The BrookView Program
BrookView, our special services unit for students needing a smaller setting, or
more "hard to serve" criteria, is designed to provide intensive and comprehensive services
through a multi-disciplinary team to ensure the physical and emotional well being of
students. This program is a venue for working with students who have demonstrated
an inability to comply with the expectations of a mainstream social setting. Consequently,
these students need specialized services to achieve stability and/or prepare for
community living. Interventions will be implemented for symptom reduction and
promoting a healthy and safe environment. Students enrolled in the BrookView Program
generally attend school in either a 6:1:1 classroom, and may have a history of
increased mental health needs, perhaps including a past need for psychiatric hospitalization.
Students are provided the opportunity to form a positive relationship with staff to
develop skills necessary for healthy decision-making. While a commitment to behavioral
change is essential at the onset, the ultimate goal is to assist the student to generalize
their ability to form a trusting relationship to other people in their life. The student's
progress is measured by the degree to which they acquire the skills necessary for healthy
interpersonal communication. Individualized tracking sheets are utilized to identify
specific choices that prevent the development of healthy bonds. Life Space Interviews
are used to assist the student in evaluating the quality of his choices and to develop
alternative strategies to meet basic core needs.
Strength Based Model
Students and their primary care system will be recognized for their strengths and said
strengths will be used as a foundation for meeting treatment goals. Master treatment
plans and tracking forms will include an identification of qualities to be honored and
incorporated in our work with students.
The professional staff operates under specific assumptions that guide our work with
- The only person we can control is our self.
- All we can give another person is information.
- All enduring challenges are rooted in the quality of the primary relationships.
- Although choices in the past contribute to what we are today, we can make different
choices in the present to meet our core needs in a way that is satisfying and rewarding.