Barriers to Learning: The Case for Integrated Mental Health Services in Schools

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R&L Education, Jul 16, 2010 - Education - 132 pages
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A key concern for educators, administrators, professional support services personnel, parents and policy makers are barriers to learning, particularly student mental health. Statistics reveal that up to 20 percent of children and youth have mental health issues and up to 80 percent do not receive proper intervention. Barriers to Learning enables readers to gain valuable insight into the challenges presented in classrooms today. This book presents a unique classification and review of various mental health and learning issues. The authors link current education and child and youth mental health reforms to make the case for improving services to address barriers to learning. This book includes a unique School-based Integrated Student Support Model (SISSM), which, within the context of exceptional school leadership and instruction, provides a framework for timely and evidence-based integrated and collaborative services to reduce, manage, and prevent barriers to learning for all students.
 

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Contents

BARRIERS TO LEARNING
1
BIOLOGICALPSYCHOLOGICAL BARRIERS TO LEARNING
7
ENVIRONMENTALCIRCUMSTANTIAL BARRIERS TO LEARNING
23
NEGATIVE OUTCOMES OF INADEQUATE INTERVENTION FOR BARRIERS TO LEARNING
29
EDUCATION AND MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM REFORMS AND BARRIERS TO LEARNING
39
SCHOOL SYSTEM APPROACHES TO BARRIERS TO LEARNING
51
REDUCTION MANAGEMENT AND PREVENTION OF BARRIERS TO LEARNING
69
EPILOGUE
87
CONCLUSION
93
NOTES
95
REFERENCES
103
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
119
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Debra S. Lean has more than twenty years of experience in children's mental health and school psychology. She is the chief psychologist at the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board and is a member of several government-supported child and youth mental health initiatives. Vincent Colucci has more than thirty years of professional social work experience in the fields of mental health and education. His current responsibilities at the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board include working with students, parents, and school personnel at the elementary and high school levels.

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