The end of August signals the beginning of a new school year, and our Spurwink staff have been busy getting ready, including our Public School Clinicians! We have clinicians in over 60 schools across the state of Maine, ranging from urban to rural settings, serving over 1,200 students last year alone. Clinicians deliver mental health treatment to youth and their families in the school, home, and community setting on a year-round basis.
One such school served by Spurwink is Young School in Saco. Principal Jeff Mears is well acquainted with the services our clinicians provide, and had this to say: “It has been a pleasure to work with Spurwink from day one! We had two amazing clinicians in Emily and Maria. They were able to develop relationships with all of their students/clients that come from a wide variety of backgrounds and struggles. Emily and Maria were able to have a healthy relationship with the families of their students/clients, while maintaining the trust of the students/clients, which is difficult to balance in many cases. I appreciated the leadership of Spurwink because they always understood that they are in a school setting and they understood the importance of working together. It never felt like a School vs. Spurwink, it was School with Spurwink.”
Spurwink’s Public School Counseling program places skilled, master’s level therapists in public schools so they can provide counseling services to children, adolescents, and their families. School can be a place where children with emotional and behavioral issues struggle with academics while trying to make friends. Being present in the school means a therapist is available when a child is most in need of support.
Lastly, you can hear from one of our Public School Clinicians in the video below, describing what it was like working through the pandemic, and showing up for students when they needed it most.