The HAVEN Program was launched in 2015 with eight students and quickly grew to 15 students by the end of its first year. After experiencing so much success and growth, HAVEN expanded its programming to a second classroom the following year. In 2018 the HAVEN added a third classroom and began accepting students from surrounding school districts.
The program currently offers a blended learning environment, a Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills course, general education supports, and its own adaptive elective and physical education sections. In addition, some of the students we serve have the opportunity to attend mainstream classes at Hinsdale South High School.
HAVEN is staffed by three special education teachers, three social workers, four paraprofessionals, and a program coordinator that are available to serve our students.
We have created a unique environment designed to address academics and social and emotional skills through:
Individual Education Programming: Individual planning is used to help parents/guardians and students set personalized learning and behavior goals. These goals are created to support student success in and out of the classroom.
Meaningful Academic Instruction: The self-contained program provides academic instruction that meets the individual needs of our students. We work in conjunction with general education teachers to make sure our students receive an appropriate curriculum that aligns with mainstream students and aids transitioning.
DBT Skills Instruction: The DBT philosophy and skills are taught in individual and group formats to help address students’ emotional dysfunction.
Therapeutic instruction will aim to:
- Decrease dysregulation; Increase mindfulness (focusing skills)
- Decrease impulsiveness; Increase distress tolerance (crisis survival skills)
- Decrease volatile moods/emotions; Increase emotional regulation (de-escalation skills)
- Decrease interpersonal challenges; Increase interpersonal effectiveness (social skills)
- Goal Setting and Progress Monitoring: The program helps students focus on developing a set of academic, behavioral, and therapeutic skills that will be monitored by both the student and program staff. This system is designed to encourage and motivate students to improve their behavior, and also helps staff and parents/guardians know when students have made improvements.