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When a student is accepted to NewHope Academy, NewHope takes responsibility to provide appropriate and efficient mental health care within an educational setting. All students at NewHope Academy are assigned a therapist. Therapists at NewHope are either licensed Clinical Psychlogists or doctorate level post-graduate trainees finishing their supervision as a requirement to earning their license.

Following a 45-day assessment period, the therapist develops a comprehensive initial therapy report (with therapy IEP goals) that includes the social and developmental history of the student. Therapists develop this report utilizing input from NewHope staff, reviewing student files, conducting parent interviews, and observing the student within the school environment.

The following is a list of duties of a NewHope therapist:

  • Therapy services
  • Monitoring students within the environment
  • Communication of the student's needs

Treatment Model

  • Multi-context treatment approach (in session, at home, in the classroom)
  • Collaborative goal development with the student and his/her family
  • Required family participation in treatment
  • Focus on emotion-management skills
  • Individualized and group social skill development