ERIC Number: ED450299
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Framing New Directions for School Counselors, Psychologists, & Social Workers. A Center Report.
California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for Mental Health in Schools.
In many schools, the educational mission is thwarted because of multifaceted factors that interfere with youngsters' learning and performance. It is for this reason that schools invest in educational support programs and services. It is somewhat surprising how little attention educational policymakers give to rethinking this area of school activity. If all students are to have an equal opportunity to succeed in school, there must be a focus on restructuring school and community resources designed to counter youngsters' learning, behavioral, emotional, and health problems. From a practical perspective, one place to start is by restructuring the work of school counselors, psychologists, social workers, and other pupil service personnel. Framing new directions for such professionals is an essential facet of enhancing educational results. This report highlights the current state of affairs and emerging trends with respect to addressing barriers to student learning and discusses implications for reframing the roles of school counselors, psychologists, and social workers. With changing functions comes the need for changes in preservice preparation, certification, and continuing professional development. Thus, this report concludes with a series of frameworks to suggest ways to rethink these matters. An appendix provides curriculum areas for an enabling component. (Contains 34 references.) (MKA)
Descriptors: Certification, Counseling Services, Counselor Role, Counselor Training, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Intervention, Prevention, Professional Development, Programs, Pupil Personnel Workers, School Community Relationship, School Counselors, School Psychologists, School Social Workers, Trend Analysis
School Mental Health Project, Center for Mental Health in Schools, Dept. of Psychology, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563. Tel: 310-825-3634; Fax: 310-206-8716; Web site: http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu; e-mail: email@example.com.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Center for Mental Health Services.; Health Resources and Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Washington, DC. Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for Mental Health in Schools.