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ERIC Number: EJ880378
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-1096-2409
Low-Income African-American Caregivers' Experiences of Being Referred to Mental Health Services by the School Counselor: Implications for Best Practices
Tucker, Catherine
Professional School Counseling, v12 n3 p240-252 Feb 2009
Referring students for mental health care is a core job function for school counselors, and one that is often stressful for all parties involved. In this phenomenological study, six low-income African-American caregivers were interviewed about their experiences of having a son or grandson referred for mental health care by the school counselor. Issues of how the participants viewed the school, mental health care, and the process of being referred were explored. Key findings include the caregivers' experiences of alienation in the face of a rigid system for parent involvement in educational decision making, caregivers' perceived lack of power, and caregivers' lack of understanding of school administrative processes. Recommendations for school counseling practice are given, along with suggestions for school counselor education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Counselors
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A