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Frontier Health Student Assistance Program

Students may self-refer through their guidance counselor.


SAP is designed to work closely with teachers, guidance counselors, and school administrators to identify students who are at risk of falling behind in schoolwork, have mental health issues, alcohol and drug issues, etc. Referrals for SAP services can be made by faculty, staff, friends, families, peers, and students themselves.

The counselor is skilled in child and family counseling and trained to address behavioral health issues including ADHD, alcohol and drug abuse, child abuse, divorce issues, depression, anger issues, domestic violence, and crisis intervention.

Clinical services for at-risk students with academic, social, and/or behavioral problems. Helps schools maintain safe, disciplined learning environments. Consultation for teachers and collaboration with counselors is provided.

  • Group & Individual Counseling
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Parent Education & Counseling
  • Violence Prevention Curriculum
  • Referrals
  • Assessment, Intervention for Alcohol or Tobacco Offenses
  • Life Skills Training


What Can SAP Do?

  • Assist students dealing with difficulties related to adjusting to school, making friends, divorced or divorcing parents, sibling rivalry, and grief
  • Provide education and intervention for students with drug and alcohol issues
  • Provide resources to help deal with family conflicts
  • Help identify potential problem areas of student behavior
  • Provide training to assist with anger management
  • Mediate conflicts between students
  • Mediate conflicts between students and teachers
  • Provide information and resources for suicide prevention
  • Advocate for students regarding academic difficulties


Student Issues:

  • Teen Pregnancy
  • Truancy
  • Suicide
  • Depression
  • Abuse & Neglect
  • Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drug Abuse
  • Family Violence
  • School Violence
  • Anger Management
  • Bullying
  • Team Effort


SAP utilizes the strengths from all the child's resources by creating a team effort among parents, guardians, teachers, counselors, and other mental health professionals. Staff assess the student's resources and link the students to professional services, if needed. The SAP program takes a proactive approach by providing student intervention programs, classroom presentations, anger management groups, and school staff training.

Natural Helpers is a peer-helping program used across the United States.  It primarily serves middle school and high school students who want to strengthen their communication and helping skills and to provide support to others and service to their schools and community. 

The Natural Helpers program is based on a simple premise:  Within every school, an informal "helping network" exists.  Students with problems naturally seek out other students - and occasionally teachers or other school staff - whom they trust.  They seek them out for advice, for assistance, or just for a sypathetic ear.   The Natural Helpers program uses this existing network;  it provides training to students and adults who are already identified as "natural" helpers.  It gives them the skills they need to provide help more effectively to young people who seek them out. 

For more information on the Natural Helpers program, please contact Hope Bruner at Dobyns-Bennett High School  (423) 378-8419.