Mental Health Interventions for School Counselors

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2010-02-26
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing

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In today's classroom, effective prevention and intervention are more critical than ever. An exciting new first edition delivers a collaborative "how to" guide for both preventive and intervention-oriented counseling in school settings. MENTAL HEALTH INTERVENTIONS FOR SCHOOLS offers up-to-the-minute coverage of the most common mental health or psychosocial/emotional issues and disorders facing schoolchildren and youth--issues that can negatively impact their learning and long-term educational development. The text features the work of some of the most highly regarded counselor educators in the field. Each chapter provides a solid overview of a mental health concern and then focuses on school- and research-based actions that are preventive and intervention oriented as well as proven effective in school settings.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. x
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorderp. 1
Characteristics of ADHDp. 1
Recommendations for School Counseling Practicep. 4
Helping Teachers Acknowledge ADHDp. 5
Helping Teachers Become Aware of the Nature and Symptoms of ADHDp. 6
Anticipating the Needs of Students with ADHD and Planning Appropriate Interventionsp. 7
Accommodating the Needs of Students with ADHDp. 7
Consulting with School Psychologists and Medical Professionalsp. 8
Direct School Counselor Interventionp. 9
The Journeyp. 10
Teaching Self-Monitoring Strategiesp. 11
Working with High School Studentsp. 11
Stop and Thinkp. 12
Summaryp. 12
Referencesp. 13
Externalizing Behavior Disorders: Supporting Students with Aggression and Violent Tendenciesp. 16
Characteristics of Externalizing Behaviors and Behavior Disordersp. 18
Prevalence and Etiologyp. 19
Identifying Externalizing Behaviorsp. 19
Assessing Externalizing Behaviorsp. 20
Assessment Processp. 21
Recommendations for School Counseling Practice-Interventionsp. 27
Behavior Managementp. 29
Counseling Interventionp. 30
Educational/Vocational Planningp. 30
Summaryp. 31
Referencesp. 31
Internalizing Behavior Disorders: Supporting Students with Depression, Anxiety, and Self-injurious Behaviorp. 35
Anxiety and Depressionp. 36
Characteristics of Depression and Anxiety Disordersp. 38
Depression-Early Warning Signsp. 38
Anxiety-Early Warning Signsp. 39
From Early Warning Signs to Depression and Anxiety Disordersp. 39
Age of Onset and Prevalence Ratesp. 40
Anxiety and Depression Disorders in Special Education Languagep. 44
Recommendations for School Counseling Practicep. 45
Implement a Comprehensive School Counseling Programp. 45
Create and Implement a System of Positive Behavior Support (PBS)p. 45
Establish and Implement Prevention Activities in Conjunction with a School-Based Mental Health Screening Planp. 46
Work Toward Preventionp. 47
Self-Injurious Behavior (SIB)p. 50
Characteristics and Prevalence Ratesp. 51
Assisting Students At-Risk for and Engaging in SIBp. 52
Summaryp. 54
Referencesp. 56
Eating Disorders, Obesity, and Body Image Concerns: Prevention and Interventionp. 63
Overview and Characteristics of Eating Disordersp. 65
Subtypes, Prevalence, and Long-Term Outcomesp. 66
The BRIDGE Model of Healthy Versus Unhealthy Body Imagep. 67
Recommendations for School Counseling Practicep. 69
Eating Disorder Prevention in Schoolsp. 69
School-Wide Prevention Programsp. 70
Early Identificationp. 74
Early Assessmentp. 74
Talking about Eating Disorders with At-Risk Students and Their Caregiversp. 76
Making a Referral for Outside Interventionp. 77
Supporting the Student in Recoveryp. 77
Phases of Interventionp. 78
Supportive Intervention Approaches for School Counselorsp. 79
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapyp. 80
Guided Imageryp. 80
Narrative Therapyp. 80
Summaryp. 81
Referencesp. 82
Substance Abuse: Implications for School Counseling Practicep. 87
Characteristics and Warning Signs of Substance Abuse by Students and in Familiesp. 89
Prevalencep. 90
Potential Consequencesp. 91
Warning Signs and Identificationp. 91
Children of Alcoholicsp. 93
Potential Consequencesp. 93
Warning Signsp. 94
Recommendations for School Counseling Practicep. 94
Brief Family Systems Approachp. 97
Motivational Counselingp. 98
Summaryp. 101
Referencesp. 102
Child Sexual Abusep. 106
Defining Developmentally Normal Sexual Behavior in Childrenp. 107
Evaluating Children's Sexual Behaviorsp. 107
Level of Incidence of Sexual Issuesp. 109
Signs of Sexual Abuse in Childrenp. 109
Student Disclosurep. 110
Interviewing Potential Victims of Child Sexual Abusep. 111
Legal and Ethical Issues in Reporting Child Sexual Abusep. 112
Legal Responsibilitiesp. 113
Ethical Issuesp. 114
Sexual Abuse in Schoolsp. 115
Prevention and Interventionsp. 116
Summaryp. 119
Referencesp. 120
Students with Severe Acting-Out Behavior: A Family Intervention Approachp. 123
Essential Characteristics of Acting-Out Behaviorsp. 125
Common Diagnostic Features and Associated Factorsp. 125
Effective Family Interventionsp. 126
Specific Family Interventionsp. 126
Structural-Strategic Family Interventionp. 128
Resources for Professional School Counselorsp. 131
Summaryp. 133
Referencesp. 133
Suicide Issuesp. 135
Background Informationp. 137
Prevalencep. 137
Warning Signs and Characteristics of Suicidep. 138
Recommendations for School Counseling Practicep. 141
Preventionp. 141
Suicide Risk Assessmentp. 143
Interventionsp. 146
Postventionp. 147
Summaryp. 148
Referencesp. 149
Learning Disabilitiesp. 154
Characteristics of Learning Disabilitiesp. 156
Defining Learning Disabilitiesp. 156
Prevalencep. 156
Prognosisp. 157
Observable Warning Signs-Internalizing and Externalizing Behaviorsp. 157
Legal Issues and Legislation Governing Learning Disabilitiesp. 159
Civil Rights Legislationp. 159
Exceptional Education Legislationp. 162
Diagnosing a Learning Disability under IDEIA (2004)p. 165
Recommendations for School Counseling Practicep. 167
General Intervention Strategiesp. 167
Counseling Servicesp. 170
Summaryp. 172
Referencesp. 172
Short Biographies of Contributorsp. 177
Indexp. 182
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