Handbook of School Mental Health 2nd Edition eBook PDF Free Download
Research, Training, Practice and Policy
Edited By Mark D. Weist, Nancy A. Lever, Catherine P. Bradshaw and Julie Sarno Owens
Publisher: Springer eBook Format: PDF
This Handbook Of School Mental Health: Research, Training, Pratice and Policy, 2nd Edition is edited by Mark D. Weist, Nancy A. Lever, Catherine P. Bradshaw and Julie Sarno Owens. In this Second Edition editors of this handbook are distinguished by their respective, seminal contributions to the field of school mental health. They have assembled a remarkably accomplished cadre of contributors to this volume whose chapters provide broad coverage of the school mental health landscape. This book is a rich resource for educators and mental health professionals alike, and the field is fortunate to have it. If we are ever able to achieve the goal of effectively addressing the needs of the approximately 20 % of K-12 students who struggle with serious challenges to their emotional and behavioral health, the application of this handbook’s content and methodology will have accounted for substantial parts of its realization. I remain optimistic that school mental health approaches and knowledge will eventually become fully integrated into the service systems of school districts as a matter of course. However, there are powerful forces currently arrayed against such an outcome by educational gatekeepers who remain concerned about costs, potential parent-initiated lawsuits about inadequate services, resistance to assuming ownership of the mental health problems of students, and maintaining territorial imperatives and professional identities. To note just one of the many negative consequences of this state of affairs, the availability of wraparound services and access to family therapy and mental health supports should be routinely available to tertiary-level students identified within school systems but they are not routinely available by any means. Policy experts in the school and mental health professions need to come together and design collaborative partnerships and mutual support systems that make school settings more responsive to the mental health needs of students while supporting the primary mission of schooling which is academic performance and achievement. This is an enormous challenge that begs for a solution as schools nationally continue to certify less than 1 % annually of the K-12 student population as qualifying for mandated special education services to address their emotional and behavioral problems.
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