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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Schools
A Tiered Approach to Youth Mental Health Services

ISBN 9781138908482
Published November 14, 2016 by Routledge
312 Pages

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Book Description

In recent years, many U.S. schools have implemented tiered models of support to address a range of student needs, both academic and behavioral, while cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has simultaneously gained popularity as an effective means of supporting the mental health needs of students. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Schools provides school-based practitioners with the necessary skills to determine students' mental health needs; establish a tiered, CBT-based system of supports; select appropriate programs at Tiers 1, 2, and 3; deliver CBT using various formats to students who are at risk or demonstrating problems; progress monitor multiple tiers of service; and work collaboratively with teachers, administrators, and families.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements. Preface. Section I: CBT within a Tiered Model of Mental Health Services in Schools. 1 School-Based Mental Health Services: An Overview and Rationale. 2 A Tiered Approach to Delivering School-Based Mental Health Services. 3 CBT as the Basis of Service Delivery. 4 Ecological Considerations in School-Based Mental Health Service Delivery. Section II: Tier 1: Universal Mental Health Supports for Students. 5 Identifying and Implementing a Universal Prevention Program. Section III: Tier 2: CBT-Based Targeted Supports in Schools. 6 Targeted Interventions for Students: Process and Content. 7 Establishing and Implementing CBT-Based Groups. Section IV: Tier 3: CBT-Based Intensive Supports in Schools. 8 Identifying Students for Intensive Supports and Developing Treatment Plans. 9 Delivering Intensive Supports to Students Using CBT. 10 Styles of Therapeutic Dialogue to Promote Cognitive Restructuring. 11 Behavioral Strategies to Complement Therapeutic Dialogue. 12 Putting it All Together: Delivering CBT in Schools Through a Tier-Based System.

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Linda M. Raffaele Mendez, PhD, is a core faculty member in the School Psychology Program at the University of South Florida. She has over 25 years of experience in school-based mental health. At USF, she teaches courses in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy with Youth, Assessment of Child and Adolescent Behavior, Behavior Disorders, and Biological Bases of Behavior. She also supervises doctoral students in conducting CBT in schools. Her research is focused on understanding and supporting the educational and mental health needs of vulnerable and at-risk youth within an ecological perspective.


"This clearly-written, practitioner-oriented text artfully describes the need for effective school based mental health services, namely CBT. This book is a must read for all mental health professionals working with youth, as well as other school-based personnel (e.g., principals, teachers, guidance counselors). Dr. Raffaele Mendez should be congratulated for creating this much needed resource to help our children succeed."
Eric A. Storch, PhD, professor and All Children's Hospital Guild Endowed Chair, University of South Florida

"Dr. Raffaele Mendez has hit a home run outlining the necessity of mental health services at school for all students and how to carry out the provision of these services at tiered levels. This book will advance the field by providing essential skills for practicing school psychologists and the book should be required in all training programs for school psychology."
Dr. Scott Poland, past president of National Association of School Psychologists, professor of psychology, Nova Southeastern University. 

"Kudos to Dr. Raffaele Mendez for this informative, timely, and pragmatic book for school based mental health practitioners. Well-informed, evidence-based information is accompanied by case examples, dialogue, and helpful handouts to support school therapists and personnel in delivering effective cognitive behavioral therapy to students. This book is rich in providing information on assessment and treatment planning to inform a tiered approach to service delivery and school support. A must-read for students and practicing school mental health workers!"
Anne Marie Albano, PhD, ABPP, professor of medical psychology in psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center, director, Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD)

"In this must-read book, Linda Raffaele describes CBT and the three-tier system in a way that everyone can understand. Furthermore, she takes CBT to a broader level and describes programs that can be implemented and evaluated universally for all students. The book is an excellent blend of the science behind the interventions and how to apply them in the schools."
Kevin Stark, PhD, professor of educational psychology, The University of Texas at Austin