© 2017

Handbook of Rural School Mental Health

  • Kurt D. Michael
  • John Paul Jameson


  • Facilitates awareness and integration of best practices in rural school-based mental health programs

  • Synthesizes the recent evidence-based research

  • Examines the implementation, practice, evaluation, and sustainability of rural school mental health from the perspectives of multiple stakeholders

  • Addresses important issues in rural school mental health, including suicide prevention, autism, bullying, and substance abuse?


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

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

About the editors

Kurt Michael is a Professor of Psychology at Appalachian State University (ASU). He was trained at the University of Colorado - Boulder, Utah State University, and Duke University Medical Center. He teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels and supervises several clinical training sites in rural schools. His primary empirical interests are the development of effective school mental health (SMH) and suicide prevention programs in rural settings. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Child and Family Studies. He was also appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of Rural Mental Health. In addition to Dr. Michael’s teaching and research interests, he is a practicing Licensed Psychologist and in 2006, developed and implemented interdisciplinary SMH partnerships entitled the Assessment, Support, and Counseling (ASC) Centers in rural western North Carolina. The ASC Center was designed to serve children and families in North Carolina while at the same time, foster workforce development, which aligns well with ASU’s strategic mission to improve the health of North Carolinians and to have a sustained impact on the region, both economically and culturally. Dr. Michael was recently honored for his long-term commitment to North Carolina citizens as the 2014 Board of Governors recipient of the James E. Holshouser Jr. Award for Excellence in Public Service. Dr. Michael consults with agencies on a national level regarding the development of crisis intervention and suicide prevention protocols for public school systems.

John Paul (JP) Jameson received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009 with a focus in clinical/community psychology. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Appalachian State University and a practicing Licensed Psychologist. JP serves as editor of the International Journal of Mental Health Promotion and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Community Psychology. He directs the Alleghany County Assessment, Support, and Counselling (ASC) Center, a SMH program in western North Carolina. His primary research interests include rural mental health services, the dissemination and implementation of empirically supported treatments, and community-based suicide prevention. In addition to his academic work, he works with numerous organizations to address mental health and prevention issues in rural communities in several states.

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