Student Assistance Program (SAP)

Program Overview


The Student Assistance Program (SAP) is a comprehensive model for the delivery of prevention, intervention, and support services for students and their families. Encouraging healthy lifestyles, attitudes, and behaviors is the goal of prevention and intervention services that include classroom and adviser room presentations, all-school awareness programs, Youth Risk Behavior and Perception Survey data, the Parent Support Network, Peer Helping, the Social Norms Campaign, and the All-School Wellness Team. The intervention component of SAP includes observing and monitoring student behavior, attendance, health, and academics. When behaviors of concern arise, the SAP works with the student, family, and a school team to develop a plan for assistance that may include referral for various school or community-based services. For example, if a parent has a concern about possible substance abuse or body image issues, the SAP Coordinator/Liaison can meet with the student and family to assist them in identifying appropriate resources within the school or community. Throughout the process, it is important that students and their families be supported in continuing their progress toward positive change. Students are encouraged to participate in the in-school support groups when available, as well as to become involved in other school or community activities that will further enhance healthy development. The Student Assistance Program works collaboratively with numerous school and community organizations to provide and support on-going health and wellness educational initiatives. Please consult the New Trier website for further information.