Social Worker Services
Bethel Park High School offers Social Work support services for students such as Individual, Group, and Family sessions. These sessions are tailored to support academic, social, and emotional success.
Individual Sessions are geared to help students that are dealing with a broad range of life stressors, particularly relating to social, emotional, or behavioral concerns. Group Sessions are offered on an "as needed" basis. Family sessions may be requested by the Family to discuss any issues occurring at home and/or in school or to simply discuss the student(s) progress. Additionally, the Social Worker can provide referrals for outside programs and/or services, if needed or requested. All services and referrals are kept confidential.
The student’s teacher, nurse, principal, and/or specialized teacher can refer the student for services. The parent can also refer the student for services by contacting the Social Worker. The Social Worker, administration, faculty, and staff will work collectively in creating a plan to best support each individual student.
Students may be seen between once a week to once a month based on need throughout the school year. I utilize an integrative approach across several therapeutic modalities. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Person-Centered Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Existential Therapy (ET), Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET), and Motivational Interviewing (MI) integrated with Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) techniques are primarily used.
Cognitive Behavioral therapy is a therapeutic technique which serves as a way for students to discover the connection between thoughts, emotions, and actions and to become more attuned in responding to difficult life "stressors and challenges" in a positive, appropriate way.
For that reason, a safe, confidential, and caring environment is created which allows the student to explore and strive toward becoming active participants in reflecting how they think about themselves and others. Students will also become empowered in being able to become stronger in their decision-making skills.
James Yackuboskey, MSCP
BPHS Social Worker