Norman-Sims Elementary

VIDA Clinic

VIDA at Norman-Sims Elementary School

At Norman-Sims Elementary, we are proud to offer our community (including students, parents, community members, and staff licensed therapy services from the VIDA Clinic.

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Information from VIDA:

Our Story and Mission

In 2012 Elizabeth Portman Minne, PhD, launched a pilot program for school based mental health clinics at Crockett High School in Austin, Texas.  In 2015, Dr Minne’s behavioral health agency, Vida Clinic, officially took ownership of Crockett High School’s program and later that year expanded to two additional schools. Since that time, Vida Clinic has opened clinics in over 27 campuses and is still growing.  Vida Clinic continues its mission to provide access to quality, clinical mental health care services in schools for every student, parent and staff member who needs them.

Vida Clinic is a woman-owned business.

Our Philosophy 

Vida Clinic values people. We are constantly thinking about ways to enhance the therapy experience, deepen our school community connections, and strengthen support for our team. Vida Clinic believes in the importance of growth and opportunity, as well as sustainability. With a focus on addressing mental health in schools, the Vida Clinic team demonstrates a strong commitment to promoting a vision of making our schools dynamic and nurturing places that inspire our students to make a positive contribution to society. Through our clinics embedded within school campuses, we are able to promote the de-stigmatization of mental health issues across various systems and offer a space for healing so that people can easily access the care they need in order to live healthy, fulfilling lives.

Ecological Model

Through the use of evidence-based therapeutic techniques, we approach our work with a systems perspective. Our ecological work is defined by the premise that youth treatment achieves long-lasting results when the therapist works not only with the young person, but also involves their parents and educators in the healing process when necessary. This approach is integrated with the Attachment-Regulation-Competency (ARC) framework for Trauma-Informed Care (TIC), which emphasizes adult attunement with the child and use of compassionate techniques—rather than punitive responses—for helping youth manage strong emotional experiences in school and other developmental environments. A combination of multi-systemic, multi-tiered mental health services yields promising and long-lasting results by engaging parents, teachers, and the school system in the care of youth. This approach fosters meaningful connections within and across these groups — youth, parents, school staff — to promote a culture of empathy and resilience in our schools.

Customized Approach

Vida Clinic is inspired by the desire to create and implement innovative ways of providing high quality mental health services. We offer a flexible framework and build programs in collaboration with our school partners, customizing our therapeutic approach to meet the needs of individuals and groups being served within our school communities, including those populations who are typically underserved due to financial need and language barriers. Our approach enhances a culture of resiliency and creates sensitivity to the impact that adverse events have on the lives of youth and families in the school community.

Outcomes Oriented

Our goal is to use clinical assessment instruments collaboratively with clients as tools for creating a healing experience and helping clients to know themselves better. This assessment paradigm, known as Therapeutic Assessment, helps clients to feel less burdened by their mental health issues and more optimistic about their treatment course. For Vida Clinic therapists, the use of assessment is part of the therapeutic relationship, rather than simply a “data gathering” endeavor that happens prior to therapy sessions.