The Social Education Program (SEP) is a small group, short term intervention program which caters for primary aged students who are experiencing social, emotional and/or behavioural difficulties in their enrolled school. All sttudents must be clients of the Austin Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). CAMHS Case Managers refer the children to the program.
Students attend on a sessional basis, for 1.5 days per week, and attend their enrolled school for the remainder of the week. The SEP program runs for one to two terms. The curriculum is based on an integrated and co-operative approach, with individual work being undertaken in English and Interpersonal Development. A formal Social Skills Program is also a key element of the curriculum.
SEP teachers visit the enrolled students in their mainstream schools to observe behaviour in the classroom and schoolyard. They also liaise with teachers, parents and other relevant staff from the school.
The main focus of our program is to encourage the students to explore different forms of more appropriate classroom behaviour and to take greater responsibility for their behaviour. We develop this through a balance of positive reinforcement and limit setting.