Theraputic Educational Consultants
General Guidelines for Finding an Educational Consultant for Therapeutic Placement:
In a time of crisis the educational consultant is your lifeline. They provide the expertise in finding the right solution for your family. The educational consultant is a valuable part of your team. You should always expect compassion, total presents, and understanding during this process.
How do you choose an Educational consultant?
When choosing a consultant you may want to ask specific questions. For example, ask the level and time of attention that the consultant will spend with you and your teen. Do they have the sufficient time to work with you. It does not hurt to ask approximately how many clients your consultant takes and approximately how many they’re working with in a given month to ensure they can commit to you. If you’re giving the time and energy of walking a family through the process, the consultant must obtain good time management skills and be available to you when needed.
You want to understand how the consultant works with the family and why they work in the way that they do. You want to be able to reach out your consultant if you are concerned about something. You also want the consultant to know a good deal about the program where your son or daughter is placed, and be paying close attention to how your child is doing as well as be in direct communication with you.
You want to choose someone you trust. This is important because sometimes people run up against a difficult issue in a placement. The consultant needs to be able to reassure the parent and help them process their feelings if they are concerned. Trust is enhanced by the sense that the consultant deeply listens and is genuinely invested in supporting the young person and their family. This means both the parent and the teen can be vulnerable—this is pretty intimate work.
You have the right to expect sound advice from your consultant and a successful placement the first time. It makes sense to ask questions beforehand and have a plan in place if there is, indeed, a need for to consider a different program.
The Therapeutic Educational Consultant:
Assesses your needs and those of your teen through interviews with you, your teen, and other appropriate individuals (teachers, doctors, professionals, other pertinent family members as well as through a review of history/records.
Ensures case coordination by conducting “ongoing” communication with your family and professionals that have been working with you.
Provides you information on how they research and assess programs in order to provide a successful placement for your teen.
Offer you pre-screened programs so you can be confident that facilities that are offered to you have been discussed to ensure a good fit for your teen and space is available.
Discusses options thoroughly with you presenting the pros, cons and culture of the programs being considered.
Coaches you through the application process, visits, interviews, and other aspects that are required for making a good decision.
Advocates for your teen in an unbiased manner when required.
Tracks the student's progress throughout placement and openly communicates with you. Some consultants will charge extra for this service.
Questions to ask:
What is your background and how long have you been consulting? What is your relationship with the programs? i.e. what criteria do you use to make a selection for my teen?
Ask about all fees involved and stated in writing indicating exactly what the services include. Ask if they charge hourly or flat fee. Ask about any sliding scale or hourly rates.
When they make a recommendation for a program(s) ask why they feel this is the best program for your teen.
Have they chosen a program that promotes a "Family System" of involvement for you and the other members of the family. Are there parent weekends for training/education.