CREST Program

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.

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

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Motivational exercise group

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Occupational therapy, vocational group, or individualized education

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Cognitive rehabilitation or academics

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM
Activity group

10:45 AM - 11:30 AM
Academics/testing/vocational experience

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Clinical/Educational wrap-up

Admissions Team

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

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