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Welcome to the Student Assistance Program!

Teegan Deuso, M.Ed.
Student Assistance Program Counselor at Enosburg Falls Middle and High School
Phone: 802-933-7778 ext. 107 
Email: tdeuso@enosburgk12.net
What is a Student Assistance Program Counselor?
The Student Assistance Program Counselor works in the school to identify and assist students who are experiencing personal stressors that can impede their school performance, social life, and emotional well-being.  The SAP Counselor works with students who are dealing with a variety of personal issues, including those related to alcohol and other drugs, depression, anxiety, academic issues, family and friendships. Once a student is referred to the SAP, the counselor will meet with the student for a conversation and informal screening. The counselor then refers the student to other services in the school or community; or the SAP counselor will provide brief counseling to address specific issues.
How do students access the SAP?

1. Students can be referred by a teacher, parent, or a friend out of concern about specific behavior which indicates that the student may be dealing with personal problems.

2. Students can refer themselves, by visiting the SAP counselor, Teegan Deuso in room 107 (in the Counseling Office).

3. A student who is caught in violation of the school's alcohol and other drug policy and will be required to participate in an alcohol and drug education group.

What should I look for when referring to the SAP? 

  • Rapid decline in grades
  • Concerns about the social, emotional, and/or academic impact of use by family member on your child
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Tardiness or truancy
  • Legal problems due to substance abuse
  • Friends or school personnel expressing concern
  • New set of friends
  • Decreased immunity - sick more often
  • Drastic weight loss or gain
  • Bloodshot eyes, dull or glassy, dilated or constricted
  • No explanation for how money was spent
  • Mood swings
  • Loss of memory for certain periods of time (blackouts)
  • Secrecy, dishonesty, excuses, defensiveness
  • Withdrawal from family
  • Anger and/or defiance
What happens when a student is referred to the SAP?
Students who are referred to the SAP Counselor are initially screened to look for a variety of potential factors that could be impacting the student's life.  Students are then given a brief counseling intervention before possibly being referral to one or more of the following: 
- Seeing a school counselor
- Joining a school based or a community based support group
- Given educational materials 
- Visiting a local agency counselor or assessment person
- Consulting with a medical doctor 
The Student Assistance Program at EFMHS offers the following programming:
-Our Voices Exposed (OVX): A student-led tobacco prevention group
-Youth Risk Behavior Survey Leadership Team: This team analyzes the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, identifies concerns, and creates/implements action plans to address these concerns.  
-Middle School G.L.O.W. : This group is offered in the Middle School by Mrs. Deuso.  It is an LGBTQ Commuity support group.  G.L.O.W. is also offered at the High School.  Mrs. Sturtevant and Ms. Sherman are the advisors. 
-Franklin Grand Isle Teen Institute: groups of students from EFHS and other surrounding high schools come together for a week of intensive, purposeful, and collaborative training in areas of prevention and then use what they have learned to improve the lives of people in the community.  Website: https://www.facebook.com/franklincounty2017
-"Friends" Groups: Support groups for children who know someone who uses tobacco, alcohol, and/or other drugs.
-Not On Tobacco:  Tobacco cessation groups for students who are trying to quit (or reduce) smoking cigarettes. 
-Stress Reduction, Healthy Relationships, and Coping Skill Groups:  These support groups vary in topics and are offered throughout the year as needed.  
Franklin County Resources (in progress-- check back for more or call the school counseling office!): 
211: Call for information on any resource, at anytime, from anywhere, in Vermont! 
Housing: Samaritan House St. Albans: 802-527-0847
               Champlain Valley Housing Trust: 802-527-2373
Food: 3 Squares VT 802-477-4136 
          Enosburg Food Shelf: 802-933-4193, open Thursdays 10-4 @ the Enosburg Falls Masonic Hall w 
Domestic or Dating Violence:  Voices Against Violence: 24-hour crisis hotline: 802-524-6575 
LGBTQ Community:  Outright Vermont: 802-865-9677, info@outright.org 
Suicide Intervention:  If in immediate danger, dial 911. 
                                   NCSS 24-hour crisis hotline: 802-542-6554
                                   VT Suicide Prevention: TEXT 741741  or call 1-800-273-8255
Employment: Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity: 802-527-7392
Parenting Resources: Franklin County Caring Communities
 Prevent Child Abuse Vermont: 

Substance Use: Turning Point 802-782-8454, contact@turningpointfranklincounty.org 
Mrs. Teegan Deuso
SAP Counselor
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