The B.R.I.G.H.T. Program

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          The B.R.I.G.H.T Program

  Building Relationships and Inspiring Growth and Hope Together


                               Robbinsville School Based Program                                 
Pond Road Middle School

    Sharon Elementary School

What is The B.R.I.G.H.T. Program?

The B.R.I.G.H.T. Program is a dynamic partnership between the Robbinsville Public Schools and Rutgers Health. The primary objective of the program is to help assure that students will obtain needed mental health and therapeutic supportive assistance in an accessible location. The BRIGHT Program’s goals are to enhance the opportunities for student learning by providing free mental health programs in a non-threatening and familiar school environment. Also, to provide mental health and support services to children and adolescents who have limited access to services and instill in them hope for the future.

What services does The B.R.I.G.H.T. Program offer students?  

The BRIGHT Program provides a wide range of free and confidential mental health services for Sharon Elementary School and Pond Road Middle School students. The program is open to both general education students and classified students. Services include individual, group and family therapy, crisis intervention, supportive counseling, DBT and coping skills, conflict resolution, substance abuse identification and referral services.  The B.R.I.G.H.T. Clinician may offer teachers and school staff strategies and interventions to enable student learning and support.  For students with open cases, they will be provided one session weekly and crisis support as needed. In addition, The B.R.I.G.H.T. Clinician will collaborate with CST/Guidance, teachers and family and provide CBT/DBT strategies based on individualized treatment goals.

In addition, The BRIGHT Program provides case management services for students who may already have an outpatient therapist and could benefit from additional therapeutic support in the school environment. The BRIGHT Clinician will act as the liaison between Robbinsville School District and community providers to ensure a collaborative team approach to meet student’s needs. The B.R.I.G.H.T. Clinician will meet with these students two times monthly for support/check-ins and provide crisis counseling as needed.  

The B.R.I.G.H.T. Program provides therapy groups based on the need of the students determined by The B.R.I.G.H.T. Clinician, administration, child study team members and guidance counselors. Therapy groups offered are: emotion regulation, stress management, grief and loss, new student, coping skills, relaxation, DBT and transition groups for fourth and eighth graders.

How are students referred to The B. R.I.G.H.T. Program?

There is a widespread agreement that when children feel healthy and safe, their academic performance improves. Referrals to the program can be made by: school staff, nurses and administrators. Students and parents can discuss referral with CST or Guidance Counselor to determine if needs are appropriate for BRIGHT services. Once needs are deemed appropriate for BRIGHT, CST/Guidance will fill out referral form and submit to The BRIGHT Clinician. Parent permission is required for participation.

What is the referral process?

Once The B.R.I.G.H.T. Clinician receives the referral, therapist will meet with the student three times to assess therapeutic needs. Then the clinician will follow up with the parent/guardian to discuss student’s needs and schedule an intake if deemed necessary.

Please contact your school guidance counselor or CST for more information or contact The B.R.I.G.H.T.Clinician, Heather Chelton, MSW, LCSW at 609-632-0910 ext. 4039.


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