Our Services

Schools

CALM International provides a suite of services designed to respond to the myriad needs of the school community. We appreciate that, while formal education is often uniform, the challenges, opportunities and strengths of each school are often unique, complex and nuanced. In response, our services are customized to the on-the-ground realities of each academic community. These include the following:

Assessment
  • Evaluations may be Developmental and/or Psychoeducational

    These assessments evaluate student functioning across multiple developmental domains (e.g., cognitive, affective, social, neurological, physical) and answer questions about factors that impact student learning and behaviour.

  • Evaluations may be specific or comprehensive

    Specific assessment seeks to clarify impressions surrounding an exact presentation, often within one developmental or psychoeducational domain (e.g., cognitive - “What is Olivia’s IQ?”, affective – “Does Elmo have depression?”; “What is Dhalia’s level of risk for suicide?”).

    Comprehensive assessment collects data from multiple sources (e.g., parent, teacher, student) through multiple modalities (e.g., classroom observation, interviews, one-on-one testing of student) to answer questions about the student’s functioning across multiple domains of development. It provides a thorough and detailed picture of the student, and answers questions such as “Does Phillip have autism?” and “What psychological properties underlie Emily’s below average academic performance?”

  • Evaluations provide diagnoses and recommendations

    The findings of the assessment are presented to parents verbally and in a written report. Where present, appropriate diagnoses are included and explained (e.g., Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), learning disabilities (dyslexia, dyspraxia), mood and anxiety challenges (depression, anxiety). Recommendations for optimizing the student’s strengths are suggested for parents, teachers, and the student. As needed, these include school accommodations (e.g., student being provided 50% more time for test-taking) and modifications (e.g., reducing or increasing the number of learning objectives within mathematics).

Consultation

School Counsellors – We assist counsellors in the development of customized school counselling programs; the development of school policy pertaining to safety of all stakeholders – e.g., suicide response, sexual assault; conduct case conferences where counsellors discuss difficult cases and design treatment plans; provide individual consultation with counsellors on specific cases; develop programmes aimed at suicide risk prevention.

Director, Principal and Administrative Team – Administrative teams consult with us on the development of school policy – e.g., Anti-bullying Policy, Positive Discipline Policy; the creation of psychological profiles of prospective members of the leadership and administrative teams; our facilitation of mediation and conflict resolution sessions between and among staff; our provision of psychological assessments of staff.

Crisis Intervention and
Trauma Response

Our particular expertise in understanding various forms of trauma and crises informs our delivery of appropriate and effective interventions.

We provide on-site response to crises and tragedies that include suicide; death; physical, sexual and verbal assault; natural and man-made disasters; accidents; and disruption occasioned by the departure of member(s) of staff.

We conduct video and, where needed, in-person group and family counselling, as well as individual coaching and psychotherapy sessions surrounding the trauma.

Consultation

School Counsellors – We assist counsellors in the development of customized school counselling programs; the development of school policy pertaining to safety of all stakeholders – e.g., suicide response, sexual assault; conduct case conferences where counsellors discuss difficult cases and design treatment plans; provide individual consultation with counsellors on specific cases; develop programmes aimed at suicide risk prevention.

Director, Principal and Administrative Team – Administrative teams consult with us on the development of school policy – e.g., Anti-bullying Policy, Positive Discipline Policy; the creation of psychological profiles of prospective members of the leadership and administrative teams; our facilitation of mediation and conflict resolution sessions between and among staff; our provision of psychological assessments of staff.

Workshops and Seminars
  • We develop, conduct and evaluate workshops, trainings, seminars, lecture series and conferences on numerous topics and with various populations. The aim of these is to be proactive in attendees’ development of insight, tools and strategies for promoting functioning and wellness. It is important to stress that these workshops and seminars will be developed from scratch based on the particular needs of the individual school. Below are examples of topics:

    Parents – “Happy Today Angry Tomorrow: Understanding the Emotional and Social World of Your Adolescent”; “How to Balance Encouraging, Supporting and Demanding Academic Excellence”; “Mummy and Daddy, Will You Play with Me?”

    Teachers – “Re-evaluating Emotional, Behavioral and Learning Difficulties within the 21st Century”; “My Student Has Depression. Now What?”; “Cutting. Scrapping and Scratching: Stemming the Contagion of Self-Injurious Behaviors”.

    Students – “Suicide Risk Prevention”; “Bullying: Am I a Bully, Bystander, or Ally?”; “Help! My Parents and Teachers Don’t Understand Me”

    Full Staff – “Stress Management – Tips and Hints for Securing Wellness”; “Resilience at Work”; “Understanding Me. Connecting with You: Building Cohesive Teams”.

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