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Psychiatry and Schools


This group will focus on issues related to psychiatric services in schools. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the roles of psychiatrists who work in schools, and interdisciplinary collaboration among psychiatrists and other professionals working in schools, including primary health care professionals. One of the goals will be to consider what kind of training is needed for psychiatrists to be effective school consultants and providers. Other important issues include the development of guidelines for appropriate medication prescribing in schools, and ways to utilize psychiatric services optimally in the face of severe shortages of child and adolescent psychiatrists. This discussion group is open to psychiatrists, educators, school health professionals and all others with an interest in this topic. We hope this forum will encourage psychiatrists who work in schools and those who interact with them to share their experiences and challenges. We hope this joint effort will lead to the development of effective recommendations and, ultimately, improved psychiatric support in schools. -

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* Psychiatry in Schools Presentations at the CSMH Annual Meeting
Posted on Tuesday 9th August 2011, 2:13pm by Lois Flaherty
Please note the program will include several presentations in the Psychiatry in Schools track, and our Practice Group will be meeting throughout the meeting. You can access the program at the CSMH Website,

Hope to see you there.

* Conference Call Tuesday April 12 Please see announcement
Posted on Monday 11th April 2011, 5:42pm by Lois Flaherty
Please note that practice group members are invited to join the call
Reminder and Agenda: National CoP on School Behavioral Health Call
Date: April 12, 2011 at 2:00 pm EST
Dial in: 1-866-579-8110
Pass code: 729711#


For the last several months you have been working together to create the strands for the National Conference. Beginning with tomorrow’s call, we will be checking in routinely to stay connected to the work of the Practice Groups (PG) and the States..and maybe do some cross-over between the two!

In the first 45 minutes, we will meet with practice group facilitators. Please feel free to invite your practice group members to join if they are involved in any of the activities this year. State team members are welcome as well.

First we will get some updates form the PG. Please be prepared to share briefly what else you have done in addition to the proposal selection. Next , PG facilitators will reflect on the planning document ( Reflection and Planning - attached) provided at the CoP meeting to guide the work in 2010-11.

Next we will review a draft document to help provide some ideas for PG work and sharing. This document ( Get the Rhythm) will also document some of the key PG initiatives and help us plan across the community to feature the work of the PG to the entire CoP.

We will be including some of these PG vignettes in the modules that we are developing for OSEP. We may ask for some short video interviews to accompany the vignettes.

At the end of the PG call, and as the states begin to join, we will do a 5 -10 minute bridge to consider issue that impact both groups. First we will hear the report of the 2011 conference planning and program. Then we will consider the focus of the next CoP meeting. Again I propose to use the time to crosswalk investments and initiatives. Last year we cross walked SBH and the national agenda: Cradle to College and Career. We began to articulate intersections of SBH with school climate, public health models, transition across agencies and a framework for SBH /PBIS integration. This year I propose to crosswalk school behavioral health investments across agencies and divisions within agencies that could be brought into closer connection at the national and the state levels. These include, PBIS, School Climate, and school mental health. Many of the TA members of our CoP are providing services within these investments and have good insight into the linkages. We will work with the Cop to refine the topic and the issues that we will pursue together.

In the last 30-40 minutes we will work with the state teams.

First, we will hear very brief reports from states that have had meetings, or CoP action since the national meeting.

Then, we will review the State Reflection and Planning Document from the 2010 meeting and firm up the plan to work with states on their CoP building activities and the outcomes of their shared work.

We will be including some of these vignettes in the modules that we will be developing for OSEP. We may ask for some short video interviews to accompany the vignettes.

***For both PG and states, we will be using the Evaluation Framework designed by Etienne Wenger (attached) to capture stories and the day-to-day narratives


* Center for School Mental Health Call for Papers (Due January 10, 2011)
Posted on Tuesday 31st August 2010, 12:01pm by Lois Flaherty
Center for School Mental Health Call for Papers (Due January 10, 2011)

Special Issue on Collaboration among Schools, Families, and Communities
Co-Editors: Dawn Anderson-Butcher, Elizabeth Mellin, and LauraBronstein

Some children and youth are coming to school with multiplechallenges that impede their ability to learn. Others are in need ofopportunities that expand their learning and overall healthy development. As aresult, it is increasingly important to maximize and align school, family andcommunity resources in an effort to ensure all children succeed in school andinto adulthood. While successful environments may be in place in one system oranother, collaboration among systems that support child well being and learningis a necessity.

Advances in SchoolMental Health Promotion will publish a special issue on collaboration amongschools, families, and communities. The over-arching goal will be to raiseawareness of the different systems and contexts that support child well-beingand learning; while also explore innovative cross-system approaches designed tomaximize school, family, and community resources and the linkages among them.

We seek papers grounded in an ecological perspective,focusing on one of the following: individual, family, school, peer, orcommunity systems, and the linkages among that system and the others. Papers for this issue should focus on what happens in the “between” and “among”; not within the systems themselves (inother words, what happens in the ‘hyphen”). All submissions should emphasizethe systems-level capacity building strategies needed for successfulcollaboration. We are interested in highlighting successful leadershipstructures, staffing roles and patterns, policy and procedural innovations,data-driven decision making processes, teaming systems, private/publicpartnerships, measurement and evaluation approaches, and empowerment andadvocacy strategies.

Program descriptions and other anecdotal accounts oflocalized strategies are not appropriate for this issue. Additionally, those papers focusing on only one type of collaboration that do not involve complex multiple-pathway prioritiesare not suitable for this issue. Papers that attend to the unique culture ofschools, families, and communities and offer contextually responsive strategiesfor bridging these three systems will be prioritized.

Email submissions by 5:00 p.m. on January 10th2011 directly to Dawn Anderson-Butcher at (

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