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School mental health services -- United States; School psychologists -- Practice -- United States; United States; Academic theses;


It is estimated that approximately 7 .5 to 9 million children and adolescents are in need of mental health services, but that only 20% of these youths actually receive the services they need (National Association of School Psychologists [NASP], 2002). Because of this, schools across the nation have begun to take preventative measures, specifically school-based mental health services. School psychologists are uniquely prepared to provide these services, but little attention has been paid to their needs and concerns regarding such services. Therefore, members of NASP were given a survey to assess current practices and perspectives regarding mental health services in schools. The effects of years of practice, degree status, and National Certified School Psychologist certification on availability and provision of services and ratings of training adequacy and comfort are explored, along with a number of other factors. Limitations of this study, ideas for future research, and implications of the results will also be discussed.

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Specialist in Education


Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations

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Kimberly Knesting


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