The CREST Program is a unique, multidisciplinary, special education program for adolescents who have a diagnosis within the psychotic spectrum.  Students who have been unable to profit from education, even within a highly structured academic setting, are referred by their school district.  The low stimulus environment is intensively staffed (approximately 2 to 1 programming ratio) to provide intensive support while maintaining students within a community atmosphere.

Hours
8:30 AM - 2:20 PM (except 8:30 AM - 12:45 PM, 1st Thursday of each month)
 
The Curriculum
Professionals support students and their families in understanding and compensating for symptoms of their illness.  CREST specifically addresses the emotional, cognitive, and motivational issues of the student with psychotic illness through:
  • Special education
  • Therapeutic intervention (individual, group, family support)
  • Psychiatric consultation/medication monitoring
  • Specific cognitive rehabilitation (as clinically indicated)
  • Occupational therapy (individual evaluation/group)
  • Motivational exercise
  • Vocational readiness and life skills
  • Family support and education
  • Individual evaluations, as needed
 
Program Day
 
While programs are individualized, a typical day may include:
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Clinical-educational focus group
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Motivational exercise group
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM Cognitive rehabilitation or academics
10:45 - 11:30 AM Academics/testing/vocational experience
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Lunch
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM Occupational therapy, vocational group, or individualized education
1:15 PM - 2:00 PM Activity group 
2:00 PM - 2:15 PM Clinical/Educational wrap-up
 
Information and Referrals
School Administrator, (860) 545-7094
 
Appropriateness of students for this program is determined by the CREST program admissions team listed below:
  • Dr. Salma Malik
  • Kikke Levin Gerdner, Ed.D, Director, The Webb Schools
  • Linda Kapitan, Administrator, Grace S. Webb School High School
  • Dr. Ralph Dodd, Coordinator, Grace S. Webb School
  • Lawrence Haber, Ph.D., Director, Ambulatory and Young Adult Services
  • Larysa Wysznewskyj, L.C.S.W., Program Social Worker
  • Linda Bosnak, B.A., Program Teacher
  • Charles Caley, Pharm. D., BCPP, Psychopharmacology Consultant