Cultivating a new harvest: Rational and preliminary results from a growing interdisciplinary rural school mental health program

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Kurt D. Michael Ph.D., Professor of Psychology & Dir. of Clin. Serv. (Creator)
Lauren Renkert Ph.D, LCSW, Assistant Professor (Creator)
Institution
Appalachian State University (ASU )
Web Site: http://www.library.appstate.edu/

Abstract: It is well established that a significant number of young people suffer from mental health concerns at any given time. Yet a substantial proportion of these young people do not receive adequate treatment. Thus, in order to address this gap in health care, schools are now seen as a natural setting in which to provide much-needed services to a significant number of children and adolescents who might otherwise go without intervention. The present study provides a description and informative evaluation of one such school mental health (SMH) initiative in a small rural school district in Western North Carolina. The initiative was assessed in comparison with what is known about the current landscape of SMH programs. Specific aspects of the initiative were discussed that might represent evolving trends in service provision, such as using graduate trainees as therapists, systemic implementation of regular interdisciplinary meetings and addressing the mental health needs of young people in rural areas.

Additional Information

Publication
Michael, K.D., Renkert, L. E., Wandler, J., & Stamey, T. (2009). Cultivating a new harvest: Rational and preliminary results from a growing interdisciplinary rural school mental health program. First published in Advances in School Mental Health Promotion. 2(2), 40-50. ISSN: 1754-730X
Language: English
Date: 2009
Keywords
school mental health, rural