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Volume 7, Issue 3 (1978)

Program Development and Gaining Access in Community Mental Health Consultation to the Schools

pp. 53—57

Community mental health centers share responsibility with the school system in their communities for the psychosocial development and mental health of the children and their parents who live there, and many centers work to develop partnerships with the schools. They use consultation as a major tool in the expansion of mental health resources in the schools. Through consultation, center staff can assist school personnel to understand and deal with human relations problems which occur in the course of their daily work, to identify and refer the seriously disturbed, and to maintain children, suffering from lesser emotional problems, in their normal classrooms. Center consultants also encourage the schools to develop new programs which will serve the emotionally disturbed and to examine their normal institutional environments to ensure that they do not increase the stress, tension, and frustration amongst those they serve. Consultants use their consultation as a method for staff training, problem solving, and crisis management. They assist school administrators to increase the mental health resources and manpower in the school system and to improve the quality of school environment.

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