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Mental Health/Behavioral Services


The Big Walnut School District provides Mental Health and Behavior Intervention Support Services that assist school personnel, parents and students in designing, implementing and monitoring behavior plans for students. A team of staff are trained in therapeutic crisis intervention (CPI) and located within each building. Trained staff help students deal with frustration, anger, hurt and problems both personal and academic. Mental health services within Big Walnut Local Schools provide clinicians who assesses and provide behavior strategies to use in the classroom, monitor/refine ongoing behavior interventions,  and provide individual/small group counseling which results in improved student achievement.


The Big Walnut School District contracts with OhioGuidestone to provide school-based mental health and support services at Big Walnut Elementary, Hylen Souders Elementary, Big Walnut Middle School, and Big Walnut High School. The community-based clinicians work with children and adolescents to provide mental health and other support services in the school environment, family home, or community setting. Licensed mental health professionals provide behavioral health assistance within the school setting, including small group social skills instruction, allowing them the opportunity to consult with teachers and other school professionals to help track the student's progress. Clinicians also maintain connections with parents and families to help keep the families connected to the student's academic environment.  A variety of counseling and referral services are available based on the needs of the student and family. 


The Delaware-Morrow Mental Health & Recovery Services Board is partnering with Syntero to provide a full-time clinician in each school district within their service area.  Syntero provides valuable support to at-risk school-aged children and adolescents exhibiting behaviors that indicate a need for therapeutic interventions and prevention services.  The specialized school-based team provides services designed to strengthen resiliency and coping skills, decrease disruptive behaviors, provide prevention and support for at-risk students, and increase classroom success.  Syntero does not provide any additional services, including sex education, to our students.


Students can be referred for Mental Health/Behavior interventions by themselves, school counselors, teachers, administrators, or a parent or guardian. 


Summer Kick Off
Summer Grief Programs
Syntero Counseling is providing summer group counseling on a variety of mental health and wellness topics.
Syntero Counseling is providing summer group counseling on a variety of mental health and wellness topics.


Alyssa Clark
District Behavior Specialist

Sonia McNutt
Social Worker

Justin Plummer
Mental Health Specialist

Amber Bennett
Social Worker (BWHS)
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