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Critical Issues in School-based Mental Health
Evidence-based Research, Practice, and Interventions

ISBN 9781138025011
Published December 2, 2015 by Routledge
218 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations


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Book Description

A Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Title of 2017!

School-based mental health professionals intervene daily to address a variety of student mental health concerns. From challenges that arise in the educational context to those carried over from home, from managing daily care to handling emergent traumatic events, they must be prepared for an extremely varied work life. While some of the most common issues recur with such frequency that they may seem straightforward to address, others crop up with changing student populations.

Each chapter in this volume addresses a different key topic, giving current and future professionals an overview of the most recent scholarship on the topic, and then outlining evidence-based interventions. With chapters on learning disabilities, substance abuse, bullying, internalizing and externalizing behaviors, trauma, LGBT youth and more, this book prepares school-based mental health professionals to face some of the most difficult, common, and politicized issues affecting students today.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Introduction: Addressing Youth Mental Health in Schools by Melissa K. Holt and Amie E. Grills

Chapter 2: Externalizing Behaviors by Nicole P. Powell, John E. Lochman, Caroline L. Boxmeyer, and Meghann K. Sallee

Chapter 3: Internalizing Behaviors by Janay B. Sander, Kimberly DeBoth, and Thomas H. Ollendick

Chapter 4: Learning Disabilities: Academic and Mental Health Needs by Elizabeth Swanson and Sharon Vaughn

Chapter 5: Autism Spectrum Disorder by Zachary Rossetti

Chapter 6: Substance Use by Heidemarie Blumenthal, Lindsay S. Ham, Renee M. Cloutier, and Alexander J. Melkonian

Chapter 7: Adolescent Eating Disorders and Obesity by Stuart B. Murray, Andrea B. Goldschmidt, and Daniel Le Grange

Chapter 8: Childhood Physical Health Issues in the School Context by Paul C. McCabe and Katelyn Rose

Chapter 9: Adolescent Sexuality: Current Directions in Research, Health, and Risk-Reduction by Melanie J. Zimmer-Gembeck, Lucia F. O'Sullivan, Shawna Mastro, and Gillian Hewitt-Stubbs

Chapter 10: Mental Health Concerns among LGBTQ Youth in Schools by V. Paul Poteat, Ian Rivers, and Jillian R. Scheer

Chapter 11: Family Adjustment Issues by Cheryl Buehler and Kamilah B. Legette

Chapter 12: School-based Bullying: Definition, Prevalence, Etiology, Outcomes, & Preventive Strategies by Dorothy L. Espelage and Cassandra L. Colbert

Chapter 13: Interpersonal Violence (Dating and Sexual Violence) by Andra Teten Tharp

Chapter 14: Effects of Childhood Traumatic Event Experiences by Joseph R. Cohen and Carla Kmett Danielson

Chapter 15: Family Engagement in School-Based Mental Health by Eleanor Castine, Sean Flanagan, and Kimberly A. S. Howard

Chapter 16: Universal Prevention to Support Children’s Mental Health in Schools by Keith C. Herman, Wendy M. Reinke, Aaron M. Thompson, and Reuben Faloughi


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Melissa K. Holt is Assistant Professor in Counseling Psychology in the School of Education at Boston University, USA.

Amie E. Grills is Associate Professor in Counseling Psychology in the School of Education at Boston University, USA.


"Over the past several decades, a revolution has occurred as policymakers at every level have required that approaches to mental disorders and other psychological issues must be evidence-based. We have succeeded in developing new interventions and approaches that meet these criteria, but have also discovered that we are only halfway there. Now, two very prominent young clinicians and clinical scientists, using a creative social-ecological model, illustrate how we can successfully implement these approaches in one extraordinarily important venue: our school system. Every mental health clinician and teacher confronting these problems in the classroom will want to be familiar with the contents of this book."

--David H. Barlow, Ph.D, ABPP, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and Founder, Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University, USA

"In Critical Issues in School-Based Mental Health, Holt and Grills have assembled a cast of leading authors to discuss a wide array of mental health concerns affecting students. Chapters are comprehensive and clearly-written, and expertly detail the available knowledge about the nature of the problem area and associated interventions. This text is a must-have for any provider who works with children, and has broad relevance for school-based practitioners across multiple disciplines."

--Eric A. Storch, Ph.D., All Children’s Hospital Guild Endowed Chair & Professor, University of South Florida, USA