Handbook of Rural School Mental Health

  • Kurt D. Michael
  • John Paul Jameson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Development of Rural School Mental Health Initiatives: Rationale, Policies, Ethics, and Competencies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Sharon A. Hoover, Ashley M. Mayworm
      Pages 3-16
    3. E. Rebekah Siceloff, Christian Barnes-Young, Cameron Massey, Mitch Yell, Mark D. Weist
      Pages 17-33
    4. Dawn Anderson-Butcher, Jill Hoffman, David M. Rochman, Michael Fuller
      Pages 49-62
    5. Susan Rodger, Kathy Hibbert, Michelle Gilpin
      Pages 63-79
  3. Clinical and Cultural Conditions in Rural School Settings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Alex Kirk, Rafaella Sale, Eric A. Youngstrom
      Pages 95-111
    3. Alex S. Holdaway, Verenea J. Serrano, Julie Sarno Owens
      Pages 113-127
    4. Marisa Schorr, Whitney Van Sant, John Paul Jameson
      Pages 129-145
    5. Sophie C. Schneider, Suzanne Davies, Heidi J. Lyneham
      Pages 147-159
    6. Carissa M. Orlando, Abby Albright Bode, Kurt D. Michael
      Pages 161-182
    7. Kristyn Zajac, Arthur R. Andrews III, Ashli J. Sheidow
      Pages 183-197
    8. Rafaella Sale, Alex Kirk, Eric A. Youngstrom
      Pages 199-212
    9. Cynthia M. Anderson, Ryan J. Martin, Rocky D. Haynes
      Pages 213-230
    10. Robin Kowalski, Gary W. Giumetti, Susan P. Limber
      Pages 231-245
  4. Addressing Challenges in Delivering Rural School Mental Health Services

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 247-247
    2. David S. Hargrove, Lisa Curtin, Brittany Kirschner
      Pages 249-259
    3. Shannon R. Holmes, Amanda L. Witte, Susan M. Sheridan
      Pages 261-274
    4. Jeannie A. Golden, Dorothy Dator, Kathryn Gitto, Christelle Garza
      Pages 289-304
  5. Implementing, Evaluating and Sustaining Rural School Mental Health Programs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 305-305
    2. Jacqueline Belhumeur, Erin Butts, Kurt D. Michael, Steve Zieglowsky, Dale DeCoteau, Dale Four Bear et al.
      Pages 307-321
    3. Brandon K. Schultz, Clifton Mixon, Anne Dawson, Craig Spiel, Steven W. Evans
      Pages 323-337
    4. Melissa A. Maras, Paul D. Flaspohler, Marissa Smith-Millman, Lindsay Oram
      Pages 363-380
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 381-390

About this book


This handbook offers a comprehensive overview of school mental health (SMH) initiatives in rural areas in the United States. It offers clinical and administrative guidelines for innovative and effective programs addressing critical problems among rural youth and in areas where funding and resources are scarce. Chapters cover program development, implementation, sustainability, and evaluation; consider issues of community and policy support; address barriers to access and delivery; and debunk misconceptions about the region and its cultures. Chapters also discuss rural SMH applications relating to special populations, including students with autism, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, conduct disorders, and ADHD.  In addition, the book examines the potential of school-based programs as a counter to the stigma and distrust of mental health services common to the region.

Topics featured in the Handbook include:
  • The value of rural SMH from an educator’s standpoint. 
  • Preventing suicide among students in rural schools. 
  • Substance abuse in rural school settings.                
  • Bullying and cyberbully among rural youth.                                                                                   
  • Intergenerational patterns of mental illness in rural settings and their relevance for SMH.
  • The importance of involving communities in culturally competent rural interventions.
The Handbook of Rural School Mental Health is a must-have resource for researchers, scientist-practitioners, and graduate students in child and school psychology, educational psychology, social work/counseling, educational policymakers, pediatrics/school nursing, teaching, and teacher education.


ADHD in rural school settings Anxiety in rural school settings Bullying in rural schools Children’s mental health services Community mental health Conduct disorders in rural school settings Depression in rural school settings Pediatric bi-polar disorder in rural settings Rural mental health Rural school mental health Rural school mental health programs Rural school-based mental health School mental health School mental health in rural settings School-based mental health in rural settings School-based mental health services Substance abuse in rural school settings Suicide prevention in rural school settings Sustaining rural mental health programs Telemedicine in rural schools

Editors and affiliations

  • Kurt D. Michael
    • 1
  • John Paul Jameson
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyAppalachian State UniversityBooneUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyAppalachian State UniversityBooneUSA

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