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Board Certified Behavior Analyst
 
A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) is a master’s level clinician who applies behavior analytic principles to improve socially significant behavior to a meaningful degree.  Behavior analysts serve many roles in the public school setting.  They complete Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA) in order to determine the variables that are maintaining behavior as well as to determine individual student needs.  Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP) are written to provide guidelines and structure for increasing and/or decreasing behaviors.  Behavior analysts develop and oversee programming based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and conduct initial and ongoing training for ABA technicians.  Rigorous data collection is ongoing and it is the behavior analysts’ job to monitor student progress and adjust programming as necessary.  Consultation is provided to parents, teachers and support staff on an as-needed basis.
How are students referred to the behavior analyst?
Teachers or administrators may refer students for behavior analytic services.  Occasionally a parent may request assistance with a student’s behavior if it is determined that the behavior is impeding their ability to effectively access the curriculum.  Once a referral is made to the behavior analyst he or she meets with the concerned party to determine the behavior of interest and a suitable plan of action.  Oftentimes, observation and simple data collection will help to identify an appropriate plan to treat the behavior.  Functional Behavior Assessments are competed in compliance with state-mandated regulations.   
What is ABA?
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is an applied science that is used to effect meaningful changes in people’s lives.  ABA is often associated with the treatment of autism and as a methodology has produced favorable results and substantial gains for individuals and families living with autism.  Over the past several decades however, ABA has been used with a variety of individuals to treat a wide range of behaviors and to teach skills.  ABA programs involve the use of direct observation and measurement of behavior to determine the relationship between behaviors, antecedent stimuli and consequences.
How to contact the Behavior Analyst:
Julia Fredette
Phone: 508-376-7021
Email:  jfredette@millisps.org

School Psychologist
The School Psychologist evaluates the needs of students within the school system. These assessments may include, but are not limited to: cognitive, personality, risk-assessment, memory, attention, executive function, behavior, and emotional status. The School Psychologist works with the Special Education TEAM to provide eligibility determination for disabilities associated with Special Education services.
The School Psychologist provides individual and group counseling to regular education students as well as students on Individual Education Programs. The use of cognitive, play, personal interviews, behavior plans, incentive programs and other psychological methods is used to help students achieve personal, social, emotional and academic adjustment. Crisis intervention is also employed for students at risk. The School Psychologist offers specialized groups addressing topics such as divorce as well.
The School Psychologist consults with classroom teachers and parents to provide academic motivation and educational success. Observations, data collection/interpretation and diagnostic studies are conducted to identify student’s needs to help the TEAM determine an individual’s strengths, weaknesses and learning styles within the educational setting.
How to contact the School Pschologist:
Jaclyn Munio
Phone: 508-328-2700
Email:  jmunio@millisps.org

