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McLaughlin Discusses Status of Mental Health in Schools

Courtney McLaughlin, assistant professor in the Educational and School Psychology Department, and Jill Haak, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Maryland School of Medicine Center for School Mental Health, presented “Updating the Literature on the Status of Mental Health in the Schools” at the Mental Health Education Integration Consortium (MHEDIC) meeting in Deerfield, Fla., on November 7–9, 2013.

McLaughlin is a member of MHEDIC and serves on the Membership and Governance Committee. Membership is obtained by invitation and committee vote. 

MHEDIC is a consortium of researchers, leaders, and practitioners focused on facilitating the integration of mental health into the pre-K through grade 12 education system through improvements in training, practice, research, and policy and by promoting interconnections across these realms. MHEDIC promotes interdisciplinary collaboration and professional workforce preparation for the many disciplines involved in supporting student learning and mental health, including educators, mental health and health staff, families and youth, advocates, and others. MHEDIC equips and empowers educators in their roles as promoters of student mental health and fosters effective functioning by mental health staff in schools through preservice, graduate, and in-service training and ongoing support. MHEDIC assists schools and collaborating mental health and other community systems in working together effectively toward policy change and resource enhancement that contributes to the achievement of valued outcomes. A key emphasis for MHEDIC is school mental health programs and services involving a full continuum of effective mental health promotion, prevention, early intervention, and intervention that assists students and reduces/removes barriers to their learning.

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