Professional development is an essential component in the implementation of the Comprehensive Behavioral Health Model (CBHM). Trainings develop a common knowledge of universal screening and tiered levels of evidence-based practice among the staff and community members in participating schools. As schools may be at different phases in developing systems to address behavioral health, trainings can be designed to address the particular needs of a school. All professional development is provided by members of Behavioral Health Services (BHS) and/or trainers that have been vetted and selected by BHS.
Core Trainings provide explicit instruction in conducting universal screening, developing problem-solving teams, and creating classroom and school-wide behavioral expectations and systems to encourage, reinforce, and acknowledge appropriate behavior. Core Training sessions take place in the school settings, and include:
- Behavior Intervention Monitoring Assessment System (BIMAS) I – Introduction and Administration
Introduces the BIMAS and guides staff in becoming proficient in the components of the screening tool and the step-by-step process of conducting universal screening.
- Behavior Intervention Monitoring Assessment System (BIMAS) II – Interpretation and Data-Based Decision Making
Instructs staff in using BIMAS screening data to make effective decisions in identifying students that need Tier 2 and Tier 3 support.
- Behavior Intervention Monitoring Assessment System (BIMAS) III – Group Formation and Progress Monitoring
Instructs staff in using BIMAS data to formulate intervention groups and choose progress monitoring items.
- School-Wide Positive Behavioral Supports (SWPBS)
Provides definitions, descriptions, and guidelines that allow for accurate and durable implementation of school-wide positive behavior support (SWPBS) practices and systems.
- Classroom Management
Addresses the Top 17 Classroom Management Strategies that should be emphasized in every classroom as defined by pbis.org.
- Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Curriculum (K-8 schools)
Provides training in Second Step and includes the development of a school-wide plan on how to incorporate weekly sessions into the school schedule and implement it with fidelity.
- Developing Data-Driven Problem Solving Teams
Team facilitators are trained to lead grade-level teams in using data to make decisions for interventions for students identified as being in need.
- Trauma Training (Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative – TLPI)
Provides an overview of the impact trauma has on social-emotional and cognitive development.
Additional Trainings have been designed for schools that are further along in their implementation of CBHM or have additional training times available during the school year. The Additional Trainings increase staff understanding of behavioral health and help schools refine current school-wide practices and develop Tier 2 and Tier 3 interventions. Trainings include:
- Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBA) and Behavioral Intervention Plans (BIP)
Provides a user-friendly in-depth view of how to develop Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBA) and Behavioral Intervention Plans (BIP).
- Tier 2 and Tier 3 Interventions
Provides training in a variety of tools that can be used by school community members to address the needs of children and adolescents requiring services at the Tier 2 and Tier 3 levels.
- High School Interventions
Provides training in tiered levels of interventions for staff working with high school students. It includes developing school-wide procedures (e.g., PBIS, social-emotional learning) and will focus on areas identified with BIMAS data as being particular areas of concerns.
- Mental Health Partnerships (for community mental health practitioners)
Provides training on evidence-based and solution-focused practice for community mental health practitioners working in the school.
- CBHM For Parents
Provides an overview of school-wide positive behavioral supports and interventions.
- Overview of Boston Public Schools’ Behavioral Health Related Policies and Procedures
Presents the district’s policies on how to deal with the following: abuse/neglect, crisis prevention and intervention, bullying, suicide, sexual abuse and harassment, discipline policies for students with behavioral health needs, making smooth transitions back to school after hospitalization/illness.