Utilized nationwide since 1986, the Masonic Model Student Assistance Program (MMSAP) is designed to train school personnel to work as a team to identify the students in their care who they believe are “at risk.” The objective is early and effective intervention with those students who demonstrate patterns of behavior that could threaten their success in school. An at-risk situation could be a chemical dependency, depression, or suicidal thoughts and tendencies, etc.
In Oregon, MMSAP is a FREE three-day session, sponsored by our Masonic Family that welcomes K-12 educators in Core teams of 5-7 members (administrators, teachers, school nurses, guidance counselors, etc.) The intensive training involves practice sessions designed to simulate real events. Comprehensive programming covers prevention, identification and assessment, intervention, treatment, and aftercare.
The student assistance program is designed to —
- Assist young people,
- Focus on educational concerns,
- Improve the climate of schools,
- Work with existing human resources, and
- Provide essential linkage to local and state agencies.
Costs associated with the training including materials, most meals and lodging* will be covered by Oregon Freemasonry. There is no reimbursement for travel costs. (*Lodging is for those who must travel over 30 miles, one way.)
This training will be held at the Jennings-McCall Center in Forest Grove. The approximate hours of attendance are 8:00am-4:00pm for the first two days, and 8:00am-2:00pm the final day.