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

  • 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


© 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, counselors, and policy makers will find essential guidance, including:

  • An overview of the history and current state of school mental health programs, discussing major issues confronting the field
  • Strategies for effective school-based initiatives, including addressing behavior 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 program to better serve both the academic and mental health needs of your students!

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction
 
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
 
References
 
Index

"This book is a must-read for those seeking support in creating meaningful school improvement plans and valuable, comprehensive healthy school initiatives.”

Lyman Goding, Lecturer, Bridgewater State College
Retired Principal, Plymouth Community Intermediate School, Bridgewater, MA

"Howard Adelman and Linda Taylor take on an issue of great import, and succeed in tackling it thoroughly. It provides any reader with a solid foundation for both knowledge in the subject matter, and also sufficiently guides the reader in his or her action plans of change. The authors should be commended for their efforts, and educational administrators should be advised to read this book, taking from it strategies and plans to suit their own students and district."

Education Review: Brief Reviews, August 2010

“The text chronicles 50 years of national policy in school-based mental health history to reveal the evolution of current models of service. It affords readers a rare glimpse at the intricately woven positions of government and advocacy agencies that result in policy shifts. The authors further challenge readers to critically review current school screening, referral, and intervention practices. In conclusion, there is a call for new directions in policy and systemic change that both restructures and enhances the role of support service personnel.”

Diana Joyce, Psychologist
University of Florida, Gainesville

“This resources 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
Key features
  • Critical topic: school-based mental health services
  • High profile authors
  • Focus on change and new directions which is aligned with the goals of the new administration
  • Will offer some strategies and tools for implementation

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ISBN: 9781412975384

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