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Roles and Functions of School Mental Health Professionals Within Comprehensive School Mental Health Systems

About the Course

This course will examine the need for comprehensive mental health services in the school setting. Mental health concerns have risen among youth, and the factors involved with this increase will be examined. The current study being discussed in this article/course describes and discusses the core clinical competencies which are needed to implement the key features of a comprehensive school-based mental health system. The training standards and professional competencies of four school-based mental health professionals (school psychologists, school social workers, school counselors, and school nurses) will be discussed. Additionally, allocation of these professionals’ time is reviewed based on a systematic review of the literature. Recommendations for implementing an integrated model of school mental health (SMH) services are described.

This course is based on the reading-based online article, Roles and Functions of School Mental Health Professionals Within Comprehensive School Mental Health Systems created by Faith Zabek, Ph.D., NCSP et al. in 2023.

Publication Date:

School mental health, 15(1), 1–18 2022

Course Material Authors

Course Material Authors authored the material only, and were not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Faith Zabek, Ph.D., NCSP

Faith Zabek, Ph.D., NCSP is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Virginia School of Education and Human Development. Dr. Zabek earned a Ph.D. in School Psychology from Georgia State University. She is also a Nationally Certified School Psychologist.

Michael D. Lyons, Ph.D., NCSP

Michael D. Lyons, Ph.D., NCSP is an Associate Professor and Clinical and School Psychology Program Director at the University of Virginia School of Education and Human Development. Dr. Lyons earned his Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of South Carolina. He is also a Nationally Certified School Psychologist.

Course Creator

Anna Lynn Hollis, Ph.D., School Psychologist

Anna Hollis, Ph.D., NCSP, is a nationally certified school psychologist currently living near Detroit, Michigan. She is licensed as a psychologist in 2 states (Michigan and South Carolina) and certified as a school psychologist in in 5 states (South Carolina, Michigan, Vermont, Pennsylvania, and Maryland). She is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA); the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP); the Michigan Association of School Psychologists (MASP); and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS). Dr. Hollis obtained her Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of South Carolina. Her professional interests include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); Positive Psychology; Trauma-Informed Practice; and Urban School Psychology.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Recognize and discuss the rise of mental health concerns among youth and the need for comprehensive school-based mental health services.
  2. Identify the core components and challenges of school mental health (SMH) systems.
  3. Describe the training standards and core competencies of 4 school mental health (SMH) professionals (school psychologists, school social workers, school counselors, and school nurses).
  4. Discuss the results of the current study, including comparison of the clinical core competencies needed to implement the key features of school mental health (SMH) services and the professional training of the 4 professionals and a review of the school mental health professionals' time use and regular duties.
  5. Describe and discuss the recommendations for more effective school mental health (SMH) service provision, including potential strategies to maximize the time of SMH professionals.

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Course Number 103334
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