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Effective Practice in an Ever-shifting Landscape: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Behavioral and Mental Health Support in Schools

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Federal data indicate little improvement in outcome for students with, or at risk for, emotional and behavior disorders (EBD) since the early 1980s. For these students, there is a chronic shortage of trained teachers, most of whom have less than five years of experience. Students and their teachers are inextricably linked. Research highlights the need for multi-disciplinary and multi-modal approaches to change outcomes for these students, effectiveness coming mostly from multi-component interventions. This article presents such a multi-modal approach, created by a multi-disciplinary team. This multi-component intervention is designed to change outcomes for both these students and their teachers. Described is a comprehensive educational, applied behavior analytic, and mental health support system, embedded in a school district. Preliminary outcome data of this comprehensive student and staff support system (CSSS) indicate positive student academic, behavioral and mental health outcomes, and positive staff training and coaching outcomes, to ensure sustainability of the system.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2011-10-01

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  • Published by The Clifford Beers Foundation, in collaboration with the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Advances in School Mental Health Promotion emphasises the interconnectedness of research, policy, training and practice and the opportunities to make progress in all these areas through global dialogue, collaboration and action. Mark Weist (University of South Carolina and former director/senior advisor of the Center for School Mental Health) and Michael Murray (The Clifford Beers Foundation) are the editors, supported by a distinguished international editorial board.

    Advances in School Mental Health Promotion is an academic journal that co-ordinates the dissemination of new research outcomes to all those involved in policy making and the implementation of mental health promotion in schools and is essential reading for those with a personal or professional interest in this work.

    Peer reviewed by an expert international board, the Journal is a comprehensive information resource which publishes material of distinction submitted by those with a clinical, professional, academic or personal interest in promoting mental health in schools

    The aim of the Journal is to increase awareness, foster understanding and promote collaboration between the different disciplines engaged in this diverse activity of study.

    Advances in School Mental Health Promotion is the official journal of the International Alliance for Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Schools (InterCAMHS), an alliance that aims to promote the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.

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