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1 Primary Project A Proposal for Schools-R-Us Heather Loud & Ashley Wagner

2 The Prevention Issue 8-22% of young children have social, emotional, and academic adjustment difficulties. Prevention efforts in the first three years of school are beneficial for children’s academic, personal, and social growth throughout their life.

3 Primary Project School-based early intervention and prevention program K – 3 rd grade Child-led play intervention Developed around six components based on prevention science

4 Targeted Population

5 Components of Primary Project Focus on young children for the short term Focus on systematic screening and appropriate selection o T-CRS (Teacher-Child Rating Scale) Child associates in a direct service role with children

6 Components (Continued) Mental health professional as supervisor, consultant, and leader Use of ongoing outcome and process evaluation Integration into school and community

7 Level of Prevention Universal Secondary Tertiary

8 Goals Enhance learning and adjustment skills and other school-related competencies Reduce social, emotional, and school adjustment difficulties

9 Supporting Research Data consistently finds significant levels of improvement in school adjustment for children who participate in the program. o This includes male and female children from rural, suburban, and urban areas; from all SES and ethnic backgrounds; and from all family types.

10 Evidence-Based Intervention Recognized as an effective evidenced-based intervention: – First program recognized by NYS Education Department (1988) – Effective prevention program for children with emerging problems or signs of risk (2003) – National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (2007) – Evidence-based intervention for abused children in a school setting (2009)

11 Studies on Primary Project 27,000 children demonstrated significant decreases in adjustment difficulties as well as increases in adaptive skills during the 1994-1995 school year in CA 1,500 children demonstrated reductions in aggressive behavior and improved social skills and academic performance during the 1997-1998 school year in NY

12 Plan for Implementation Step one : Disseminating information about the program to teachers and parents Step two : School board approval to pursue grant Step three : Apply for grant funding Step four : Interview, select, and train child associate Step five : Start the program

13 Obstacles Teacher buy-in – Action plan one : Faculty meeting – Action plan two : Meeting about assessment process at grade-level meeting Parent buy-in – Action plan one : Information included multiple times in parent newsletter – Action plan two : Meet with parents of selected students after their parent-teacher conference

14 References Brassard, M.R., Rivelis, E., & Diaz, V. (2009). School-based counseling of abused children. Psychology in the Schools, 46 (3), 206-216. doi: 10.1002/pits.20365. Children’s Institute. 2007. Primary Project: An overview. New York: Children’s Institute, Inc. Crean, H.F. & Lotyczewski, B.S. (1995). An evaluation of the early mental health initiative’s Primary Intervention Program and Enhanced Primary Prevention Program for the 1994- 1995 academic year. New York: Children’s Institute, Inc. Johnson, D.B., Pedro-Carrol, J., & Demanchick, S.P. (2005). The Primary Mental Health Project: A play intervention for school-age children. In L.A. Reddy, T.M. Files-Hall, & C.E. Schaefer (Eds.), Empirically based play interventions for children (pp. 13-30). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. Nafpaktitis, M. & Perlmutter, B.F. (1998). School-based early mental health intervention with at-risk students. School Psychology Review, 27 (3), 420-432. Peabody, M.A., Johnson, D.B., & Hightower, A.D. (2010). Primary Project: An evidenced- based approach. In A.A. Drewes & C.E. Schaefer (Eds.), School-Based Play Therapy (2 nd Ed.) (pp. 163-180). New York: Wiley. Power, T. (2003). Promoting children's mental health: Reform through interdisciplinary and community partnerships. School Psychology Review, 32(1), 3-16. United States Department of Health and Human Services. (2007). Primary project. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services National Registry of Evidenced-Based Programs and Practices. Retrieved from

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