Frequently Asked Questions about the Typical or Troubled?® School Mental Health Education Program

General Questions

How does the Typical or Troubled? program work?
What are the Typical or Troubled? program materials?
Is the program only for teens and high schools or can it be used in elementary schools?
Does the program come in any other languages?
What is the Tipico o Problematico? program?
How do I utilize the Tipico o Problematico? program?
In what ways is the Typical or Troubled? School Mental Health Education program different from other community or school mental health programs?
What does it mean that Typical or Troubled? is evidence-informed?
Why does the curriculum not focus on a specific mental health issue like depression, suicide, or bullying?



Applying For the Grant Program

Can anyone apply for a grant?
How many grantees will be selected?
What is the grant amount?
When will I be notified of the grant award?
What is the process for getting the grant money?
How can the grant money be spent?

Implementing the grant program

What is the timeline for implementing the grant program?
When do I implement the training program?
How do I implement the program?
How will the program be evaluated or measured?
How do I get the program materials?
Can I customize the materials for local use?
Can we have different presenters if we are implementing the program at different schools?
Who are considered licensed mental health professionals?
Is there a minimum amount of school personnel to whom the program should be presented?
What does "the referral process" mean?

 

About the Technical Assistance Program

What if I would like to implement the program in more than ten schools or have already received funding to implement a school mental health program?
What are the benefits to the Technical Assistance Partnership program?
What is included in the Technical Assistance Partnership program?
What does the Technical Assistance Partnership Program cost?








General Questions

How does the Typical or Troubled? program work?
The Typical or Troubled? program trains grantees - school social workers, school psychologists, counselors, nurses, or other licensed mental health professionals - on effective ways to train school teachers, staff and parents on the early warning signs of mental illness and a school system's mental health referral process. In addition to the training, the program provides grantees with all needed materials for the training, technical assistance throughout the grant year, and an evaluation of outcomes after the grantees have implemented the programs.
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Typical or Troubled? program materials?

All selected grantees and Technical Assistance Partners will receive access to the full curriculum, including electronic versions of the following materials which are expected to be utilized when implementing the education program:

  • A PowerPoint training presentation for teachers and other school personnel that includes scripted guiding notes for the presenters. (Sample PowerPoint slides are available here.) The presentation is designed to educate high and middle school teachers and school personnel about adolescent mental health and the importance of early recognition and treatment and can be partially customized to your school community. 
    • The training can be presented in one hour - 45 minutes for the PowerPoint presentation and 15 minutes for Q&A. It is designed to be inclusive - a licensed mental health professional MUST BE part of the presentation to deliver the clinical information about adolescent mental health. Additionally, a school counselor, school social worker, and/or teacher must be included. 
  • Brochures on adolescent mental health
  • Tips for Talking to Teens handout
  • Bookmarks with mental health disorder warning signs
  • Access to our Facebook Page updated with conversations, recent research, and related student mental health articles
  • In addition, grantees can supplement the program with other relevant information (e.g. organization or community mental health brochures, fact sheets, or lists of local resources).

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Is the program only for teens in high school?
Typical or Troubled? is a mental health education program about adolescent mental health and targets high school teachers and school personnel. It can be used in middle or Jr. High schools. It is not designed for elementary schools at this point. The Foundation and its partners are in the process of developing a program specifically for elementary schools.
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Does the program come in any other languages?
At this time, the Spanish Típico o Problemático? program is the only non-English version available. It is designed for Spanish-speaking parents.
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What is the Tipico o Problematico? program?
TheTípico o Problemático? is a culturally sensitive version of the Typical or Troubled? program designed for parents that can be implemented in communities with a large Hispanic population who may prefer a program in their native language.
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How do I utilize the Tipico o Problematico? program?
The process is the same as the Typical or Troubled? program. You must complete the application online for a grant and it must be implemented by a licensed mental health professional. 
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In what ways is the Typical or Troubled? School Mental Health Education program different from other community or school mental health programs?

