SBT Referral Instructions
- Once a teacher has a concern, she should put some classroom interventions in place. They should be listed on the Referral form above the guidance section and can include: conferencing with the student, contacting parents, use of proximity control, modeling, peer support, basic reward/praise/consequences strategies, and ensuring that the child understands the classroom discipline plan (ClassDojo is great)
- If the teacher does not see improvement, she should contact the guidance counselor who should meet with the child (at least 3-5 times) to gain more insight into the behavior, as well as offer the child and family additional strategies to alleviate the concern. These sessions should be documented & marked confidential in ABE.
- If the concern is not alleviated and it is clear that the issue is mental health related, and not a normal developmental issue, the guidance counselor should complete their part of the referral form and discuss with the SBT.
Please note, if the child has a pre-existing DSM-5 diagnosis AND is exhibiting significant symptoms, the SBT may begin our Screening process with the child upon receiving parental consent; however, the REFERRAL FORM is still required.
Professional collaboration among teachers, guidance, school nurses, and SBT's is encouraged.
*If the child expresses suicidal or homicidal ideation, the child should be seen by the School-Based Therapist without delay. The school nurse should also be involved.
Counselor vs SBT on IEP's
Per Dr. Long, if the word "Counselor" is used on an IEP vs. SBT (BHC), the school Guidance Counselor is responsible for providing the counseling.
Lisa Spears, M.Ed, LPC
SBT Clinical Supervisor & Program Coordinator
James F. Reames Center
1806 E. National Cemetery Rd.
Florence, SC 29506