School-Based Services

Through contracts with the town and school system, we are the sole entity that provides therapeutic and mentoring services to the elementary, middle, and high school children of the West Hartford enrolled in the public school system.

Children collaborating on school work

Support for Youth and Teens in Their Schools

The Bridge Family Center has a long working association with both the town of West Hartford and the West Hartford Public School system and has served as the Youth Service Bureau for the town of West Hartford for over 50 years. The Bridge provides children and youth with two primary types of school-based support: Counseling and Mentorship.

The Bridge offers the following school-based services in collaboration with school staff:

  • case consultation and crisis intervention
  • on-site counseling
  • on-site mentoring
  • groups on a variety of issues
  • speakers on topics of interest for student, faculty, or parent groups
  • mindfulness workshops for faculty
  • resources and referral

School-Based Counseling

Licensed therapists provide counseling conveniently in the schools. Referrals are made by teachers and parents. Many students receive multiple sessions per week at various points during the school year.

School-Based Mentoring

The Bridge Family Center also employs mentors in the schools who are trained in providing relational support but are not licensed therapists. The mentors help students develop and achieve academic and personal goals.

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  • In Fiscal Year 2023, 65 students were provided school-based counseling from the Bridge.

    In Fiscal Year 2023,
    65 students
    were provided school-based
    counseling from the Bridge.

Teenager speaking to therapist

Mental Health Support for Children and Teens

Mental health problems are becoming more evident in teens and younger children. Incidents of juvenile delinquency or misbehavior are increasing throughout West Hartford. Most notably, youth in their early teens are roaming the streets of the Center, disrupting public library spaces, and causing problems in stores and parking lots.  While some of this behavior can be attributed to lack of supervision, public officials and school administrators are also aware of the associations with anxiety, depression, and oppositional behavior.
Even before the pandemic, the incidents of teen suicide and depression had reached the level of a public health crisis. Life for teens is complicated by social pressure, family pressures from divorce and financial stress, growing gun violence, and generalized fear. Though life has returned to normal post-pandemic, teachers and school administrators remain concerned about their students. They are speaking out and calling for an increase in public awareness, direct mental health interventions for teens, and aid in classrooms and schools to deal with the new normal. 

We’re Here to Help

If you would like school-based support for your child, please contact your school administrators or teachers, or reach out to our team here at the Bridge Family Center.

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