• Mental Health Curriculum Framework

    Chester County Learning Center, 2012-2013


    Our curriculum framework for the 2012-2013 academic year is drawn from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Education module, Standards Aligned System (SAS). In addition to teaching academics, schools play an integral role in modeling and directly instructing decision-making skills. The ability to make good decisions can be viewed systematically and approached by identifying and continuing to build on interpersonal skills through group and individual dynamics.


    The curriculum framework, interactive activities, and supplemental materials have been designed in an effort to reinforce our classroom expectations. The programs at the Chester County Learning Center (CCLC) will focus on seven classroom expectations with our students which include:

    1. classroom participation
    2. completion of assigned class work
    3. use of appropriate language and comments
    4. physical self-control
    5. staying in designated area
    6. respect for personal and school property
    7. following directions

    Students will gain competence in these areas by working on interpersonal skills which include but are not limited to:

    • developing self-awareness and self management skills
    • using social-awareness and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain positive relationships and respect for cultural diversity
    • demonstrating decision-making skills and responsible behavior in individual, family, school and community contexts

    Group activities are geared to:

    • identifying and managing emotions and behavior
    • identifying external supports and how to access them
    • recognizing the feelings of others and understanding“group” similarities and differences
    • effective communication of personal wants and needs
    • conflict resolution

    Activities are chosen in an effort to promote transfer and generalization of newly acquired skills and include:

    • role playing
    • interactive exercises
    • self-reflection
    • discussion
    • story telling
    • games
    • movies
    • mock trials

    Our Mental Health Program relies on the PREPARE Curriculum which is specifically designed for youth who are deficient in prosocial psychological competencies.  The curriculum focuses on aggression, stress and prejudice from a behavioral, emotional and cognitive approach. Skills are taught sequentially with supplementary exercises directed toward the same skill-enhancement goals. Since all social skills overlap into domain groupings, there is constant reinforcement and practices of skills previously learned.