Grove School’s staff represents a diverse group of professionals with years of experience working with adolescents and their families. We work in close collaboration with each other, the student, and his or her family. Each student is assigned a treatment team that is comprised of a Therapist, Psychiatrist, Advisor, Executive level representative, Dorm staff and Teachers. The student’s team meets both formally and informally on a regular basis to share information, discuss ideas, and present solutions. Active communication between all members of the team is essential to supporting the growth of the student.
A child’s team has representatives from all areas of the milieu. This is in keeping with our 360 degree approach and philosophy that a seamless interface should exist among all areas of a student’s life.
Members of the Treatment Team
The team exists to support and assist the student in recognizing and achieving his other goals. This work relies on some level of cooperation and investment from the student. Students who become most successful in this program are open to experiencing change in their lives and are willing to look within themselves in an open and honest way. Every effort is made by all members of the team to understand a student’s strengths and limitations and to work on building a relationship with the student to help in doing his or her work.
Grove School requires the active participation and communication of a child’s family. This cooperation is integral to a student finding success. This process may be difficult at times, and the family should be prepared to look at their own role in a child’s work. Parents, and often other family members, are expected to participate in family meetings and family therapy at least once a month. This approach focuses on the family system and recognizes that it is difficult for one member of the family to change and grow without requiring other members of the family to change and grow as well.
The team is expected to work together both on and off campus. To this end, parents are asked to support the school in maintaining the same expectations, guidelines, and policies at home. This is important in creating continuity for our students.
Every student is assigned an Advisor upon admission. The Advisor is the central point of communication for all members of the student’s treatment team, including the student. The Advisor is the liaison between the family and all departments of the school and is the primary contact person for the family. Most of our Advisors have been Teacher/Counselors and are intricately aware of the everyday operations of the program. All questions and concerns, by the student and his/her family, should start with the Advisor.
Every student is assigned a therapist upon admission. Our clinical staff are from various disciplines and come with an array of experience. Our clinical staff is made up of board certified psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, and marriage and family therapists. Many of our clinicians have been affiliated with Grove for many years, and some are on the clinical faculty at the Yale School of Medicine. Students will see their therapist in twice weekly sessions.
Students can expect these sessions to remain confidential, with the exception of information that may be harmful to themselves or to others. Therapists will keep in frequent contact with the Advisor and will be updated on any behavioral or emotional information that is important to treatment. Parents and therapists should be in regular communication through monthly family therapy session and phone communication.
Students are each assigned a psychiatrist upon admission whether or not they are currently on medication. In some instances the psychiatrist may also maintain the role of therapist. Students can expect to meet with their psychiatrist on an average of twice per month. Decisions are made to meet more frequently when clinically appropriate.
Psychiatrists are in frequent contact with both the therapist and the advisor and are updated on any important information. Parents will be contacted by the psychiatrist prior to any medication change.
Executive Level Representative
Every treatment team has an Executive level administrator in attendance. This is to ensure overall programmatic knowledge of clinical decisions and directions. Executive level administrators also serve as the On-Call contact in the event of any incident or emergency, and their attendance at the clinical team meetings insures their familiarity with each student and circumstance. This representative is also focused on continuing to improve the system to best meet the needs of the students and their families.
Teacher/Counselors (Dorm Staff)
Each student will live in a dorm that is directly supervised by two Teacher/Counselors (Dorm Staff). Dorm staff supervise the everyday actions of each student in their dorm. They ensure that students are taking care of their responsibilities and are there to connect and counsel the students. Many students become very close and connected with their dorm staff.Dorm staff are in direct daily communication with Advisors, Therapists, Psychiatrists and Academic personell. Dorm staff also participate in case conference meetings on students.
Most of our teachers also live in the dorms as residential staff. Some of our senior teachers, called Core Teachers, assume non-residential roles focused on the academic program. Teachers are in frequent formal and informal contact with members of each treatment team as well as a child’s other teachers. Teaching teams meet weekly to students’ goals and objectives, progress, accommodations and modifications and strategies for student success.
Grove School Staff
Grove School operates as a community where every member of the community is responsible for the quality and cohesiveness of the whole. To this end, every staff member including the Health Center staff, office staff, kitchen staff, etc. is trained to be in tune with the community and the individuals within the milieu. All staff are encouraged to build relationships with the students and to conduct themselves as role models, supporters, and resources to our students. In this way, all members of the community become a part of your child’s team and work in his or her best interest.