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Where Do We Go From Here? Best Practices in School Based Mental Health Programming

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School-Based Mental Health is a grassroots task force of educators and parents from Newtown, CT who are focused both on best practices in the area of school-based mental health as well as state and national policy issues related to the implementation of best practices for students.  The group is pleased to announce a conference designed for parents, educators, school professionals (school counselors, social workers, psychologists), administrators and politicians called: “Where Do We Go From Here? Best Practices in School-Based Mental Health Programming” on May 4, 2013 from 8:30-12 at the Science Building on the midtown campus of Western Connecticut State University.  The Instructional Leadership Doctoral program and the School Counseling program will be co-sponsoring the event.  The Keynote speaker will be Laura C. Murray, Ph.D. (c), University of Pennsylvania who is the author of “Making Mental Health Part of the School Safety Solution.”  There will be approximately 20 breakout sessions on Responsive Classroom, School-Based Play Groups/Counseling, Creating a Character Culture in Your School and much, much more!  Preregistration is required and can be complete online TODAY at http://pacfamilyresourcecenter.pbworks.com.  For more information, please email schoolbasedmh@gmail.com.

Cacki Taylor April 25, 2013 at 02:52 AM
In New Hanover County Schools in southeastern North Carolina, in most elementary schools, our public mental health care facility, Southeastern Mental Health, and others partnered with our school system and worked out a plan/relationship many years ago to have a Mental Health Therapist in our schools. This Therapist does NOT work for our school system but is HOUSED in our schools. There some deal-breaking guidelines/rules/requirements but nothing that couldn't been handled (i.e., their own office that wasn't shared and had their own filing cabinets, etc. to insure confidentiality...stuff such as that). These therapists work after school hours and during the summer and are a TRUE asset to our schools. The parents are required for the intake interview. The therapist works it out with the teacher when she or he can pick up the student from class - no driving to appointments for the parents, the therapist can diagnosis,....it is a wonderful win-win situation all around. As a school counselor, I find our therapist as a fantastic resource, an adjunct to our team meetings and someone to refer to when a student's issues are something more than can be handle through short-term counseling or in a small group setting.

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