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Behavioral Health

The goal of our behavioral health programs is to help children, youth and families achieve and maintain appropriate and positive functioning, which will transfer to community, home, and school environments. Children, youth, and families gain necessary skills through a wide range of therapeutic, structured activities that are provided in a stable, consistent, and interconnected service setting.

  • Early Intervention (EI)

    Northern’s EI Program is intended to meet the needs of middle and high-school aged youth who are at-risk for drug and alcohol use and abuse.

    Early intervention

    Curriculum-based group psycho-ed and counseling sessions are provided. The program operates in schools, after-school programs, and residential and community-based settings.

    For more information, please call Ketsia Cherubin, Early Intervention Specialist, at 215-482-1423 ext. 1007 or

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  • Intensive Behavioral Health Services (IBHS)

    IBHS provides school, community, and home-based behavioral health services to support children with emotional or behavioral issues that make it difficult for them to function in a standard school setting.

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    Through individual counseling, group therapy, classroom support, and behavior modification techniques, such as role modeling, redirection, coaching, and conflict resolution, our caring IBHS staff help children recognize when they are escalating, control themselves and move to less intensive levels of care.

    Northern currently provides IBHS at 15 schools in the School District of Philadelphia, including charter schools:

    • Dr. Ethel Allen Promise Academy
    • AMY Northwest
    • Cook-Wissahickon Elementary School
    • James Dobson Elementary School
    • Tanner Duckrey Elementary School
    • Eleanor C. Emlen Elementary School
    • Green Woods Charter School
    • Charles Henry Elementary School
    • Henry Houston Elementary School
    • Jenks Academy Arts & Sciences
    • KIPP North Philadelphia Academy Charter
    • Thomas Peirce Elementary School
    • Rhodes Elementary School
    • Shawmont School
    • Richard Wright Elementary School

    For more information, please contact John Cappo, IBHS Administrative Director, at 215-482-1423 ext. 1283 or

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  • Outpatient

    We serve children and youth up to age 21 with emotional and behavioral symptoms including, but not limited to, depression, impulsivity, hyperactivity, trauma, anxiety, and disruptive behaviors.

    Final outpatient

    A multidisciplinary team of child and adolescent psychiatrists and therapists provide individualized emotional, behavioral, and psychiatric support in a safe, caring, and healthy environment using multiple, effective ​

    This program addresses the needs of children, youth, and families, who are experiencing difficulties such as traumatic, academic, emotional, or social stress.

    The outpatient program offers individual, family and group therapy depending on the needs of the child and youth. Participants will work together with a therapist to work towards overall well-being.

    For more information, please call Listaree Brickey, Outpatient Intake Specialist, at 215-482-1423 ext. 1292 or

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  • Wellness and Resiliency (an IBHS Program)

    Wellness is a therapeutic afterschool and all-day summer program for children 8 to 14 years old with behavioral and emotional symptoms including, but not limited to, depression, impulsivity, hyperactivity, anxiety, and disruptive behaviors.

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    The program offers therapeutic services on-site on our beautiful six-acre campus, in the child’s home, and during program-sponsored therapeutic community outings. ​

    Most students referred for participation in the afterschool and summer youth programs typically display behavioral challenges that manifest as multiple school suspensions, poor academic performance, impulsivity, and difficulty responding appropriately to school structure and authority figures. One of the primary objectives of Wellness is to decrease behaviors that interfere with classroom learning and problem-solving, and in doing so, improve educational outcomes.

    The program offers group and individual therapy, social skills development, homework help, and tutoring.

    For more information, please call Dr. Dawn George, Director, at 215-482-1423 ext. 1233 or

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