Programs and Services
Therapeutic Day Treatment
Day treatment specialists provide intensive therapeutic interventions with individualized clinical programming to serve students with mental, behavioral, and/or emotional needs. These services aid the student in developing the coping skills necessary to sustain the academic process. Day Treatment services at Oyster Point Academy utilize a variety of different treatment modalities and interventions. Group and individual interventions are provided on a daily basis, with anger management, coping skill development, as well as social skill building. Journaling and visual journaling is also utilized as a method of self expression.
Day Treatment has a summer program from June to August, providing therapeutic support in building interpersonal social skills and community based social skills.
Meet our Therapeutic Day Treatment Specialists
Rachel Root, BSW
I am a graduate of West Virginia University, where I received my Bachelor’s of Social Work. I have worked in several different communities with children over the last two years. I joined the Day Treatment team at Oyster Point Academy in September of 2015. Although I am assigned to work with the younger children, I enjoying working with all of the students here at OPA.
Anna Pagtalunan, BS
My name is Anna Pagtalunan and I am a graduate of Old Dominion University, where I received my Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Counseling. I also attended Eastern Virginia Medical School’s Art Therapy Master’s program for a year. I have 18 years worth of experience working with children ages 4-17, as well as young adults up to the age of 21 years old. I have worked with at risk youth for 14 ½ years, both in juvenile detention and in a residential treatment facility. I joined the Day Treatment team at Oyster Point Academy in April of 2010, and I enjoy working with all the children that attend the school.
Shantelle Nock, BS
My name is Shantelle Nock. I was born and raised in Waterbury, CT, but graduated from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. I have several years of experience working as a family advocate at a Child Abuse Center, along with working as a Therapeutic Integrator within an autistic day program. I have served at risk youth through day treatment programs since 2011 in a variety of areas throughout Virginia. I am happy and excited to be a part of the Therapeutic Day Treatment Team at Oyster Point Academy and will work diligently to aid in the success of our students.
Sara Marina, BAS
My name is Sara Marina and I am a Day Treatment Specialist at Oyster Point Academy. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with many years of experience working with children, youth and young adults with behavioral issues. I lived and worked overseas in Romania for 14 years as a counselor/trainer in residential facilities, orphanages and non-profit organizations. I offered services to orphans and at risk youth. I am excited about being a part of Oyster Point Academy! I hope to use my experience to assist the students in becoming successful in their academic experience!
Dr. Marcus, MD, is a Board Certified Psychiatrist specializing in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is available for students who require medication management during school hours. Please contact Oyster Point Academy for additional information.
Extended School Year Program
Oyster Point Academy’s Extended School year program offers continuous instruction Monday through Thursday for six weeks. Qualifying students attend weekly field trips and participate in groups to enhance social skills and reinforce concepts learned during the school year.
Positive Behavior Incentives
Oyster Point Academy uses a positive behavior incentive system to encourage successful student interactions. Our goal is to guide students in making appropriate decisions with positive reinforcement and rewards. A merit sheet is sent home daily to ensure parents are able to monitor student progress. Our Merit Sheets are designed to modify classroom behavior and increase academic performance by using a Positive Behavior Incentive System. Students have an opportunity to move through the level system in as little as 80 school days with positive behavior and academic merit points. As students progress through the level system, they are given incentives (rewards) based on their behavior. A few sample incentives include:
- Dolphin Dollars
- No Uniform Friday
- No Uniform Monday-Friday for Blue Level Students
- Special Lunch
- Snack Privileges
- Treat Day
Upon successful completion of our program, Oyster Point Academy works directly with the Local Education Agency (LEA) Liaison to ensure that students have a smooth transition back to public school. We provide personal, direct support for the student, family and receiving school to make sure all parties are comfortable upon transition.
Oyster Point Academy enhances learning by incorporating field trips to local museums, universities and state parks. Some of our favorites include trips to:
- Busch Gardens
- Christopher Newport University
- Hampton University
- Norfolk State University
- Old Dominion University Planetarium
- Portsmouth Childrens Museum
- The Norfolk Zoo
- The Virginia Beach Aquarium
- The Virginia Living Museum
- Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum