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Schools & Organizations

The Access Psychology Foundation (APF) offers competitive grants and scholarships to schools, agencies and organizations who educate and work with traditionally underserved communities, and diverse students and clientele to provide:

  • Training for school staff in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to help all students, ranging from universal to targeted training
  • Workshops and seminars for organizations and companies to reduce stress, burnout and to improve work-life balance among their staff
  • Training for agency staff in evidence-based interventions for their clients

School Training: What to Expect

APF offers scholarships to schools and organizations that serve underrepresented populations to help them access high quality training and consultation in evidence-based therapies.


Our consulting team meets with school officials to assess needs and review training models to choose the best fit for their needs


One of our trainers will conduct a kickoff orientation session with key stakeholders from the school to ensure all involved agree with the training plan and want to move forward

Training Begins

Training begins! Full day trainings will be conducted by consultants from CBC where school staff will learn evidence-based skills and interventions to help address student and staff needs


Each school team will meet with their consultant to solidify plans to implement training practices into effective school interventions

Ongoing Consultation

Every 1-2 weeks, the trainer will meet with school staff to assess progress and address any concerns - this support will be ongoing for 2 years following the initial training

CBT in Schools

Dr. Lata K. McGinn, CBC Co-Founder and Co-Director, has developed a curriculum for CBT to target youth with anxiety and depressive disorders. CBT is an evidence-based intervention used to treat students with a wide range of problems and conditions. This model trains school personnel to deliver CBT interventions and is considered primary, secondary and tertiary prevention.

DBT in Schools

Dr. Alec L. Miller, CBC Co-Founder and Co-Director, and colleagues have developed two types of DBT training for schools:


Comprehensive School-Based DBT (CSB-DBT) for students considered Tier 2 or Tier 3, targets youth who exhibit at least some degree of emotional and behavioral dysregulation, with a range of challenges including: impulsivity, inattention, interpersonal difficulties, depression, anger/aggression, substance misuse, self-harm and suicidal behavior. This includes individual DBT counseling, DBT skills group or class, in-vivo DBT skills coaching during the school day, and a weekly DBT provider consultation team meeting.

Comprehensive School-Based DBT Training includes:

Universal Kick-Off and Orientation

A 90-minute overview of Universal Classroom DBT as a Social-Emotional Learning Initiative.

Foundations of Universal Classroom DBT and Skills Instruction

Four days of virtual training for those implementing Universal Classroom DBT in the classroom setting.

Universal Classroom Implementation Meeting

A two-hour consultation meeting to address implementation obstacles and solutions, including adaptations for site-specific issues and troubleshooting.

Ongoing Training and Supervision

A consultant will conduct ongoing training and supervision. The consultant will offer problem-solving, ensure program adherence, and support curriculum implementation.


Universal-Classroom DBT (UC-DBT) for students considered Tier 1 is intended for general education teachers to train their students in a classroom DBT skills including mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and walking the middle path skills.







School Consultation Services Scholarships

Organizational Consultation Services Scholarship

APF has partnered with CBC to provide custom designed programs and presentations tailored to the size, needs, and dynamics of any organization. CBC will assess your organization's needs and develop either a customized lecture or a more comprehensive curriculum to meet your goals. A wide range of topics are covered, geared to teach and implement evidence-based practices designed to enhance knowledge and organization-wide performance.


  • Serve socioeconomically disadvantaged or historically underserved communities
  • Work primarily with students or clients from NIH-designated health disparity populations:
  • Free and reduced-price lunch eligibility (for schools)
  • Title IX compliant (for schools)

Application Components

  • APF Scholarship Application
  • Services Agreement


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