At Northwood High School, Silver Spring, MD the nurse practitioner (NP) built a relationship with an art teacher and subsequently learned about the school’s restorative justice efforts. The NP and other SBHC staff worked with the art teacher to propose expanding mindfulness and meditation efforts throughout the school and secured buy-in from the principal.
The principal now promotes mindfulness and meditation as alternatives to detention and as strategies to teach coping skills to students and staff. The NP, social worker, and art teacher share leadership responsibilities for mindfulness sessions throughout the week to help students reduce stress. Because of these collaborations, school staff increased student referrals to the SBHC.