This book seeks to offer a user-friendly, practical guide on school-based mental health counseling approaches for K-12 school counselors, psychologists, and other mental health professionals. Highlighting best practices, this book will explain how these educators can provide counseling in the secondary and tertiary prevention levels of the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Response to Intervention (RTI) frameworks. Informative and research-based, this book is tailored for busy professionals.

The Need for Mental Health Counseling in Schools

The need for mental health counseling in schools

As reviewed in the previous chapter, there is clearly a need for mental health services in schools for children and adolescents. We also discussed the importance of an integrative framework in the provision of school-based mental health services. In this chapter we focus on counseling as an intervention. Individual and group counseling is considered one of the least difficult types of school mental health services to provide. More important questions, though, are whether responsive school-based counseling is relevant and effective. In this chapter, we begin to answer these questions by considering the potential benefits and limitations of school-based counseling (Chapter 6 reviews the current empirical evidence of school-based counseling outcomes). ...

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