Union Day Therapeutic School
7116 Office Park Dr. | West Chester, OH 45069
Butler County Educational Service Center (BCESC) has an established, 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 needs. Students at Union Day Therapeutic School participate in specialized programming that integrates their educational and therapeutic needs to foster social, emotional, behavioral and academic development. Therapeutic interventions provided follow a nationally-recognized, cognitive-behavioral Milieu Management Model.
Teaching staff is facilitated by BCESC while Talbert House provides clinical staff support. Students in grades 1-12 must be referred to 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, educational staff and behavioral health staff as integrated partners.
Our program provides:
- Academics aligned with the Ohio State Standards 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 that emphasizes cognitive and social skill development.
- Daily services from a professional and experienced clinical team including licensed clinical counselors and social workers.
- Weekly consultations and medication management services for students and their families from staff and a board-certified child and adolescent nurse practitioner.
- Individualized behavior management plans using a four-tier level system for each student. Program staff collaborates with the student's team regarding diagnosis, medication management and reduction of symptoms.
- An academically-challenging curriculum that emphasizes group instruction and engages students in hands-on activities. Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) serves as the guiding model and is an evidenced-based, tiered framework utilized to improve and connect practices, data, and establish common language, which impacts student success. Staff is trained via The Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) in non-violent crisis intervention, including de-escalation techniques.
Teachers use a variety of learning methods including blended learning to create individualized curriculum that assesses students’ strengths and academic delays. The four academic core areas (math, English, science, and social studies) are teacher taught and most elective classes are taught through a computerized program called APEX. This software is aligned with the new state testing requirements. Teachers create lesson plans based on students’ Individualized Education Plan (IEP) goals. The primary objective is to help students learn the maximum amount of curriculum and social skills, bringing them to the ultimate goal of high school graduation.
Therapeutic services are an integral part of a student’s day. Each student is assigned to an individual therapist who will meet with him/her a minimum of once a 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 is provided three to five times weekly dependent upon 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 is considered an essential component of a child’s treatment at Union Day Therapeutic School. The individual therapist assigned to each child will expect to meet with guardian/key family members at least once a month. Primary goals include completion of the Social/Developmental History, improving communication and listening skills between family members, identifying mutual goals and an 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 home. They help to communicate, advocate and ensure full communication and understanding is present for each of our families.
Assistant Director of Alternative Education, Butler County Educational Service Center
Associate Director, Talbert House