Transforming School Mental Health Services: Population-Based Approaches to Promoting the Competency and Wellness of Children / Edition 1

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Studies have shown that mental wellness is a key determinant of students' academic and developmental success; however, simply addressing the problems of individual students is not enough. Increasingly, schools are turning to population-based models for providing mental health services to ensure that students maintain the psychological, social, and emotional competence needed for learning. This comprehensive guidebook demonstrates how to use this approach to effectively assess mental health needs and design appropriate prevention and intervention strategies that will benefit individual students, whole classrooms, and an entire school population.

Drawing from a wealth of current research and backed by evidence supporting the effectiveness of the population-based approach, this wide-ranging resource offers: Formal and informal strategies for identifying and prioritizing a school's mental health needs, as well as risk and protective factors, Insights into creating and managing a nurturing school environment, promoting psychological well-being, and preventing mental health problems, Suggestions for engaging parents in the process of fostering good mental health, Intervention strategies that address significant behavioral problems, including violence, bullying, depression, and difficulty relating to peers, An integrated ten-step sequence for shifting from conventional approaches that focus only on individual problems to population-based services that support all students. Transforming School Mental Health Services is the ideal resource for school mental health professionals and critical decision makers looking to optimize students' wellness and educational performance.

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Editorial Reviews

Kevin P. Dwyer
"This soundly structured book reinforces and enriches your skills in population-based mental health. It provides usable information on how to get administrative buy-in for implementing coordinated, proven prevention/intervention practices. Rich with Web connections and references, it can serve as a textbook, a practitioner's workbook, and as atool kit for implementation."
John Desrochers
"I would like to see this book in the hands of every practitioner in the country! It represents where school psychology needs to go in order to meet the increasingly complex needs of students and families and to create learning environments that remove barriers to student achievement."
The Bookwatch
"Uses a wealth of studies and research to offer both formal and informal methods for defining and prioritizing a school's mental health program. School administrators will find this book a winner to developing a mental health program that addresses all the issues."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412953290
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 9/12/2007
  • Series: Joint Publication
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,339,578
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Acknowledgments     xi
Why Population-Based Services Are Essential for School Mental Health, and How to Make Them Happen in Your School   Beth Doll   Jack A. Cummings     1
Population-Based Assessment
Behavioral and Social Epidemiology: Population-Based Problem Identification and Monitoring   Rick Jay Short   William Strein     23
Assessing School Risk and Protective Factors   Jean A. Baker     43
Population-Based Intervention
Partnering With Families to Enhance Students' Mental Health   Sandra L. Christenson   Elizabeth M. Whitehouse   Gretchen R. VanGetson     69
School-Wide Approaches to Behavior Problems   George G. Bear     103
Response to Intervention: A School-Wide Approach for Promoting Academic Wellness for All Students   Rebecca S. Martinez   Leah M. Nellis     143
Social and Emotional Learning: A School-Wide Approach to Intervention for Socialization, Friendship Problems, and More   Kenneth W. Merrell   Barbara A. Gueldner   Oanh K. Tran     165
School-Wide Approaches to Intervention for School Aggression and Bullying   Susan M. Swearer   Dorothy L. Espelage   Kelly Brey Love   Whitney Kingsbury     187
School-WideApproaches to Prevention of and Intervention for Depression and Suicidal Behaviors   James J. Mazza   William M. Reynolds     213
Policy and Evaluation
Evaluating Quality and Effectiveness of Population-Based Services   Bonnie K. Nastasi   John H. Hitchcock     245
School-Wide Approaches to Addressing Barriers to Learning and Teaching   Howard S. Adelman   Linda Taylor     277
Getting From Here to There   Jack A. Cummings   Beth Doll     307
Index     335
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