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BGSP in the Community

School-based Counseling Program

Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis
in collaboration with the
Boston Institute for Psychotherapy


Many of today's students have a variety of unmet social and emotional needs which impede their ability to develop academically and have positive social relations. The School-Based Program provides services developed to meet these needs and promote healthy student social and academic functioning. We provide services to over 100 students in Boston Schools.

Program Philosophy
Our work is based on creating a safe environment for both child and family to explore the difficulties they are experiencing and behaviors that bring success. By working closely with school personnel we are able to lessen the stress of daily life for the child, family and school staff. All our work is guided by the following principles:
• Consider the child and his/her difficulties in the context of the family, school and community environment.
• Work closely with other care providers, such as family and school personnel.
• Attend to the particular needs of individual schools and the students they serve.

Counseling Services
We work with children in one or a combination of the following modalities:
• Individual Counseling
• Family Therapy
• Group Therapy
• Specialized Groups, such as Anger Management, Whole Classroom, Substance Abuse and Social Skills
• Parent Groups
• Consultation and Assessments

Other Services
• Consultation to teachers in classroom behavior management.
• Training in diversity and cultural awareness.
• Innovative treatment models for specific problems such as learning disabilities, ADHD, obesity and sexual abuse.

About Us
The School-Based Program is a program of the Boston Institute for Psychotherapy in collaboration with the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis.

Both organizations are non-profit and have over 30 years of experience in training mental health professionals. They also have a long standing dedication to community out-reach and serving the needs of Boston area residents.

The School-Based Program builds upon the community-based experiences of both organizations, such as:
• The Infant Mental Health Program
• Teacher and school consultation
• Teacher Training Workshops
• Field work in mental health facilities and nursing homes

For Further Information
To learn more about our services, or to make a referral, please contact:
William Sharp, MA Director
Tel (617)566-2200
Fax (617)278-0200
Email wsharp@BostonInstitute.org