Psychological & Behavioral Consultation Services
EASTCONN’s Psychological & Behavioral Consultation Services Department offers assessment, consultation, and professional development in a variety of areas to support districts, programs, and individual student needs in maximizing student academic and behavioral outcomes.
Services are all characterized by the use of a consultative model of service delivery and by a commitment to using data-driven assessment and intervention to provide an effective continuum of support for students, teachers, teams, programs, and systems.
Cultivating Trauma-Sensitive Classroom Practices: A Resilience-Focused Professional Learning Webinar for All Educators
Now more than ever, trauma-sensitive practices are critical to promoting healthy engagement, positive relationships, and resilience among educators and their students. Developed by EASTCONN Psychological and Consultation Behavioral Services (PBC), this webinar will address the following:
- Learn about trauma-sensitive practices in schools, and why they are so important for students now
- Be exposed to three selected daily habits educators can use to build resilience for all students
- Identify at least one actionable, observable next step for your own practice, or for leading your school/district
For Companion Notes and more information, visit: Cultivating Trauma-Sensitive Classroom Practices: A Resilience-Focused Professional Learning Webinar for All Educators
Supporting Special Populations: Building Relationships and Maximizing Instruction
In an effort to provide ongoing support for educators, EASTCONN’s Psychological and Behavioral Consultation Department has developed a series of free webinars focusing on professional development for paraeducators. From “Every Kid Needs a Champion: Building Relationships with Challenging Students” to “Turning Evidence-Based Practices into Everyday Routines: Working Smarter, Not Harder”, these - and other - recorded webinars, materials and worksheets serve as valuable resources during, and beyond, the pandemic.
Helping Students Stay on Track: Managing Attention & Executive Functioning Difficulties During Distance Learning
Research has repeatedly shown that increased stress and multi-tasking make it difficult for all individuals to use executive functioning skills effectively. Designed for educators, these strategies can help the process, but before using them, please keep in mind that everyone we are working with (including the reader) is likely under a great deal of stress, facing uncertainty, and trying to manage many competing demands in new ways. As much as possible, consider incorporating these strategies into the materials/lessons being sent home instead of relying on parents and/or caregivers to implement strategies on their own.
Implementing Multi-Tiered Systems of Support to Improve Student Attendance
Child-motivated refusal to attend school or difficulty remaining in classes affects between 5-28% of students and has a significant correlation with a variety of negative outcomes including incarceration, drop out, poverty, and reduced social functioning, among other issues (Kearney, 2002).
School-based MTSS/MTBF teams, who are experts in utilizing systems, data, and practices to guide decision making, are in a unique position to promote improved outcomes for the more than 1 in 10 students in the United States (Chang, Bauer, & Byrnes, 2018) who are chronically absent.
This FREE comprehensive website includes tools for school-based personnel to proactively address this critical issue affecting our nation’s public schools including:
- Information on risk/protective factors associated with chronic absenteeism and school refusal behavior
- Strategies & tools to identify patterns and trends in attendance data to guide function-based interventions
- Comprehensive implementation guides for targeted function-based interventions to support students at risk
- Assessment and intervention resources to identify the function of school refusal behavior
Fostering Trauma Sensitive Practices in Schools - The Webinar
This six-part webinar includes an overview of foundational knowledge in the area of trauma and describes a variety of trauma sensitive practices that can be implemented in school settings to support student success. Participants will learn the definition, prevalence, and potential impact of trauma in children, become familiar with the traumatic stress response cycle, and learn how to create trauma sensitive environments that promote resilience via use of evidence-based approaches with students across the stages of the trauma stress response cycle.