School Support Program

Focus on Recovery & Studies with the School Program

If you are a parent or guardian to an individual trying to work through a mental health disorder, you have extra weight on your shoulders: you want them to get the much-needed treatment they need but don’t want it to be at the expense of their schoolwork. Enter the Discovery Mood & Anxiety School Support Program. We focus on the mental health recovery that will in turn target the future success at school for years to come.

School Support Program Philosophy

At Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program, we treat mental health disorders in a real-life setting which includes continued focus on academic success for our adolescent patients. Coupled with our Discovery ESTEEM System™, we build confidence in young learners who may have struggled with their studies when trying to cope with mental health and social issues. In the School Support Program, patients can expect:

  • Allotted blocked-off time for school work within the residential and partial hospitalization treatment programs
  • Supervision and support from an on-site education liaison (outside tutors are welcome to schedule time with patients as well)
  • A small student-to-staff ratio
  • A collaborative effort between the education liaison and therapist so that they provide the best approach to learning and treatment
  • A school reintegration plan individualized to your child’s needs
  • A safe and clean environment that’s compliant with our own COVID Clean Commitment policy, modeled after CDC recommendations
  • Virtual sessions to adhere to local guidelines when needed (varies by location)

The Discovery Approach to Academic Reintegration: Assess & Address

As with most of our programs, a patient will be in treatment for approximately 30 days. During this time, our primary goal is to provide your child with the highest level of therapeutic treatment to help them manage their mental health. Without that, reintegration back into the classroom won’t be successful. Our approach to the reintegration of academics is by first conducting an assessment of your child’s current academic plan and how this contributes to their mental health needs. Next, we move into addressing this by identifying ways to manage, mitigate and resolve these factors to ensure a smooth reintegration back to their school to help them get back on track academically, socially and emotionally.

Phase I: Assess

Here’s what to expect during the assessment phase:

  • You and your child are initially assessed by a clinician on the day of admission to get an initial understanding of the patient’s academic situation/standing.
  • Within the first 72 hours, we do another assessment to identify your child’s strengths/areas of growth, goals, barriers to their education, any accommodations that may be needed while in treatment and motivations for success with academics. After that, a short assessment is conducted on how they view themselves academically.
  • We typically encourage patients to stay enrolled in their local school district to support an easy transition back to school when the time arises. If this cannot occur, we look to enroll them in a local school district’s home hospital program or credit recovery program, or identify a different option that best supports and meets your child’s needs (i.e., online schools, private schools, etc.).

Phase II: Address

Here’s what occurs as we address the situation:

  • Our education liaison checks in with your child weekly and communicates with you and their school to discuss their academic progress.
  • Our education liaison and your child’s therapist may speak with you regarding your child’s possible needs and will help you identify specific resources, such as how to request for an individualized education plan (IEP) evaluation for your child.
  • As your child nears discharge, the education liaison creates a re-entry plan to share with you and your child to help prepare for reintegration back to home and school. This plan lists out supportive peers/adults at school, provides coping skills they can use at school, ways to identify triggers or symptoms when they are struggling and more. The plan is shared with you so ​that you can provide ​this to the school so that they can better support ​your child when they are struggling and follow up on goals/motivations for success. Lastly, they are given the same assessment questions from their initial assessment to see any improvements/changes to their own assessment of themselves academically.

A Day in the Life of the School Support Program

Our schedule creates a great balance between personalized treatment, group therapy and time to study. Here’s a sample of what a day in the residential School Support Program may look like (schedules vary by program, as well as by region):

Morning to mid-morning

  • Group mealtime
  • Individual treatment
  • Education block

Afternoon

  • Group mealtime
  • Group therapy
  • Education block

Evening

  • Group mealtime
  • Extracurricular activity and/or family session
  • Homework block

A Day in the Life of the School Support Program

Our schedule creates a great balance between personalized treatment, group therapy and time to study. Here’s a sample of what a day in the residential School Support Program may look like (schedules vary by program, as well as by region):


Morning to mid-morning

  • Group mealtime
  • Individual treatment
  • Education block


Afternoon

  • Group mealtime
  • Group therapy
  • Education block


Evening

  • Group mealtime
  • Extracurricular activity and/or family session
  • Homework block

Meet Our School Support Leader

Peter Fowler, LPCC
Director of Education

Peter is a licensed professional clinical counselor. Prior to becoming a therapist, Peter spent two years as a high school history teacher in New York City. It was during this time that he recognized the unique needs of adolescents and became more focused on their individual growth. Currently, Peter is the Director of Education for Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program. Peter had served in various capacities for Discovery since 2013, from being a mental health technician and therapist to a program director and executive program director for the substance use facilities in Long Beach, California. In addition, Peter has over 15 years of experience working with adolescents in other capacities, including youth organizations and summer camps.

Peter loves helping adolescents navigate the difficulties of this stage of life to get on a path that leads to physical, emotional, mental and spiritual healthiness and personal success. His goal is to create a safe environment where he can work with the patient on developing self-awareness of their strengths and needs and identify healthy short- and long-term goals. Peter also loves helping families reconnect and grow together after years of chaos and pain. With his roles focused on the education aspect of treatment, Peter hopes to support Discovery programs and families by ensuring they receive support on getting their academic needs met and understanding how to navigate through this process when mental health struggles are involved as well. During his free time, Peter enjoys all things outdoors, from playing volleyball to running, hiking and surfing, and also loves spending time with his family.

Stay on Track with Our School Support Program

We pride ourselves in being a champion for mental health disorder recovery and keeping patients on track to meet their education needs. Our low patient-to-staff ratio, dedication to safety, personalized care and ESTEEM System approach make the School Support Program the ideal environment for the child in your life. We’re here to help them reach all their recovery goals for a lifetime of success.

For more information about the School Support Program, call 714.828.0808.

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