Dr. William C. Davies, Program Supervisor for the CHILL Project at Allegheny Health Network (AHN), has partnered with the District to provide a mindfulness-informed and preventative school-based behavioral health program serving students, staff and families within the West Jefferson Hills School District community. Dedicated CHILL Counselors provide mindful-awareness and resiliency training techniques to help students achieve greater academic success, reduced anxiety, improved student teacher relationships, and the ability for students to engage in better decision-making. The CHILL Project provides students with a wide range of opportunities to learn and practice such methods that include lunch clubs, an after-school mindfulness club, and learning opportunities in the classroom that will be facilitated by teachers who will be trained by the CHILL Project Staff. Further opportunities to learn and practice skills will be implemented in the custom-built CHILL Center, in which all students will have access, both planned and as-needed.
The CHILL Project is staffed with dedicated counselors who lead mindfulness training in the CHILL Center
and educate students to use mindfulness in all areas of their daily life. Students may also visit the CHILL Center at any time throughout the day to speak privately with CHILL Counselors or if they simply need a few moments of quiet reflection and calm before they resume their normal schedule. Staff members are encouraged to visit the CHILL Center for any mindfulness moments to support their own well-being and that of their students.
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About Dr. Davies
Dr. Davies (Will) is the developer and program supervisor for the AHN CHILL Project, a mindfulness informed school transformation movement. Prior to this role, Will served for 13 years in a variety of positions at a major behavioral health institution. These roles included Director of Clinical Care Services for the Child and Adolescent Outpatient Service line, the Director of the Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Programs and the Inpatient School Principal. Will has a doctorate in educational leadership, masters in teaching, bachelors in developmental psychology and certifications as an assistant superintendent, elementary school educator, and private academic school emotional support. Will is passionate about improving the lives of children and adolescents through the lens of preventative skill based learning that transforms the school culture. As an educator, Will has a personal understanding of the stressors that impact teachers who are serving students with acute needs. Through a wide range of prior experiences, an extensive literature review, and recognizing antiquated school-based therapy models and support systems, the CHILL Project was created to address the needs of the entire school community.