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Concept to Action Making Health Academic Home Concept to Action


Action Steps

Comprehensive School Health Education

Counseling, Psychological, and Social Services

Healthy Schools Environment

Family and Community Involvement

School Health Services

School Nutrition

Physical Education

Health Promotion for Staff

Action Steps for Implementing School Counseling, Psychological, and Social Services

Actions for Schools

  • Revise the school's mission statement to include a comprehensive focus on addressing barriers to learning and enhancing healthy development
  • Ensure the assignment of a site leader and the creation of a steering group to plan and oversee the policy commitments and systemic changes needed to address those barriers
  • Map and analyze resources in the school and community
  • Increase the amount of staff development devoted to strategies for addressing barriers to learning and enhancing healthy development

Actions for School Complexes and Districts

Ensure that:

  • Mission statements at all levels reflect commitment to addressing barriers to learning and enhancing healthy development
  • The organizational structure includes the necessary leadership to plan and implement systemic changes
  • Coordinating bodies exist that bring together people and resources from several schools
  • Appropriate staff development and other capacity-building efforts are provided

Actions for State and National Organizations and Colleges and Universities

  • Establish a broad unifying concept that can help increase policy support and guide research and practice related to addressing barriers to student learning and enhancing healthy development, including an increased emphasis on prevention
  • Develop interagency collaborative agreements
  • Establish incentives for systemic changes to develop comprehensive, integrated approaches
  • Provide opportunities to learn more about concepts and strategies for addressing barriers to learning and enhancing healthy development
  • Adopt cross-disciplinary perspectives and integrated practices

Adapted by permission of the publisher from Marx, E. & Wooley, S. F. (Eds. (1998). Health Is Academic. New York: Teachers College Press, 1998 by Education Development Center, Inc. All rights reserved.

For a more detailed discussion of School Counseling, Psychological, and Social Services, see the book Health Is Academic.

Related Links

Early Warning, Timely Response: A Guide to Safe Schools, USED

Maternal and Child Health Bureau, USDHHS

National Standards for School Counseling Programs, ASCA

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, USDHHS

UCLA School Mental Health Project

UMB Center for School Mental Health Assistance

Here is a sample of national organizations that can provide resources and support for school counseling, psychological, and social services and CSHPs:

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

American Psychological Association

American Public Human Services Association

American School Counselor Association

Communities in Schools, Inc.

National Association of School Psychologists

National Association of Social Workers

National Association of Student Assistance Professionals

For other organizations that support school health, click on Links.


 

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