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Psychological and Behavioral Consultation

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.

Supporting Special Populations: Building Relationships and Maximizing Instruction

A Webinar Series for Para Educators during COVID-19

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.

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

Visit the Improve Student Attendance Website 

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.

To view a specific module, use the links below:

Module 1: Introduction to Child Traumatic Stress

Module 2: The Neurobiology of Trauma

Module 3: The Traumatic Stress Response Cycle

Module 4: Extending the Calm Phase

Module 5: Strategies to Minimize Triggers and Respond to Agitation and Acceleration

Module 6: Strategies to Maintain Safety during Peak, De-Escalation, and Recovery