues including, but not limited to, bullying, interpersonal conflict, and aggressive or violent behavior on campus.

Behavior Referral Response

We provide on-site behavioral interventions that focus on improving classroom conduct and school culture.

Post-Program Follow Up

Therapists can provide individualized follow up at their campus for students who complete our online and in-person programs. This ensures continuity of care while therapists assess the students’ need for additional resources and support

Online Programs

To ensure access for all students, we offer online programs that they can complete in lieu of an in-person restorative program. All online submissions are reviewed by a mental health professional and follow up is provided at the student’s school.

In the 2019-2020 School Year

  • 18

    Schools using restorative services (and counting)

  • 417

    Mediations Provided

  • 1476

    Students who completed restorative programs

Don’t Just Take It From Us

There are people here willing to listen without judging what teens need.

– Participant
Alternatives to Smoking program

Because it gives you a second chance and informs you about what you’re doing to your body.

– Participant
PATH program

It’s easier to talk it out in a group that can relate.

– Participant
GPS program

Want to Bring a Restorative Program to Your School or Community?

Please contact us to partner!