520 N. Delaware Ave • Philadelphia, PA 19123 • 215-923-2116 • fax: 215-923-5169

CE Type: 
ACT 48
# of CE's: 

This three-day training will provide basic information on the PA model for the Student Assistance Program (SAP). Instruction and discussion will include the history and philosophy of the PA model, SAP team roles, the SAP Core Team process, methods for effective student and parent engagement, resilience-building strategies, current ATOD concerns and appropriate interventions, identification of students’ observable behaviors that may be signs of behavioral health concerns, and review of available community resources. Participants will be prepared to sit on SAP teams or serve as support personnel for SAP programs in schools and/or behavioral health agencies.

Learning Objectives: 

1. Explored the basic philosophy of the PA model of the Student Assistance Program (SAP) as outlined in 24 P.S. §15-1547 for grades K-12;
2. Differentiated the different roles on a SAP team;
3. Identified the four phases of the SAP process;
4. Described observable student behaviors appropriate for SAP referral;
5. Demonstrated the ability to participate effectively in the SAP Core Team process;
6. Demonstrated various intervention methods and when each is appropriate according to student grade level;
7. Identified strategies for establishing and maintaining working relationships with parents and/or caregivers;
8. Discussed the practical implications of federal and state legislation that impacts SAP;
9. Listed the possible consequences of working outside the Commonwealth model of SAP;
10. Proposed strategies that SAP teams can use to foster resiliency in young people;
11. Utilized current research on ATOD use among young people in developing appropriate interventions;
12. Outlined the ATOD continuum of care;
13. Identified behaviors observed in school settings that may be signs of behavioral health concerns and how they differ in elementary;
14. Identified local resources that can be of assistance to students identified by the SAP team; and,
15. Assessed her or his own strengths, needs and boundaries when working with each student and family.

Intended Audience: 

School staff and agency personnel working with students experiencing barriers to school success.

Instructional Level: 


Completion Requirements: 

Participants must attend the each of the 3 sessions, participate in all activities, and submit an evaluation within the 7 days of training to receive credits and a certificate. All CEU certificates and certificates of attendance will be received through the DBHIDS Learning Hub. Once you have completed your evaluation you will have access to your CE/CEU or Certificate of Attendance through your DBHIDS Learning Hub Account.