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Building a Collaborative Culture for Student Mental Health


      Building a Collaborative Culture for Student Mental Health was formerly called Social, Emotional and Mental Health in Schools. This practice group has as its primary objective to promote the active exchange of ideas and collaboration between school employed and community employed mental health providers, educators, and families. This exchange is to support the social, emotional and mental health and the academic success of all children and adolescents.  Research suggests that the social/emotional health of children and adolescents is linked to their academic and overall success in schools.  A collegial, invitational approach to working together will allow all professionals and families to effect positive systemic change resulting in better informed and skilled school personnel to address the needs of students.  By working together in a collaborative and creative manner, school, family, and community resources can better serve the educational and social/emotional needs of all students and assist in ensuring good mental health. 

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Social, Emotional and Mental Health in Schools Practice Group Re-titled
Posted on Friday 29th January 2010, 6:12pm by Judie Shine
After considerable discussion, the Social, Emotional and Mental Health in Schools (SEMHS) practice group has changed its name to Building a Collaborative Culture for Student Mental Health. The former title did not fully reflect the mission and activities of the group, both of which remain essentially the same. It is believed the new title allows the practice group more flexibility and distinguishes its role more clearly to include, but not be limited to, improving competencies and skills of the workforce at both the pre-service and provider levels. It will also allow us to include activities that address the social and emotional needs of children in relation to academic success, workforce training, and current federal legislation. Increased and improved collaboration between school, community, and parent stakeholders will result in better outcomes for students. 1/2010
Contact Persons for BCCSMH
Posted on Friday 29th January 2010, 6:02pm by Judie Shine
The BCCSMH practice group is facilitated by several persons. If you have questions or want to know more about the group, feel free to email them at the following addresses:

Stacy Skalski, National Association of School Psychologists
Judie Shine, American Council for School Social Work
Amanda Fitzgerald, American School Counselor Association

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