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UCLA School Mental Health Project
Center for Mental Health in Schools
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Continuing Education: Unit I

Addressing Barriers to Learning
New Directions for Mental Health in Schools

Placing Mental Health
into the Context of Schools
and the 21st Century


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Sections - Click below
Section A.
Introductory Overview
Section B.
The Need to Enhance Healthy Development and Address Barriers to Learning
Section C.
Addressing the Need: Moving Toward a Comprehensive Approach
A Wide range of Responses
for a Wide Range of Problems

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This unit is one of a set of three focused on the school's role in addressing psychosocial and mental health problems that interfere with students' learning and performance.

Schools of the 21st century will call upon us all to play new and expanding roles. Today's schools have both the opportunity and the responsibility to lead the way into the new century. To do so, they must become major participants in movements to reform and restructure schools, and they must help shape initiatives that are attempting to link community resources to schools.

Working closely with others who are concerned with psychosocial problems and healthy development, schools can broaden reform and restructuring in ways that truly address the barriers to student learning and enhance healthy development. In the process, they will continue to redefine their roles and functions and expand the ways in which schools contribute to the well-being of young people and the society.