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Mental Health in Schools

Mental Health in Schools
Engaging Learners, Preventing Problems, and Improving Schools

Edited by:
  • Howard S. Adelman - Center for Mental Health in Schools, Dept. of Psychology, UCLA
  • Linda Taylor - Center for Mental Health in Schools, Dept. of Psychology, UCLA

January 2010 | 328 pages | Corwin
'This resource gives the reader everything needed to design and implement a successful mental health program to benefit a diverse student population. The authors present a strong case for planning and delivering comprehensive integrated services. I commend the authors for their willingness to tackle the tough issues surrounding mental health services for all students' - Marian White-Hood, Director of Academics, Accountability, and Principal Support See Forever Foundation

Necessary reading for anyone concerned with student wellness and effective schools!

For many children, schools are the main or only providers of mental health services. In this visionary and comprehensive book, two nationally known experts describe a new approach to school-based mental health—one that better serves students, maximizes resources, and promotes academic performance.

The authors describe how educators can effectively coordinate internal and external resources to support a healthy school environment and help at-risk students overcome barriers to learning. School leaders, psychologists, counsellors, and policy makers will find essential guidance, including:

- An overview of the history and current state of school mental health programmes, discussing major issues confronting the field

- Strategies for effective school-based initiatives, including addressing behaviour issues, introducing classroom-based activities, and coordinating with community resources

- A call to action for higher-quality mental health programming across public schools-including how collaboration, research, and advocacy can make a difference

Gain the knowledge you need to develop or improve your school's mental health programme to better serve both the academic and mental health needs of your students!

About the Authors
Part I. The Field of Mental Health in Schools
1. Mental Health in Schools: Past and Present
2. About Moving Toward a Comprehensive Approach
Part II. Three Major Issues Confronting the Field
3. Labeling, Screening, and Over-Pathologizing
4. Evidence-Based Practices in Schools: Concerns About Fit and Implementation
5. Social Control Versus Engagement in Learning: A Mental Health Perspective
Part III. Moving Forward: School-Based Strategies for Addressing Behavior, Learning, and Emotional Problems
6. A Period of Transition and Possible Transformation
7. Strategies for Embedding Mental Health in School Improvement
8. Social and Emotional Learning and Promotion of Mental Health: Implications for Addressing Behavior Problems
9. Challenges and Opportunities for Promoting Mental Health in the Classroom
10. Mental Health Assistance for Students at School
11. Focusing on the Well-Being of School Staff
Part IV. Policy and Systemic Change for Moving Forward
12. New Directions
13. Collaboration: Working Together to Move Forward and Enhance Impact
14. Show Us the Data: Using and Extending the Research Base
15. Addressing Systemic Change
Call to Action: Moving Forward
Appendix: Leadership at a School Site for an Enabling or Learning Supports Component

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ISBN: 9781412975384