Typical or Troubled? was designed specifically for the school community to address adolescent students. It is an evidence-informed, one-hour long program that allows schools to easily implement the curriculum during scheduled in-service days and educate school staff about the importance of early identification of potential mental health issues and appropriate referral procedures set forth by the school.

Additionally, the Foundation developed the curriculum from several years of research as well as input, feedback, and perspectives from teachers, parents, and others in the school community in order to appropriately address adolescent mental health.
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What does it mean that Typical or Troubled? is evidence-informed?

Typical or Troubled? does not rely on anecdotal evidence to show the success of the program. Instead, it is a program based on scientific and social science research. The curriculum has been reviewed for medical accuracy by a variety of mental health providers, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors. The program validates its outcomes through scientific measures including quantitative evaluations and surveys.

Additionally, the program has shown that it can be successfully implemented across the nation. The program started as a pilot in 16 schools, and has now been implemented in over 1,400 schools, reaching more than a million students.
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Why does the curriculum not focus on a specific mental health issue like depression, suicide, or bullying?
Certainly these issues are critical, and some community mental health programs do focus on these issues, but Typical or Troubled? is designed to be a broader program, not focusing on a specific topic or issue. By addressing the early warning signs that may be shared by many student mental health issues, the Typical or Troubled? curriculum focuses on the importance of early identification and referral to treatment, regardless of what type of mental health issue a teen may be experiencing.

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About the Grant Program

 

Can anyone apply for a grant?
The American Psychiatric Association Foundation annually seeks applications from staff directly affiliated with a school in their community. We also encourage applications from community organizations and members affiliated with the program's national partners: American School Counselor Association and School Social Work Association of America. The timeline of the grant year can be seen below.
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How many grantees will be selected?
We are seeking to fund implementation and evaluation of the program in 5-10 middle and high schools around the country that are demographically and ethnically diverse.
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What is the grant amount?
The number of schools included in your application for the implementation of training will determine the grant amount awarded: $500 - $1,000 for 2 to 4 schools and $1,000 - $2,000 for 5 to 10 schools. The grant award will be distributed to successful applicants at the beginning of the program.
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When will I be notified of the grant award?
Timeline for 2016 Typical or Troubled? and Típico o Problemático? grant applications:
Application deadline: April 22, 2016 
Notification of award: May 6, 2016
*Upon selection, the primary contact person on the application will be notified by email. 
Execution of grant contracts: beginning May 9, 2016
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What is the process for receiving the grant funds?
Upon award, a notification will be sent to the primary contact via email, and a letter confirming the grant along with a contract to be signed and returned will be included. We may also require that you provide us with data collection from your school. You must respond to the email upon notificationby May 31, 2016 or you may forfeit the grant.
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How can the grant money be spent?
Grant funds received are to be used only for the successful promotion and implementation of the Typical or Troubled? program. We understand expenditure requirements may differ between grantees who may need the funds for various purposes such as: engaging a mental health professional to assist with delivery of the training if one is not available in their schools; promoting the program within the school and encouraging the highest attendance at the training; or for the presenters’ travel over long distances in rural areas. Also, it is acceptable to use funds to encourage maximum attendance at the training. Examples of acceptable incentives are: food for the training, school supplies, or bookmarks. However, if you choose to supply specific items as an incentive you must print information from the Typical or Troubled? (or Típico o Problemático?) program such as the name of the program, key warning signs, or the take away message - Notice, Talk, Act.
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Implementing the Grant Program

 
What is the timeline for implementing the grant program?
The timeline can be found here.
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When do I implement the training program?
Program implementation begins in August each year. Grantees will have one school year to implement the training program. It is highly suggested that the program be implemented during in-service days at the beginning of the school year to give teachers and staff the necessary training to identify warning signs at the start of the year. APA Foundation has designed the program timeline to ensure grantees will receive program materials late spring/early summer so they may begin to plan for the school year beginning in the fall.
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How do I implement the program?
All grantees must build in time for planning, collaboration, identifying presenters and rehearsing the program presentation. It is recommended that the actual training be held when there can be maximum attendance by teachers and school personnel. We understand that finding the time in a busy teacher's schedule may be difficult, so thinking through when and where the training will be held will be an important component of grant application information.

