Clinical Services

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At Seaport Academy academic and psychotherapeutic support are tightly integrated. Learning is support and support becomes learning. Photo Credit: Richard Howard

Counseling, Psychotherapy and Support

At Seaport, we're focused on the student as a whole person—with dreams as well as fears, ambitions along with frustrations, strengths and weaknesses. Because our students often have severe learning differences, they haven't had the opportunities that classmates in their district schools have had. Our students know what it's like to feel left out, and to feel angry or despairing.

An Integrated Approach

Therapy—group and individual—is part of how we think about learning for our students, and part of everyone's week. We schedule time for therapy into the week for every student. But support is also part of the day—part of every moment at Seaport because we take what is called a "milieu approach" to education. Milieu counselors are always around to offer a little feedback, redirect charged emotions, encourage good choices and help students solve problems.

We're interested in what our students are learning—and in how they are developing as people, how they are feeling about learning and how they are growing into adulthood. We work to make sure each of our students can reach his fullest potential.

Our program includes:

  • Individual Counseling
    Each student meets with a counselor at least once each week for individual counseling. Counselors provide a safe and confidential environment where a student can talk about important issues and set proactive goals for themselves.
  • Group Counseling
    Group counseling is a chance for students to come together to discuss important school and personal issues with a Seaport Academy counselor. Group therapy gives students a sense of context for their feelings and also helps them to understand that they are not alone. We talk about complex issues such as drugs, sex education, violence prevention, peer relationships and community issues as well as personal challenges. Part of our objective is to use the students’ peer group to challenge assumptions, confront behaviors or attitudes and validate positive choices.
  • Family Outreach
    A Seaport counselor meets regularly with a student and his family or guardian to discuss the student’s progress. Meetings help encourage open communication and a partnership between the home and school. Families also use these opportunities to work on other issues that may have an effect on the student’s progress.
  • Collaborative Problem-Solving
    At Seaport Academy, we work in partnership with the department of psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital using their highly acclaimed Think: Kids approach to behavior management. Think: Kids starts with respect, for yourself, for others, and for your community. Learn more about Think: Kids here.
  • Learning Support
    Every Seaport Academy student receives one-on-one learning support to help him overcome or manage his learning challenges and succeed academically. To learn more about our leaning services, click here.




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