SPARC

Supporting Pediatric Adjustment and Resilience through Counseling

The Supporting Pediatric Adjustment and Resilience through Counseling (SPARC) Program promotes a behavioral health workforce of professional counselors who specialize in child and adolescent mental behavioral health in the Coastal Bend.

Training Materials

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impulse control workshop

Evidence-Based Treatment Manual

Impulse Control Manual

Impulse Control: Activities and Worksheets for Middle School Students

PowerPoint Files 

ADHD Medications (pptx)

Role of Nutrition in ADHD (pptx)

Alternative Strategies to Promote Self-Regulation (pptx)

Using Treatment Manuals in Counseling Practice (pptx)

Handouts 

DSM-5 Criteria for ADHD (docx)

Accommodations for ADHD in School Settings (pdf)

Self-Regulation Handouts (pdf)

Progress Notes & Treatment Plans

Sample Progress Note - Blank (docx)

Sample Progress Note - Impulsivity (docx)

Sample Treatment Plan - Blank (docx)

Sample Treatment Plan - Impulsivity (docx)

anger control workshop

Evidence-Based Treatment Manual

Aggression Replacement Training: A Comprehensive Intervention for Aggressive Youth

PowerPoint Files

Aggression and Adolescents (ppt)

Accommodations for Aggressive Youth Within School Settings (ppt)

Alternative Strategies to Reduce Anger and Promote Self-Regulation (ppt)

Aggression Replacement Training (ppt)

Handouts

Self-Regulation Handouts (pdf)

Progress Notes & Treatment Plans

Sample Progress Note - Blank (docx)

Sample Treatment Plan - Blank (docx)

Sample Treatment Plan - Aggression (docx)

parent training workshop

Evidence-Based Treatment Manual

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen, and Listen So Kids Will Talk

PowerPoint Files

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen, and Listen So Kids Will Talk (.ppt)

Investigations With Child Protective Services (.ppt)

Handouts

Family Assessment and Home Studies (.docx)

Parent Training Handouts (.docx)

Progress Notes and Treatment Plans

Sample Progress Note - Blank (.docx)

Sample Treatment Plan - Blank (.docx)

Sample Treatment Plan - Including Parent Education (.docx)

trauma and grief workshop

Evidence-Based Treatment Manual

Treating Trauma and Traumatic Grief in Children and Adolescents, Second Edition

PowerPoint Files

PTSD Medications (.pptx)

Screening for the Impact of Trauma in Children (.pptx)

CASA of the Coastal Bend (.pptx)

Complimentary and Alternative Treatments for Trauma (.pptx)

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Training (.pptx) 

Handouts

PTSD Medications Handout (.docx)

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Handouts (.docx)

About the SPARC Program

The SPARC Program provided financial support to masters-level counseling students who were completing their seminal field experiences with children, adolescents, transitional-age youth, and their families. Although funding was only available for masters-level students completing field experience internships, the program activities were designed to leverage SPARC Program resources and maximize use of evidence-supported counseling interventions and best-practices for behavioral health care.

Program goals included:

  1. Address the shortage of culturally diverse and qualified mental health counselors in the state of Texas who specialize in providing services to children, adolescents, and transitional-age youth at risk for developing or who have developed a behavioral health disorder.
  2. Provide evidence-supported and culturally relevant mental health counseling services in Texas to children, adolescents, and transitional-age youth
  3. Provide best practices in counseling services in Texas to at risk children, adolescents, and transitional-age youth at-risk for a behavioral health disorder following the funded period.

Program activities included:

  1. Implement a 6-session training series focusing integrated approaches to behavioral health care using evidence-supported treatments. Each training in the series included modules featuring:
    • Biological considerations of a specific behavioral health disorder or symptom constellation from a medical professional
    • Considerations for the interaction between nutrition, dietary influence, and symptom presentation
    • Details related to common assessment protocols and reporting from a psychological associate or licensed psychologist
    • Perspectives and possibilities when interacting with K-12 schools and institutions of higher education from a school counselor
    • Complementary and alternative therapies
    • Treatment planning
    • Implementing a culturally-responsive evidence-supported treatment
  2. Expanding network of behavioral health partnerships between TAMUCC and community partners that increases access to services for Hispanic/Latino individuals, families, and communities.

Values of the SPARC Program included:

  1. Culturally-responsive and individualized behavioral health treatment
  2. Integrated approaches to client care featuring collaboration among several health care professionals
  3. Holistic perspectives of development across the lifespan
  4. Experiential approaches to training and supervision among behavioral health professionals
  5. Community enrichment through promotion well-being of individuals, families, and groups

Funding for the SPARC Program is provided by the Health Resources and Service Administration’s Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) grant.