When might psychoeducational tutoring be a good fit?

It's hard for us to say exactly which children and youth stand to benefit most from telephone tutoring - in part because we think all young people (and all older people too, for that matter) can benefit from a strengthening of psychological and academic skills, and in part because we have so far worked with a very wide range of students (of various ages; with multiple clinical diagnoses and with no diagnoses; academically ahead and academically behind; etc.).

In terms of program "fit," perhaps the most important determinant is this: quite simply, does the family want this tutoring, and is the student willing to give it a shot? We often recommend a two-week trial period; though many students are not necessarily gung-ho about the idea of adding more work into their daily schedules, almost as many enjoy the tutoring when they try it.

What OPT is NOT

Psychoeducational Tutoring

  • does NOT include diagnosis of any mental illness or disorder;
  • does NOT include assessment of anyone’s danger, or lack of danger, to self or others;
  • does NOT include solving any particular life problem that the child or parent is grappling with, even though the skills taught in the curriculum may help the child or parent to make decisions and solve problems in general;
  • does NOT include anything that requires training in medicine or psychotherapy or counseling;
  • does NOT include the preparation of reports that families can use in interacting with mental health or medical professionals;
  • does NOT include providing "child care" ­­ i.e. babysitting, making sure the child is safe, making sure the child is under the care of a responsible caretaker. (Child care is not something that we would consider trying to provide by phone; children should be under the care of a physically present responsible caretaker as appropriate for the child's age, with or without the telephone tutoring.)

For more of the Disclaimers and Expectations for telephone tutoring, click here (opens pdf in a new window). 

On Assessment

Though we cannot produce mental health reports, we are an outcomes-oriented program, and we do carry out a standard battery of measures with our students. Participating families can sign releases of information that will let us share the results of these assessments with clinicians. See the Measures page for more information on this, or contact Dr. Strayhorn. 

On Referrals

Families and students may want to check out the information on this website and contact us through the site. They may also want to contact Dr. Strayhorn by email directly at jstray@gmail.com. Clinicians are also welcome to reach out to us either way.

Printable Handout For Families