“Did you know”, is a monthly e-publication to Summit families that covers various clinical philosophies, standards and practices concerning the treatment and well-being of all students. Summit’s therapeutic team attempt to individualize treatment for each student’s special needs while maintaining a school-wide standard that serves the good of the whole community. The entire clinical team meets weekly to discuss and collaborate the various issues of treatment that arise. These informational tidbits are an opportunity for parents to learn more about the Summit “process” and the recipe of clinical supports and interventions that lead to each student’s success. M. Stemborski, LCPC, LAC
Topic: Clinical Supervision
Every week for a total of three hours, the entire clinical department meets as a group for Clinical Supervision. This time is utilized for reviewing, discussing, and problem-solving the therapeutic process of all the students, their families, and the well-being of the community as a whole. Although a primary therapist is designated to each team, they are not expected to carry the entire team’s therapeutic needs on their own. Each member of the clinical staff has specialties and experiences that can be shared to best serve all the students at Summit. Also included is Dr. Vic Houser, Summit Psychiatrist, who coordinates with all the teams providing medication management and psychiatric insights. Dr. Vic has been with Summit since the doors opened, creating an intimate feeling amongst the clinical staff. Complete therapist biography’s and video snippets can be found on our website to help families get to know all the therapeutic staff.
“Each student and their family may only communicate with a primary therapist but in truth they are being guided by an entire clinical team”. Good to know!
Topic: Individualized Care
“One size does not fit all” is one way to describe the Summit Prep approach to treatment. The question that follows this philosophy is; how can we individualize treatment to meet the unique dynamics of each student and family WHILE preserving the integrity and structure of the entire Summit Program?
There are some Summit rules and expectations that are non-negotiable and crucial to the safety and well-being of the milieu. On the other hand, there are special circumstances of each student’s process that needs to be addressed on an individual approach to assure the progress of treatment. Then there are gray areas in-between that require a team approach as opposed to the decision of a single therapist. When a Summit wide guideline or rule is altered to accommodate one student, the entire staffing community is affected. These decisions need to be weighed carefully and communicated efficiently. Individual therapists do not have the authority to make acceptations without the team consent. Many times, it is a therapist, RC, or teacher that is making these individualized recommendations. Every special request is discussed and clinically evaluated between all the departments to find the ongoing balance between modesty and specialty.