Date of Paper

5-2012

Type of Paper

Clinical research paper

Degree Name

msw

Department

socialwork

First Advisor

Jeong-Kyun Choi

Abstract

The need for school-based mental health services has increased in the past decade, but little is known about the effectiveness and utilization of school-based mental health services. This research will focus on the reported effectiveness and utilization of school-based mental health services in Minnesota. This research focuses on surveying a total of 150 schools, including elementary, middle, and high schools in Minnesota. The survey consisted of quantitative and qualitative questions, as developed by the researcher. The targeted respondents were school social workers school psychologists. Integration of education and mental health services in schools continues to grow rapidly. This research also focuses on the need for school-based mental health services and the benefits of having a school-based mental health program in the school.

The results suggest that school-based mental health services are beneficial to students and are utilized when possible by the student. The most commonly used interventions is social skills training, solution-focused therapy, and group work, as reported to the researcher.

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