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Emotional Support
Many students come to Mill Creek because their previous school settings were unable to meet their need for Emotional Support. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act defines this need as ... a condition exhibiting one or more of the following characteristics over a long period of time and to a marked degree that adversely affects educational performance:
  • An inability to learn that cannot be explained by intellectual, sensory, or health factors;
  • An inability to build or maintain satisfactory interpersonal relationships with peers and teachers,
  • Inappropriate types of behavior or feelings under normal circumstances;
  • A general pervasive mood of unhappiness or depression; or
  • A tendency to develop physical symptoms or fears associated with personal or school problems.

Mill Creek offers the following supports to help students and their families address the issues that brought the student to our school:

Group counseling helps teens learn to deal with conflicts and address social issues within the school and home.

Family counseling is designed to educate the entire family about issues such as limit setting, conflict negotiation and communication skills. It also addresses home issues such as running away, controlling anger, and dealing with anxiety and depression. This service is offered to any family wishing to make use of it.

Consulting psychological services offer a licensed psychologist to evaluate students, and assist families and students as needs arise.

Parent's Group is a forum to learn better ways of communicating with teens and to provide support and information about adolescent problems. This group is for parents only and meets one evening each month.

Liaison services connect Mill Creek School staff with the student's home school, as well as outside agencies and therapists.

Home visits, when necessary, are available to teach parents the skills needed to cope with a teen or to help a student who is having difficulty leaving home to attend school.


111 North 49th Street – Philadelphia, PA 19139
phone: 215-471-4900 | fax: 215-471-9639 | www.millcreekschool.org

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