School Adjustment Counselors
The Role of the School Adjustment Counselor is to provide social, emotional, and personal support to students.  Students meet individually or in small groups with the School Adjustment Counselor, though services may include meetings or consultations with parents, teachers, administrators, or community health providers to address concerns that may potentially affect a student’s success in school.  The Counselor is certified by the Massachusetts Department of Education as well as the Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure.. 
How are students referred to the School Adjustment Counselor?
Parents may contact the Adjustment Counselor to refer their child if they have a concern or would like to discuss a concern with the Counselor.  In addition, teachers or administrators may refer students for counseling services.  Students may request to meet with the Counselor if they need support or have a concern they would like to talk about.  To refer your child, you may contact the Adjustment Counselor directly or notify your child’s teacher.
What services are offered at Millis Middle School and High School?
Individual and small groups for students
Lunch groups
Bullying prevention lessons
Stress and anxiety management lessons
The Screening for Mental Health Suicide Prevention Program
Social skills groups
Parent consultations
Crisis intervention and conflict resolution
Referrals and resources to community agencies
SOS: Signs of Suicide Program
SOS Signs of Suicide® programs are depression awareness and suicide prevention programs that can be implemented in one or more classroom periods by school staff. The programs’ primary objectives are to educate youth that depression is a treatable illness and to equip them to respond to a potential suicide in a friend or family member using the SOS technique. SOS is an action-oriented approach instructing students how to ACT (Acknowledge, Care and Tell) in the face of a mental health emergency. The SOS programs also provide education materials for youth, parents, and school staff. This program is being implemented in grades 7, 10, and 12. Families can read more about SOS by visiting the Screening for Mental Health website: www.mentalhealthscreening.org
Who are the Millis Middle/High School Adjustment Counselors?
My name is Gabrielle Siraco. I have worked in the field of social work for 10 years in education, individual, group and family therapy, parent education, adolescent residential treatment, crisis management, and suicide prevention.  My Masters degree is in Clinical Social Work.  I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), and fully certified as a School Adjustment Counselor. In addition, I am trained in Narrative Therapy, Non Violent Crisis Intervention, CPR and use of AED.
My name is Keri Reardon and I have worked in the field of Education since 1997 both as a teacher and social worker.  I am a Licensed Certifield Social Worker (LCSW), a licensed School Adjustment Counselor and a licensed Teacher.  My social work skills have been honed through working with students and families in school settings,  working with victims of domestic violence, and through work with community organizations helping at-risk children and families.  I have worked extensively with children with emotional and behavioral deficits and am certified in non-violent crisis intervention and CPR.
How to contact the Millis Middle/HighSchool Adjustment Counselors:
The Adjustment Counselors are available most weekdays between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm.
Keri Reardon
Phone: 508-376-1210
Email:  kreardon@millisps.org
Gabrielle Siraco
Phone: 508-376-7034
Email:  gsiraco@millisps.org
What services are offered at Clyde Brown?
Individual and small groups for students
Lunch bunches
Community building activities for the classroom
Bullying prevention lessons
Open Circle Classroom Consultation
Social skills groups
Parent consultations
Open Circle Parent Program
Crisis intervention and conflict resolution
Referrals and resources to community agencies
Open Circle Classroom Consultation
Open Circle is a school-wide initiative that fosters safe, challenging, and joyful learning in classrooms and throughout the school.  The Open Circle approach is utilized in schools across New England and is designed to combine social, emotional, and academic strategies to create a safe and positive learning environment where children can thrive.  Weekly meetings are the main components of Open Circle where students have an opportunity to practice and enhance their social skills and community building on a regular basis.  The School Adjustment Counselor is trained in Open Circle and available for consultation.  Families can read more about Open Circle by visiting the website:  www.open-circle.org
Bullying Prevention Program
Bullying Prevention at Clyde Brown is addressed in K-4th grade classes through the Bully Proofing Your School curriculum. Bully Proofing Your School teaches students to recognize, refuse, and report bullying behavior and provides an opportunity for students to practice assertiveness skills utilizing adventure-based activities and role-plays.  The School Adjustment Counselor facilitates these lessons and is available for consultation to discuss prevention strategies.
Who is the Clyde Brown Adjustment Counselor?
My name is April Leman. I have worked in the field of social work for over 20 years in education, individual, group and family therapy, parent education, psychiatric rehabilitation, crisis management, and suicide prevention.  My Masters degree is in Clinical Social Work.  I am a licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), and fully certified as a School Adjustment Counselor. In addition, I am trained in Open Circle, Non Violent Crisis Intervention, First Aid, CPR and use of AED.
How to contact the Clyde Brown School Adjustment Counselor:
The Adjustment Counselor is available most weekdays between 8:30 and 3 pm.
Phone: 508-376-7021
Email:  aleman@millisps.org

High School Guidance Counselor
Who are the Guidance Counselors?
Erika Warren - ewarren@millisps.org
Grade 9 (2017): Adams - Koistinen
Grade 10 (2016): Artis - LaPlante
Grade 11 (2015): Almeida - Kilmartin
Grade 12 (2014): Ahl - Jubb
Mark Awdycki - mawdycki@millisps.org
Grade 9 (2017): Lazare - Wierzbicki
Grade 10 (2016): Laporte - Wosny
Grade 11 (2015): Koistinen - Zitoli
Grade 12 (2014): Kelly - Zarrella
Services Offered
Academic Counseling: Counselors work with students throughout the high school to help provide programs that suit their academic needs. They also help students with college and/or career planning. Counselors interface with students, parents, and teachers regarding academic issues needing attention. Parent conferences, pre-referral team meetings, and weekly progress reports are examples of these services. Continuing emphasis is placed on developing improved communication, organizational, and time management skills.
Post Secondary Planning-College/Career Counseling: Counselors guide students through the college application process, helping them link their strengths and interests to colleges and careers. Information is given regarding college admissions, requirements and organizing the college search.
Personal Counseling: Counselors provide support for students with personal problems and concerns. Conversations with students are confidential UNLESS the student is being abused or is at risk of hurting himself/herself or others.
Seminars/Groups: The Guidance Department conducts seminars to discuss topics relevant to each grade level.
Parent Nights: Parent nights are currently held for all four grades. Helpful information on relevant topics is discussed and distributed at Parent Nights.
STAT (Student Teacher Assistance Team): Counselors meet regularly with the principal, the school nurse, school adjustment counselor, school psychologist and selected faculty members regarding student progress or concerns. Parental comments and concerns are always welcome.
Contact Info:
Millis High School Counseling Department
245 Plain Street
Millis, MA 02054
School Counseling Phone: 508-376-7023 / School Counseling Fax: 508-376-7020

 

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