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ERIC Number: EJ914261
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1554-2998
A Qualitative Investigation of the Referral Process from School Counselors to Mental Health Providers
Lemberger, Matthew E.; Wachter Morris, Carrie A.; Clemens, Elysia V.; Smith, Allison L.
Journal of School Counseling, v8 n32 2010
This qualitative study explores the referral process to mental health providers by school counselors, as perceived by school counselors. Using an open-ended survey instrument, school counselors were asked to describe the referral process, including prevalence, decisional factors, follow-up, and evaluation. Results suggest that school counselors value mental health providers, engage in collaborative relationships, and utilize these relationships throughout referral situations, but that communication and teaming between these two sets of professionals may be lacking after the referral is made. Implications for mental health professionals and school counselors and recommendations for best practices are presented. (Contains 2 tables.)
Journal of School Counseling. Montana State University, College of Education, Health and Human Development, P.O. Box 172940, Bozeman, MT 59717. Tel: 406-994-4133; Fax: 406-994-1854; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Counselors
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A