School-based Mental Health
A Framework for Intervention
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Debra Lean has over 25 years of experience in child and youth mental health and school psychology. She has been a Chief Psychologist for a large district school board for over 10 years. Dr. Lean has developed innovative school psychology programs, including mental health, autism, and neuropsychology specialty services. She is a member of several national child and youth mental health and school psychology committees. She has made numerous presentations to teachers, parents and mental health professionals in Canada and the United States. Dr. Lean has a particular interest in broadening the role of professional student services personnel, especially in prevention and early identification of mental health problems in students.
Vincent Colucci has more than 35 years of professional social work experience in the fields of mental health and education. His current responsibilities include working with students in regular, special and alternative programs at the elementary and high school levels. He counsels students and parents, consults to school personnel, and has been a member of numerous school board committees. He has been a field supervisor of social work students and a community agency board member. Mr. Colucci is a trained restorative justice facilitator. He has made presentations to professional colleagues both in Canada and the United States.
School-based Mental Health: A Framework for Intervention provides essential steps for integrating community-based personnel and programs into school systems for the provision of mental health services. Based on the current school mental health research and practice landscape, the framework consists of governance structures, funding methods, accountability procedures, system change protocols, multi-tiered systems of support, training guidelines and the implementation process. Comprehensive checklists, templates and examples are included. The framework builds on the School-based Integrated Support Services Model (SISSM), developed in our preceding book, Barriers to Learning: The Case for Integrated School Mental Health Services. A unique component of the framework is the key integration role allocated to school-based district-employed mental health professionals. This innovative framework facilitates the provision of evidence-based mental health interventions that are aligned with school district goals and needs.
; January 2013
160 pages; ISBN 9781610486453Read online
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Title: School-based Mental Health
Author: Debra Lean; Vincent A. Colucci
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As communities struggle to identify and serve children who are at risk for mental health problems, schools are the logical hub for provision of a range of services from prevention through targeted interventions. In their book, Lean and Colucci provide guides, resources, and tools to make this possible through integrated school-based mental health initiatives. They clearly lay out the processes for governance, assessments, implementation, accountability, and sustaining the collaborative mental health supports needed to ensure that every child and youth is able to learn not only the academic, but also the social-emotional skills that will foster healthy adaptation. Educational systems that follow these evidence-based guidelines will go a long way to address bullying and other school issues by providing prevention and intervention for mental health problems.