Butler Schools Mental Health and Wellness Programs & Initiatives

Mental Health

Raising Resilient Children

Parent Workshop provided through NewBridge Associates
This workshop will provide the tools and parenting strategies for helping your child and how to take an active role in your child’s success. The session will provide a discussion and Q&A session for parents focused toward uncovering the signs and symptoms of stress and/or mental health issues in children. Parents will learn ways to engage their children in honest conversations early to establish a pattern of effective communication to promote contentment and uncover issues that may be affecting children’s emotional well-being.


Mindful Parenting – Creating connection without technology

Parent Workshop provided by Zensational Kids

We hear a lot about 21st century education. How about 21st century parenting?  Not an easy job at all. Never before have we had such unprecedented rates of depression, stress and anxiety amongst youth. For many adults, managing one’s own stress in and out of the home can be a challenge. Stress has become a household hazard. It affects our ability to connect and enjoy the moments that are spent together. Imagine, if you had a toolbox of techniques that would help you manage the states of frustration, stress and overwhelm that arise from this modern day world. Imagine if your child had access to these tools as well.

Come for an evening of exploring simple mindful practices, which have been scientifically proven to reduce stress and build personal connection. Simultaneously, we will be offering mindful yoga classes for your children as well. Come together, or come on your own.

We hope everyone will leave this meeting with some tools that you can immediately take home and use on your own. Yes, they are that easy.

Remembering TJ

Parent Workshop provided by the Sefcik Family

This program involves storytelling, fact sharing, slides and videos that weave the Sefciks’ experience into a program that leaves attendees better equipped to identify and deal with mental health situations for themselves and others. The goal is to leave attendees feeling informed, empowered and HOPEFUL.


Tools for Cultivating Calm & Focus at Home and School:
For Enhanced Social Emotional and Academic Learning 

Parent Workshop provided by Teresa LaSala

This workshop will provide participants with a discussion based workshop focused on deepening their understanding of the impact of stress and anxiety on relationships, the brain, and academic success. Participants will be provided with supportive research, tools and techniques for regulation and cultivating calm within self, our children, home, and school.


QPR Gatekeeper Course
Question, Persuade, Refer 

Parent and Community Leader Workshop provided by NewBridge Asssociates

QPR is an acronym for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying “Yes” to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor. Much of the world is familiar with CPR — short for cardiopulmonary resuscitation — an emergency medical intervention created in 1957 by Peter Safar. The process is designed to stabilize people who aren’t breathing or breathing intermittently and who may be in cardiac arrest until the person can reach a hospital or other care.

Similarly, QPR is an emergency mental health intervention for suicidal persons created in 1995 by Paul Quinnett. An abbreviation for Question, Persuade and Refer, the intent is also to identify and interrupt the crisis and direct that person to the proper care.



Youth Mental Health First Aide Course

Parent and Community Leader Workshop provided by NewBridge Asssociates

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.


Teaching with Presence

Teacher Workshop provided by Zensational Kids

This workshop for educators is designed to:

  • Introduce educator’s to the principles of interpersonal neurobiology
  • Expand understanding of the educator’s pivotal role in helping youth self-regulate
  • Cultivate an educator’s personal power rather than rely on social power in the classroom
  • Create an open perspective of behavior and the typical causes of maladaptive responses, helping you manage disruptive and argumentative students through compassion rather than punitive discipline


Chair Yoga and Mindfulness for Educators

Teacher Workshop provided by Zensational Kids

This workshop for educators is designed to:

  • Meet participants “where they are”
  • Include EVERY BODY!!!! A non-threatening approach to breath, movement and mindfulness no matter where you are physically
  • Cultivate a practice of reducing emotional and physical stress
  • Provide solutions for common aches and pains through gentle stretching and guided breath practices and meditation


Educate 2B for Teachers

Teacher Workshop

With the increased prevalence of stress that our students and faculty have been facing, it is no wonder that the national rates for mental health disorders as well as behavioral, developmental and learning challenges have exploded within the walls of our schools. Educators have been confronted with not only meeting the individual needs of each student, but also keeping up with the demands of common core curriculum initiatives and expanding federal and state mandates. The success of our efforts to prepare our students to meet 21st century educational demands and care for their social and emotional well-being will take a lot more than text books, technology, and curriculum reform.

Research has proven that a student’s academic achievement in the classroom, future success in life and overall happiness can be significantly impacted by the attainment of 3 skills:

  • Self Regulation:Ability to attain, maintain and change arousal states appropriately
  • Focus:Ability to direct attention and manage distractions.
  • Resilience:Ability to adapt and thrive despite adversity and challenges.

As educators, therapists, and counselors, we can often identify when students are lacking these fundamental skills and can acknowledge the effect it has on each individuals ability to learn. These skills are essential for engaged learning, greatly impacting thinking, problem-solving and behavior.

The Educate 2B program teaches you how to utilize and teach your students 30 short, evidence-based Yoga and Mindfulness exercises of breath, movement and meditation. The exercises provide students with the tools 2B:

Calm, Energized, Focused, Connected and Ready to Learn


The Lifelines Trilogy: Prevention, Intervention, & Postvention

Whole School Workshop Series and grade 8-12 Health Curriculum

School communities who have experienced a death by suicide no longer need to be convinced of the reality of teen suicide: national data tell us that at-risk students are present in every school, at every grade level. Yet, how can schools implement procedures for identifying these at-risk students and addressing their needs – all while remaining focused on their primary functions of educating all students in a safe and healthy environment for learning? The Lifelines Trilogy makes school-based suicide prevention possible and practical.

Awareness Training and Case Studies in Anxiety & Depression


Newbridge Associates Programs for Students

Refuse, Remove, Reasons

Student Program grades 8-9

This program will help students build resiliency and make the positive decisions to assure a healthy future — especially when it comes to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, heroin and prescription drugs — with compelling evidence-based video and print resources.


Resiliency Training and Positive Coping Skills

Student Program – grades 8 and 10

Through the use of videos, role plays, discussions and research, the NewBridge program will help children:

  • identify areas of stress in their lives
  • identify stressors they can eliminate
  • learn techniques to handle stress they cannot eliminate
  • be confident in their peer resistance skills
  • learn how too much stress can lead to depression
  • learn when, how and who to ask for help
  • increase positive communication skills

New Jersey Child Assault Prevention (NJCAP) Programs

NJCAP Child Assault Prevention – Grades  K-6

This program includes a Parent Workshop, Teacher Training and Student Programs

Current research reveals that one in six children is victimized by bullying behavior. The type of bullying has also become more serious. There are more physical acts of peer violence than ever before. The Child Assault Prevention (CAP) project offers a comprehensive approach to the problem of bullying in schools. “CAP’s Bullying Prevention Program” is an innovative program designed for Kindergarten to 8th grade and is to be implemented in schools that have already had the Child Assault Prevention Program. It has a three-prong approach to the problem with workshops for school staff, parents and children.


NJCAP’s Bullying Prevention

This program includes Teacher Training and Student Programs for grades K-8

This program seeks to mobilize the school to:

  • raise awareness and identify types of bullying and harassment
    • encourage anti-bully/harassment polices
    • train adults in appropriate intervention strategies
    • improve student communication, conflict resolution, problem solving and other social skills

The program has received very positive feedback from participating schools. The strongest recommendations come from the children trained in the program – over 150,000 to date. Many of them have shared not only their accounts of victimization but also their stories of bullying others. On more than one occasion, students have resolved to ‘stop hurting others’. With assistance from the school, they received help to begin changing their aggressive behavior.