Oxford University Press publishes NEW book "School Mental Health Services for Adolescents"

By: Information courtesy of Oxford University Press
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Evidence-based mental health services are lacking in many school systems, but especially in secondary schools. Adolescents who can benefit from school mental health services are those who experience disruptive behavior disorders, anxiety, depression, alcohol/drug use, sexual or physical abuse, chronic health problems, crisis situations such as suicidal ideation or attempts, natural disasters, and exposure to community or family violence that can interfere with academic success. Currently, one-half of students with emotional or behavioral disorders drop out of school prior to graduation, pointing to the need to disseminate proven strategies that strengthen effective secondary school services. 

School Mental Health Services for Adolescents includes a range of expert guidance on implementation of school mental health services in secondary schools. The significance of this information cannot be overstated, as only 20% of children and adolescents who need such services receive them. Schools are a logical venue for service provision because emotional and behavioral problems interfere with academic achievement, and a lack of access to mental health services is a major barrier to treatment for youth. Authors discuss services that can be implemented by school-based professionals and methods of overcoming implementation barriers. Chapters cover the history and need for services, issues of identification and referral for treatment in schools, descriptions of evidence-based interventions, proposed service delivery models, assessment strategies, and integration of mental health programs in schools. This book will be a valuable resource for researchers, trainers of school mental health professionals, school administrators and supervisors, and school-based mental health providers including psychologists, counselors, and social workers.


  • Provides in-depth information for researchers and school mental health professionals working in secondary schools
  • Describes the history of school mental health, focusing on the social, emotional, and behavioral concerns in secondary schools
  • Covers specifics of screening and measuring progress, working collaboratively with school-based professionals, and providing effective school consultation
  • Highlights evidence-based strategies to facilitate school engagement, plan for school crises, increase attention and organization, teach students to manage disruptive behavior and regulate emotions, and more

Table of Contents:

  • About the Editors
  • Contributors
  • Introduction: School Mental Health for Adolescents
  • Part I:
    • Chapter 1: The History and Future of School Mental Health - Mark D Weist, Lois Flaherty, Nancy Lever, Sharon Stephan, Kathryn Van Eck, and Abby Albright
    • Chapter 2: Who are the School Mental Health Professionals? - Rachel Kininger, Brandon K. Schultz, and Judith R. Harrison
  • Part II: School Mental Health Interventions
    • Chapter 3. Emerging Adolescents in Secondary Schools - Amy L. Reschly, Angie J. Pohl, Sandra L. Christenson, and James J. Appleton
    • Chapter 4. Supporting Students Following School Crises: From the Acute Aftermath through Recovery - Pamela Vona, Lisa H. Jaycox, Sheryl H.Kataoka, Bradley D. Stein, and Marleen Wong
    • Chapter 5. Enhancing Attention and Organization in Adolescents - Craig F. Spiel, Judith R. Harrison, and Talida State
    • Chapter 6. Managing Disruptive Behavior - Sean M. O'Dell and Lauren Louloudis
    • Chapter 7. Regulating Emotions - Matthew P. Mychailyszyn, Maureen A.Manning, and Catherine T.Petrick
    • Chapter 8. Emotion Regulation and Social Functioning in Adolescence: Conceptualization and Treatment - Nora Bunford and Steven W. Evans
    • Chapter 9. Working with Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder - Lynn Kern Koegel, Sunny Kim, and Robert L. Koegel
    • Chapter 10. Addressing Adolescent Drug Abuse - Ken C. Winters, Eric Wagner, and Walker Krepps
    • Chapter 11. Managing Chronic Health Concerns - Christy M. Walcott and Jenniger Kazmerski
  • Part III: Special Topics
    • Chapter 12. Screening and Progress Monitoring in Secondary Schools - Denise A. Soares, Catherine George, and Kimberly J. Vannest
    • Chapter 13. Classroom-Based Services for Adolescents with Mental Health Needs - Lee Kern, Beth Custer, and Imad Zaheer
    • Chapter 14. Consultation and Collaboration to Increase Integrity in School Mental Health - Erika Coles and Greta M. Massetti
    • Chapter 15. Mental Health Promotion with Aboriginal Youth: Lessons Learned from the Uniting Our Nations - Program Claire Crooks and Caely Dunlop
  • Index

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