The Germantown Academy Intervention Network (GAIN) is the Upper School student assistance program. This network is made up of a group of specially trained faculty members and administrators who meet twice per rotation to confidentially identify students who may be struggling with emotional difficulties. An important goal of GAIN is to offer help before students' problems become overwhelming. Plans for assistance or monitoring are developed and may include in-school counseling, referrals to outside professionals, consultations with faculty members or parents, or whatever is warranted in each individual situation. All GAIN team business is strictly confidential.
GAIN is a team of teachers who try to help students who are experiencing emotional and/or behavioral difficulties. All GAIN team members have had special training to identify those students who are in the throes of serious personal issues and then either develop a plan for helping them or, at least, monitor their well-being. Besides the students it identifies, GAIN helps students referred by friends, teachers, parents, and other people outside of the GAIN team. If a student is engaged in behavior inconsistent with school expectations, the student is especially encouraged to work with the GAIN team. The school's response to the student's behavior will be influenced by the student's willingness to address his or her difficulties.
In order to implement its philosophy the GAIN team will follow these objectives:Identify students who appear to be at a high risk with respect to the following areas:
- substance abuse
- eating disorders
- physical, emotional, and sexual abuse
Incorporate the existing school resources into the GAIN system.
Educate the GA community about what "high risk" is and about the GAIN system and its procedures.
Collect data on observable behavior and assess the situation.
Refer the student to appropriate internal or external services when necessary.
Monitor the progress of aftercare following any referrals.
Membership on the GAIN team is open to all Upper School faculty members who complete the four-day training offered several times per year by the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit. Membership will rotate for a term of one year.
All interested faculty members should contact Dr. Maurer for further information.