Therapeutic Services

Buckner Alternative High School is fortunate to have a therapeutic program in the school. Shannon Cook, MSSW, CSW is available to meet with students individually or in groups throughout the school day.

The BAHS therapeutic program is designed as a supportive component within the school setting. Shannon can provide individual and group services in order for students to capitalize on their potential for learning both in and out of the classroom. Our goal is to help the student succeed. Students have the opportunity to talk with someone about the tough challenges, choices, and issues that they may face as teens, in a safe respectful environment. The BAHS therapist works with families and can work with other professionals in the student's life in order to help the student create the best environment for success possible.

While each individual student will have specific goals and needs some general goals for the therapeutic program are for students to:

  • Feel in control of their emotions and actions
  • Behave in a way that will lead to success and get needs met
  • Explore options when things get difficult
  • Plan for continued success
  • Problem solve effectively
  • Resolve conflicts peacefully and effectively
  • Manage their stress effectively

August 28, 2019 - Letter to Parents/Guardians 

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Dear Parent or Guardian:

The adolescent years are marked by a roller-coaster ride of emotions—difficult for students and their parents. It is easy to misread depression as normal adolescent turmoil; however, depression (among the most common of mental illnesses) appears to be occurring at a much earlier age. Depression—which is treatable—is a leading risk factor for suicide. 

To proactively address this, Buckner Alternative High School is offering depression awareness and suicide prevention education as part of the SOS Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program. The program encourages students to seek help if they are concerned about themselves or a friend. The SOS Program is the only youth suicide prevention program that has demonstrated an improvement in students’ knowledge and adaptive attitudes about suicide risk and depression, as well as a reduction in actual suicide attempts. Listed on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices, the SOS Program has shown a reduction in self-reported suicide attempts by 40-64% in randomized control studies (Aseltine et al., 2007; Schilling et al., 2016). 

Our goals in participating in this program include:

  • To help our students understand that depression is a treatable illness
  • To explain that suicide is a preventable tragedy that often occurs as a result of untreated depression
  • To provide students education on how to identify serious depression and potential suicide risk in themselves or a friend
  • To impress upon youth that they can help themselves or a friend by taking the simple step of talking to a trusted adult about their concerns
  • To teach students who they can turn to at school for help, if they need it

If you do NOT wish your child to participate in the SOS Program in school, please contact the school at 222-3767. If we do not hear from you, we will assume your child has permission to participate in this program.