3731 W 62nd Street, Chciago, IL 60629, US
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United Stand

Standing with Children and Schools

Schools

As United Stand immersed itself in  schools, it embraced the role of building diverse, multi-cultural healing communities of professionals and parents who stood together to foster the healthy development of children and adolescents. United Stand committed its energy and resources to:             

  • Not allowing cognitive, physical, social, or emotional factors to undermine a child's success in school.
  • Consulting with principals and teachers in the assessment of children's needs and in the development of services to target identified needs.
  • Providing response teams to help schools with sudden crises.
  • Advocating for youth and helping them to find their own voices. 
  • Standing with parents, families, and schools in preparing students to become the next generation of adults who will contribute to the transformation of this world

Standing with Children and Parents During Afterschool Hours

The high stress levels of the children of Chicago have prompted United Stand to become innovative in its approaches  to helping children and adolescents learn stress-reduction and self-care strategies. United Stand has designed after school prevention programs that tap into the creative arts and serve to reduce stress, reinforce learning, and develop special interests and talents. These have included programs such as art expression, dance movement, theater, yoga, and special-focus groups such as Bullying Prevention and Strong Girls and  Boys.

 

United Stand's afterschool programs have also targeted needs that have been expressed by parents themselves. For example, Parent Support Groups, in both English and Spanish, explore the building  of positive communication and relationships with children and adolescents, the management of challenging behavior, as well as special areas of concern posed by participants.

Standing Together Around Learning Differences

During the 2002-03 school year, United Stand conducted a year-long environmental scan study in 272 Chicago Elementary and Secondary Catholic Schools to gather concrete data regarding the learning abilities and needs of the children of the system. The study clearly confirmed that the Catholic Schools had become the home to significant numbers of children with diverse learning styles and needs, including giftedness. Principals and parents were interviewed to determine services they hoped for to support them in working more effectively with children.              

Three of the most frequently cited were:              

  • Learning experts to provide a combination of consultation and direct services.
  • Diagnosticians to conduct assessments that would include students' strengths, challenges, and recommendations.
  • Counselors to work directly with students around social, emotional, and learning issues that impact their school functioning, as well as to consult with their teachers.

In the Spring of 2004, United Stand and the Office of Catholic Schools collaboratively opened the first Archdiocesan Center for Inclusive Education at Maria High School. The mission of the Centers today is to provide services to support students' success in the Catholic Schools. Services now include diagnostic testing; individual, group, and family counseling; workshops,training, and consultation for teachers and families; and computer-based cognitive/neurofeedback training to support the development of attention, visual-motor, and memory skills.           

Currently there are three Centers for Inclusive Education locations:              

  1. St. Nicholas of Tolentine, 3731 W. 62nd Street
  2. St. Christina, 3333 W. 110th Street 
  3. Felician Sisters Convent, 3800 W. Peterson Avenue 

Standing with Future Professionals

Over the past 25 years, United Stand has evolved into a highly competitive training site for university students who are pursuing Masters and Doctoral degrees in clinical psychology and related areas. Every year United Stand receives hundreds of applications for a training position in assessment, counseling, and/or integrated services from university students competing for an opportunity to become a part of  United Stand's mission to make living and learning a more positive experience for children, adolescents, and families.           


Students who join United Stand's teams participate in a range of learning activities beyond those required by their universities. Possibilities include the development of prevention, afterschool, or other programs; the creation of professional development workshops, training sessions, and consultation for principals and teachers; the participation in team responses to school and community crises; and the facilitation of support groups and informational sessions for parents and families.            

  • "Thank you for all of your support and confidence  in me and also for this wonderful opportunity. It has changed my life  in so many good ways."
  • "I am so glad that organizations like United  Stand exist for kids and so happy to have worked in a system set up to  help them each reach their unique potentials." 
  • "I wanted to thank you for  an incredible semester. Looking back on my first few reports, it's  amazing to see how much I have grown. Thank you for always supporting  me, encouraging me, and helping me to be the best diagnostician and  person I can be." 
  • "I enjoyed being part of a community that is so  truly dedicated to serving Chicago's children. I find it both  exhilarating and refreshing to know that there are professionals who  will rise to this challenge." 
  • "You have such a way of  making me feel confident and inspired when working with the children and  families… The way your genuine care and spirit shine through in the  work you do with these families makes it nearly impossible to leave  United Stand. I believe in the work we're doing because I have already  seen the differences we've made in the families."