ERIC Number: EJ1088368
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Promoting School Mental Health Competencies: Exploring the Utility of Decision Cases for Pre-Service Learning
Iachini, Aidyn L.; Wolfer, Terry A.
Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, v8 n2 p104-120 2015
Preparation of the school mental health (SMH) workforce is an important priority. Significant gaps remain, however, in our understanding of which pre-service training strategies may be most effective for promoting essential cross-disciplinary SMH competencies. In response, this paper describes the case method of teaching and provides pilot evaluation data demonstrating the potential value of this pedagogical strategy for promoting these SMH competencies. Specifically, 173 pre-service social work graduate students completed a seven-item survey and answered four open-ended questions related to their learning and how it might influence their practice. Quantitative data revealed that students' reported knowledge gains related to the two SMH competency domains assessed--interprofessional and cross-systems collaboration. Qualitative data revealed that students not only gained knowledge in these domains, but also gained knowledge across the other five SMH competency domains as well. Student responses also suggested broader learning outcomes related to collaborative learning, reflection, and the complexities of real world SMH practice. The paper concludes with implications for SMH training, practice, and research.
Descriptors: Social Work, Professional Education, Graduate Students, Student Surveys, Mental Health, Case Method (Teaching Technique), Interdisciplinary Approach, Competence, Knowledge Level, Mixed Methods Research, Pilot Projects, Interviews, Qualitative Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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