REACH School Program

Since 2014, Springfield Psychological has partnered with school districts to provide intensive, school-based support through the Resiliency, Empowerment, And Creating Hope Program (REACH). Currently in place in Upper Merion Area School District and Methacton School District, REACH is a unique and comprehensive program designed to meet the needs of at-risk students. Two behavioral health specialists are assigned to the schools full-time to provide daily group therapy and weekly individual therapy to identified students who are at risk. REACH is a cutting-edge program that enhances student responsibility, increases emotional regulation, and cultivates academic success while maintaining students in their regular academic setting. As part of REACH, students and schools receive:

  • Daily group therapy utilizing empirically supported treatments, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Weekly individual therapy to address social and emotional health, as well as academic achievement
  • Family therapy and additional referral services as needed
  • Systemic collaboration with school administration and teachers
  • Professional development sessions for school staff
  • Coordination with outside or community supports
  • 24/7 crisis services through crisis support phone

Springfield Psychological’s REACH program has demonstrated ongoing success in achieving positive outcomes with students and families. School districts who are currently utilizing this program have significantly lowered costs by maintaining students in their regular school setting rather than traditionally placing students in costly alternative school programs. Students and families have access to highly trained clinicians who work closely with the entire school team to support student success. Additional benefits for students and schools include:

  • Increase in academic performance
  • Reduction in absenteeism/lateness
  • Reduction in depression and anxiety symptoms
  • Significant reduction in discipline referrals
  • Successful transition back into school from higher levels of treatment
  • Strengthening of relationship between student and school

School can be a time of increased stress for many students and the REACH program allows students to feel supported, cared for, and valued. Participants are able to engage with other students and feel connected to their educational community, perhaps for the very first time. To learn more about REACH and discuss how it could benefit your district, please contact Troy Brindle Vice-President at 610-544-2110.