Volume 6, Issue 4 (Winter 2012)
Chasing the Unicorn: Practical Implementation of Universal Screening for Behavioral and Emotional Risk
Bridget V. Dever, Tara C. Raines, & Christopher M. Barclay
ABSTRACT: The purpose of this article is to provide evidence to support the notion that a universal screening program can be implemented by schools and districts as a data-driven model for assessing behavioral and emotional risk. First, common myths and perceived barriers to universal screening are reviewed, along with research to help overcome those beliefs. Second, an overview of a variety of universal screening tools that are currently being used in elementary and secondary schools is provided. Finally, logistical considerations that may influence the successful implementation of school-based, universal screening are reviewed in the context of real-world examples of successful screening programs.