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7116 Office Park Drive
West Chester, OH 45069
(513) 785-6900

Michael Geselbracht
Program Director

Union Day Therapeutic SchoolButler County Educational Service Center (BCESC) has entered into a collaborative partnership with Talbert House, an experienced mental health service agency, to serve children and adolescents who are experiencing serious emotional, behavioral and/or academic problems. Students at Union Day Therapeutic School (UDTS) participate in specialized programming that integrate their educational and therapeutic needs to foster their social, emotional, behavioral and academic development. Therapeutic interventions provided follow a nationally recognized cognitive-behavioral milieu management model.

Butler County ESC provides the teaching staff and Talbert House provides the clinical staff. Students in grades 1-12 must be referred to the Union Day Therapeutic School by their home district. Transportation is provided through each student’s home district. The goal for each student is to successfully return to their home district.

Union Day Therapeutic School strives to develop a positive, therapeutic environment that includes the family, the educational staff and the behavioral health staff as partners.

What Union Day Therapeutic School Offers
An academic program aligned with the Ohio State Standards and a child’s home school district taught by highly qualified and licensed special education teachers.

Intensive therapeutic services including assessment, individual and group therapies, community psychiatric support services, and a treatment environment which emphasizes cognitive and social skills development.

Daily services provided by a professional and experienced clinical team including licensed clinical counselors and social workers.

A board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist provides weekly consultations and medication management services to students and their families as well as consultation to staff.

Individualized behavior management plans using a 4-tier level system for each student. Program staff collaborates with the student's team regarding diagnosis, medication management, and reduction of symptoms.

The students engage in an academically challenging curriculum emphasizing group instruction and hands-on activities. The goal is to work with students to build on their strengths and gifts and be allies with them in their struggle against the challenges and obstacles that get in the way of their success. The environment is based on a positive, nurturing model, where natural consequences for behaviors are frequently utilized. The Teaching Family Model is a behavior modification system that avoids using restrictive and/or punitive methods of behavioral management. Therapeutic holding (restraint) is only employed as a last resort, when the child is determined to be a danger to him/her or others.

Academics - Teachers use a variety of learning methods including blended learning to create individualized curriculum that assesses student’s strengths and academic delays. The four academic core areas (math, English, science, and social studies) are teacher taught and all elective classes are taught through a computerized program called Apex. This software is aligned with the new state testing requirements for academic year 2016-2017. Teachers create lesson plans based on each students' Individualized Education Plan (IEP) goals and objectives and progress is measured on a quarterly basis. The primary objective is to help students learn the maximum amount of curriculum, bringing them to the ultimate goal of high school graduation.

Individual Therapy - Therapeutic services are an integral part of your student’s day. Each student is assigned to an individual therapist, who will meet with him/her a minimum of one time per week. These sessions will focus on a wide variety of issues, including the presenting issue/concern, increasing levels of self-awareness, problem solving, communication and relationship skills.

Group Therapy - Group therapy is provided three to five times weekly depending on grade level. These sessions are designed to address coping skills such as anger management/frustration tolerance, relationship issues, relaxation skills, interpersonal communication, and emotional regulation.

Family Involvement - Family involvement is seen as an essential component in your child’s treatment at Union Day Therapeutic School. The individual therapist assigned to your child will expect to meet with guardian/key family members at least once per month. Primary goals include completion of the Social/Developmental History, improving communication and listening skills between family members, identifying mutual goals and accompanying plan for success, and any other specific concerns you feel would be helpful to address in family meetings.

Community Psychiatric Support Services - Members of the clinical team serve as case managers to our students and families. Case managers assist in the school environment, educational groups, and serve as a liaison between the treatment program, the community and the home. They help to communicate, advocate, and ensure full communication and understanding is present for our families.

Referral Information
Parents and guardians should contact their child's home school for more detailed enrollment information to Union Day Therapeutic School.

File Downloads




August 18, 2015 Testimony
Cari Wynne, Supervisor
Butler County Educational Service Center Success Program


Special March 2016 Governing Board Meeting
Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Special July 2015 Governing Board Meeting
Monday, July 6, 2015


400 North Erie Blvd, Suite A
Hamilton, Ohio 45011
(513) 887-3710