Student Assistance Program
Student Assistance Coordinator: Tom Kersting
GOAL: To provide leadership
in the development of substance abuse prevention, intervention and referral
in the school and to coordinate these activities with community agencies
B. Staff Consultation:
- Provide short-term individual and/or group counseling for students
with substance abuse, behavioral or emotional concerns.
- Address the needs of students in crisis at the request of the building
principal and in accordance with district procedures.
- Provide intervention, recommendation for referral and follow-up support
for those students placed in out-patient or residential treatment programs.
- Work in cooperation with treatment facility, counselors, parents,
school personnel and students in developing and following through with
the aftercare plan for students placed in residential or out-patient
- Facilitate conferences with parents or child’s guardian to review,
discuss and/or implement appropriate steps and stages of intervention
- Promote a pro-active approach for students in abstaining from substance
use through the implementation of a variety of programs and activities.
(i.e., TNT Program, Student Ambassador Program, Speakers, Municipal Alliances, various other programs )
C. Student and Parent Orientation:
- Serve as a resource to district personnel on substance awareness/abuse
issues as well as mental and behavioral health issues.
- Assist with the development and review of policies and procedures
regarding drugs and alcohol use, substance abuse and chemical health
education, and recommends changes to the administration.
- Assist the administration in the implementation of substance abuse
policies including, but not limited to student drug testing.
- Assist in the identification and review of instructional materials
for possible purchase and use.
- Provide information to students and parents concerning the Student
- Meet with students in various classes (i.e., Health, Psychology) to discuss stress and anxiety issues, substance abuse awareness and to familiarize
them with the Student Assistance Program.
- Plan and implement, in cooperation with district personnel, community agencies and parent groups, programs related to substance
awareness and other concerns.
- Assist in the coordination of supplemental programs like guest speakers and health agencies
for student awareness and support.
D. Intervention & Referral Services and 504
F. Professional Development:
- Serves as a representative on the I&RS committee and assists in 504 implementation.
G. School and Community Relations:
- Maintain professional standards through readings, attendance at conferences,
workshops, memberships in professional organizations and other relevant
activities in accordance with district guidelines.
- Maintain a continuing review of statutes and codes related to drug
and alcohol programming.
- Provide training for school staff in intervention and referral procedures.
- Serve as a member of the Franklin Lanes and Oakland Municipal Alliance Committees.
- Provide coordination of school-based prevention programs with community-based
- Active participation as a school
liaison to appropriate community, county and state groups and organizations
in accordance with district procedures.
- Work in cooperation with resources available within the school district
(i.e. child study team, guidance counselors, administration, teachers, nurse, etc.)
- Strive to establish cooperative relations and make reasonable effort
to communicate with parents as necessary.
- Cooperate and shares professionally with members of the staff.
- Maintain and regularly updates a directory of referral services to
be utilized in crisis situations affecting students.
- Serve as a member of the school-community Crisis Intervention Team.
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