A Qualitative Investigation of the Referral Process From School Counselors to Mental Health Providers

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Carrie A. Wachter Morris, Associate Professor & School Counseling Coordinator (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: This qualitative study explores the referral process to mental health providers by school counselors, as perceived by school counselors. Using an open-ended survey instrument, school counselors were asked to describe the referral process, including prevalence, decisional factors, follow-up, and evaluation. Results suggest that school counselors value mental health providers, engage in collaborative relationships, and utilize these relationships throughout referral situations, but that communication and teaming between these two sets of professionals may be lacking after the referral is made. Implications for mental health professionals and school counselors and recommendations for best practices are presented.

Additional Information

Journal of School Counseling, 8 (32)
Language: English
Date: 2010
School counselors, Mental Health Providers, Collaboration

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