ERIC Number: ED212936
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
A Model for the Delivery of Psychological Services to Rural Schools.
This paper describes a program that links a community mental health center and a rural education cooperative for the provision of psychological services to children experiencing emotional/behavioral problems. The program description provides background information and lists reasons for selecting a flexible problem-solving consultee-centered format that: (1) provides a practical field-based approach; (2) improves mental health knowledge and skill levels of school personnel; (3) favors an egalitarian emphasis; and (4) builds on the independent nature of consultees who want to solve their own problems. The variety of available intervention options and the extent of their utilization is also discussed. The difficulty in recruiting and keeping qualified staff in rural programs is noted and reasons for staffing the program with doctoral level school psychology interns supervised by a staff psychologist are explained. Utilization and evaluation outcomes of the program for the 1980-81 school year are presented in terms of entry into schools, caseloads, activity levels, presenting problems, interventions, acceptability, and success. Program weaknesses are also discussed along with possible solutions. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (89th, Los Angeles, CA, August 24-26, 1981).