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F.A.Q.

Here are a few of our most popular frequently asked questions! If you require additional information, please contact your site facilitator directly. 

1

What is the goal of these programs?

The goal of this program is to teach participants essential skills to promote mental health and wellbeing. These skills include emotional regulation, stress management, effective communication, mindfulness, and coping strategies. By providing these skills, we aim to empower participants to develop healthy habits and resilience to face life's challenges.

2

What types of mental health skills will be taught?

We will cover a range of mental health skills, including identifying and managing emotions, coping with stress and anxiety, improving communication and social skills, building self-esteem and confidence, practicing self-care, developing mindfulness, and cultivating resilience.

3

How will the program be structured?

The program will be structured with a combination of group and individual activities. We will use evidence-based practices such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and positive psychology to teach mental health skills in a fun and engaging way. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in discussions, role-plays, games, and other interactive activities.

4

Who will be leading the program and the sessions?

The program will be led by trained mental health professionals with experience working with children and adolescents. Our facilitators are passionate about teaching mental health skills and have the expertise to create a safe and supportive environment for participants.

5

How are participants chosen?

Spots are limited and, unfortunately, not all individuals will be a good fit or eligible. Clients will participate in an assessment and evaluation at the facilitating partner's organization assigned to their chosen site. Each organization's team will evaluate the benefits to participating in the group as well as identify the appropriateness and preparedness for enrollment. 

6

How many hours per day and week will the program run?

Participants will be enrolled per session. Each session spans two weeks. Each week spans Monday through Friday. Each day spans four total hours with a snack and transition time. Participants will engage in activities for about three hours per day. 

7

How will you ensure the safety and well-being of the participants during the program?

We take participant safety and well-being seriously. Our program facilitators are trained to create a safe and supportive environment for participants. We also follow best practices for child protection and safety, including background checks for staff, risk assessments for activities, and emergency protocols.

8

What is the cost of the program?

Accepted participants will pay no cost for this program. Medicaid is accepted for this program.

9

What are my options if I am informed my insurance category is full?

If the spots for your insurance type are currently full, we offer two options:

 

1. If you are interested in receiving care and open to alternative options, please navigate to d11summer.com/referrals. We continue to compile resources in the greater Colorado Springs area who provide services to children and their families.

2. If you prefer to wait for a spot to open up in our program, please submit our Waitlist Form by navigating to d11summer.com/waitlist. By choosing this option, you will be notified as soon as a spot becomes available. Please note that being on the waitlist does not involve an evaluation process.

10

How do we determine the allocation of spots in our program?

We believe in making mental healthcare accessible to everyone, especially those who face the most significant barriers. To uphold this commitment, we specifically reserve a portion of our program spots for clients with Medicaid. All other insurance types are grouped together for the remaining available spots. Our approach is designed to balance the need to provide care to those with the least access while serving the broader community within our resource constraints.

11

What should I expect during the intake appointment?

Please be aware that the intake appointment is not a neurological evaluation. It is an opportunity for our team to understand your needs better and determine the best way to assist you within the framework of our program's services. This process is essential for ensuring that we align our resources with your specific situation effectively. This appointment will include psychological assessment measures and a psychological evaluation conducted by a licensed master's level clinician or and individual supervised by a licensed master's level clinician. 

12

Will there be opportunities for parents/guardians to get involved?

At this time we have no formal plans to involve parents in the mental health skill programs; however, some sites may provide skills, training, or workshop opportunities to parents. 

 

If a child is unwilling to participate without a parent present, these groups may not be the best fit at this time. If a child wishes to be removed and/or to return to their parents, those requests will be dealt with on an as-needed and case-by-case basis, always erring on the side of safety and what is best for the client, the parents, and the other participants and their families. 

13

Will there be any follow-up support or resources provided to participants after the program ends?

Yes, we provide follow-up support and resources to participants after the program ends. This may include check-ins, online resources, and referrals to other services if needed.

14

How will the program measure the success and impact of the mental health skills learned by participants?

During the initial interview, clients will be assessed with a brief psychological measure which will be assessed following enrollment. Clients and their parents will also be asked to identify a post-participation survey. 

15

Is this program evidence-based or research-backed?

Our facilitators work closely with our administration staff to ensure all curriculum is evidenced-based and oriented towards helping clients achieve improvement in their daily lives. There are no specifically measurable strategies implemented at this time, though data will be collected in the form of questionnaires and assessments to identify progress and skills obtained.

16

Is there a "what to bring" document?

Admitted participants will be provided a "what to bring" document.

17

What is District 11's Role?

District 11 hosts this program, providing the use of its buildings and advertising for each participating school and partner. District 11 does not provide tuition, track or identify attendees, receive any protected health information, or have any input in the selection of program participants.

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