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Effective Advocacy for School-Based Mental Health Programs

  • Kathy Hoganbruen
  • Caroline Clauss-Ehlers
  • David Nelson
  • Michael M. Faenza
Part of the Issues in Clinical Child Psychology book series (ICCP)

Reflecting the theme of this book, school-based mental health programs present an essential avenue for minimizing the barriers and increasing health care access for youth by offering services in a familiar setting where youth spend the majority of their day. Schools in collaboration with communities can play a vital role in identifying and treating children with emerging mental health needs, in addition to offering more intensive, ongoing services for those with chronic disorders. Further, the role of school-based mental health services extends beyond youth with sed to include prevention for youth who do not exhibit signs of mental illness. For instance, high rates of youth substance abuse, violence, suicide, and other preventable behaviors speak to a need for school-based programs that enhance youth resiliency by decreasing those factors that put youth at risk for mental health problems (e.g., poor anger management, academic difficulty) and increasing the factors that “protect” youth (e.g., effective communication skills, having adult mentors)

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kathy Hoganbruen
    • 1
  • Caroline Clauss-Ehlers
    • 2
  • David Nelson
    • 1
  • Michael M. Faenza
    • 1
  1. 1.National Mental Health AssociationAlexandria
  2. 2.Graduate School of EducationRutgers UniversityNew Brunswick

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