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School Year Program During COVID-19

Therapy at Aris Clinic

Patients receive three hours of group therapy daily conducted over telehealth video conference with breaks in between. Each day includes a Therapeutic Process Group, a Therapeutic Skills Group using an acceptance and commitment therapy curriculum, and a Psychoeducation Group. All groups are interactive for each group member. We use technology tools to convey therapeutic material in an engaging way. Group sizes are limited to 10 members for grades 7-12 and 6 members for grades K-6.

In addition to group therapy, our program includes:

  • Psychiatry sessions as needed 1-3 times per week via telehealth
  • Individual therapy as needed via telehealth
  • Weekly family therapy via telehealth

School at Aris Clinic

We collaborate with local school districts to incorporate regular schooling into the daily IOP. By providing schooling within the therapeutic programming, our team can teach strategies for acceptance and healthy routines, and clarify a patient’s diagnosis, treatment and discharge readiness.

Distance learning educational services using NE Metro 916 curriculum and general/special education teachers are provided. Low student to teacher ratio (14:1 for grades 7 – 12 and 6:1 for grades K – 6) with frequent teacher interaction is provided to support students with educational needs. NE Metro 916 teachers will coordinate appropriate courses and learning materials and support each student through individual daily check-ins and instruction time while district educational services are in a Distance Learning model.

Services Continue Using Telehealth

How School at Aris Clinic Works

Northeast Metro 916 is committed to providing high quality services for our members and other partners in education, including educational services in care and treatment programs.

Parents are asked to sign a Release of Information (ROI) so that school contact may be made. The teachers work closely with home schools to ensure students continue with the curriculum their home school would like the student to focus on. Students in grades 9-12 can continue to pursue their studies from their home high school under the guidance of the 916 teachers or they can use the 916’s curriculum, which is aligned to Minnesota state standards. In addition, there is a strong partnership with the Aris Clinic staff to maintain balance of academics and each student’s treatment goals.

Prior to discharging from the program, the educational team coordinates a school staffing to invite the family and staff from the patient’s home school to review treatment progress, recommendations for continued care, and any changes made to the individual education plan (IEP). Aris Clinic and teaching staff may consult with the patient’s home school if an alternative educational placement is recommended after IOP treatment.

1 in 5 children ages 13-18 in the U.S. need mental health services; only 20% are likely to receive professional help

Source: National Institute of Mental Health