The BrookView Program

Student Profile

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.

Program Overview

Relationship Management

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.

Choice-Based Model

The professional staff operates under specific assumptions that guide our work with students:
  • 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.