ERIC Number: ED099153
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1964
Reference Count: N/A
Mobilizing a Rural Community for Mental Health.
Morris, Glyn; Gosline, Ernest
County school administrators and supervisors, school counselors, school psychologists, teachers, Parent Teacher Association members, clergymen (both Protestant and Catholic), a consulting psychiatrist, and members of the County Medical Society of Lewis County, New York all worked together (November 1959-June 1963) "to organize the resources of a rural county to create a climate in which mental health grows." A resource library of some 150 professional books and many pamphlets on mental health was established, and numerous meetings, workshops, conferences, and lectures (both formal and informal) went into the planning and strategy of this group oriented effort. Two experts were employed to design the research of several programs (such as the 3-year Child Study Program, designed to evaluate student and teacher attitudes) and to tabulate resulting data, while other experiences were evaluated subjectively. Tentative rationale for developing a community mental health program was effected by the Consulting Psychiatrist. Conceived as a workable "blue print" for rural communities concerned with developing mental health programs based on the Lewis County experience, this report emphasizes total community involvement and the importance of working in groups. "Difficulties encountered" included semantic problems, professional semantics vs. nonprofessional; bungling of the research aspect, since project and research were not conceived as a unit; and an attempt to handle more territory than was possible, given the time limit of the project. (JC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Lewis County Board of Cooperative Educational Services, Lyons Falls, NY.
Identifiers - Location: New York