  • In-service training days are the optimal time to implement Typical or Troubled? and often occur early in the school year such as August or September and then again in January. Those who show in their application that they can implement the program during an In-Service training will receive favor during the grant review process, and will have better attendance at their trainings.

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How will the program be evaluated or measured?
APA Foundation will measure the program both quantitatively and qualitatively. The Foundation will utilize baseline data to evaluate elements such as the number of personnel educated, the quality of the presentations, and whether there was an increase in knowledge of early identification and referral systems.
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How do I get the program materials?
Selected grantees and Technical Assistance Partners will have complete access to the curriculum and all materials which will be sent upon notification of the grant award and upon receipt of a signed letter of agreement. To learn more about implementing the program see here.
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Can I customize the materials for local use?
Some of the PowerPoint presentation slides may be customized to your particular situation. Other slides (mostly those containing research, scientific or medical information) may not be customized.
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Can we have different presenters if we are implementing the program at different schools?

Yes. We encourage you to involve others who work in those schools as presenters. A licensed mental health professional is still required to be a presenter. However, keep in mind that the more a person delivers the program, the more comfortable and natural they become with the Typical or Troubled?training materials. So, don't forget to practice and rehearse with all presenters!
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Who are considered "licensed mental health professionals"?

Those who have completed specialized training in the mental health field and have obtained a license to practice. They include: school psychologists, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, school social workers, therapists, school counselors with a mental health background, child and adolescent psychiatrists, child and adolescent psychologists, or therapists.
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Is there a minimum amount of school personnel to whom the program should be presented?
The Foundation requires that personnel from at least two schools receive the training. The personnel that can receive the training include: teachers, administrators, coaches, bus drivers, janitors, cafeteria workers, social workers, etc. Remember, preference will be given during the application process to applicants that show they will implement the training during an in-service calendar day (or another such day that will reach a high number of people).
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What does referral process mean?
As it relates to this program, referral process is the process by which the school refers an adolescent to support, counseling, or a mental health professional and the steps that are included within the referral. Referral processes are often unique to each school building, and the program is designed to customize the presentation so that each training explains the referral process specific to that particular school. A referral process can be referrals to external services, internal resources, or both. External services include mental health professionals outside of the school, while internal resources include mental health professionals within the school.
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About the Technical Assistance Program

What if I would like to implement the program in more than ten schools or have already received funding to implement a school mental health program?
The American Psychiatric Association Foundation does not provide grants to implement the program in more than ten schools. In this case, you should not apply for this grant, but contact us and we will be happy to discuss our Technical Assistance Partnership program which is designed for a larger number of schools.
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What are the benefits to the Technical Assistance Partnership program?
As a partner, the Foundation will provide the site with assessment, planning, training, and technical assistance to ensure the Typical or Troubled? program is successfully implemented. Because the complication of implementation increases as sites become larger, without adequate planning and coordination prior to implementation, the program's integrity may be jeopardized. As partners, the Foundation and the site will work with the site's coordinator to determine how the trainings will be scheduled, help facilitate logistics, and assist in train-the-trainer workshops to prepare participants to implement the Typical or Troubled? curriculum in schools.
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What is included in the Technical Assistance Partnership program?

  • Pre-planning consultation to determine whether the potential site is a suitable candidate for implementing the program
  • Planning session with key stakeholders to review the program elements, outline a plan for implementation of the program, discuss referral systems and collaborations, and prepare for the train-the-trainer workshop(s)
  • Train-the-trainer workshop(s) at which Foundation will provide two skilled professionals to present  full-day workshop to educate participants on presenting the program at their sites
  • The Typical or Troubled? curriculum
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What does the Technical Assistance Partnership Program cost?
The cost associated with the partnership program varies, and is based on a number of specific factors determined by the final scope of work (developed during the pre-planning consultation).
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