Boystown skills are the backbone of our Intensive Behavior Classes. Our team of expert Behavior Specialists and most of the counseling staff have been trained in Boystown as a means of behavior modification and classroom management.
This program is a token economy system that concentrates on frequent positive interaction and reinforcement of positive behaviors. Once mastered by the student, the results of this program are nothing short of remarkable.
Teen Lifeline is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization that is referred by courts, schools, churches and other agencies in the community. Teen Lifeline currently provides group counseling in multiple locations in the mid-cities area including the Metroport Teen Court in Southlake.
There are currently five areas of concentration for group work available to youth through Teen Lifeline: Grief, Anger, Teen of Divorce, Substance Use, and Life Skills.
Currently the more general "Life Skills" group are being utilized in DAEP. In these groups students will learn about personal resources, self-esteem, life trials, positive coping skills, and more that will equip them for their futures.
ROPES is an acronym for Reality Oriented Physical Experiences. ROPES is widely used in corporate America, educational settings, and is renowned as the key element of the last two days of US Marine Corp bootcamp's "Crucible" where young Marines are challenged to work not as individuals, but as a unit.
ROPES is one of the tools we use extensively in our effort to advance the District's beliefs about our Community of Respect Everywhere or CORE.
ROPES can be High or low courses. High courses often require climbing harnesses, repelling gear and other physically challenging equipment. Low courses or "challenges" consist of scaled down equipment, much of which can be used indoors, even in classrooms. At present, the equipment we have at the SLC is all low or challenge type equipment that we utilize for every student who comes through the DAEP, many SLC students, faculty/staff, and loan out to other campuses in the district.
Equipment has been purchased through various funding methods including grants from the Birdville Education Foundation.
Why Try is a program designed with students from elementary through high school in mind. Originally selected for use in DAEP, Why Try was quickly recognized for it's effectiveness in working with dropout prevention, violence prevention, drug and alcohol prevention, truancy reduction, failure reduction, and for spreading the anti-bullying message. The efficacy of the program made it an easy choice to begin using it during advisory periods at the SLC.
We are proud to be able (thanks to CORE funding)to have Christian Moore, LCSW, founder of Why Try as a special assembly speaker at SLC on Thursday, September 8 in our Auditorium. 6th and 7th grade classes from HMS and RMS will be attending this special assembly along with SLC and DAEP students.
Additionally, the Municipal Court of NRH has recently established a partnership with the District Student Services Department to provide Why Try programming to youth who have been accepted in their First Offender's program.
As a matter of standard business, all students on the SLC campus have individual counseling available to them on a daily basis. Additionally, through Why Try and ROPES, groups are held weekly.
In DAEP, we utilize a community resource, Teen Lifeline to conduct groups in both middle school and high school on a weekly basis.