Assessment & Screening

Periodically, windows of opportunities arise for providing inservice at schools about mental health and psychosocial concerns. When such opportunities appear, it may be helpful to access one or more of our Center's Quick Training Aids.

Each of these offers a brief set of resources to guide those providing an inservice session. (They also are a form of quick self-tutorial.)    

Most encompass    
  • key talking points for a short training session    
  • a brief overview of the topic    
  • facts sheets    
  • tools    
  • a sampling of other related information and resources
  • In compiling resource material, the Center tries to identify those that represent "best practice" standards. If you know of better material, please let us know so that we can make improvements.

    Guide for Suggested Talking Points

    1. Brief Overview

    1. Present main points from:
      ABCs of Assessment - Excerpted from a Center Introductory Packet entitled: Assessing to Address Barriers to Learning.
        
      1. Defines assessment as process of description and judgement.
          
      2. Exihibit on Barriers to Learning, parenting, and Teaching illustrates the range of areas to be assessed (not just a focus on the individual student).
         
      3. Four functions expand thinking about the use of assessment.
         
      4. Figure integrates these ideas into a graphic overview.
          
    2. Screening: A Note of Caution - Excerpted from a Center Resource Aid Packet entitled: Screening/Assessing Students: Indicator and Tools Newlsetter.
        
      1. Puts assessing and screening into context.
          

  • Fact Sheets/Practice Notes
    1. The Nature and Scope of Assessment Activity - Excerpted from a Center Resource Aid Packet entitled: Screening/Assessing Students: Indicator and Tools Newlsetter.
        
      1. This fact sheet gives an overview for reviewing the functions, phases, focus, and types of assessment procedures.
          
    2. Being Alert to Indicators of Psychosocial and Mental Health Problems - Excerpted from a Center Resource Aid Packet entitled: Screening/Assessing Students: Indicator and Tools Newlsetter.
        
      1. This fact sheet sensitizes school staff to possible problems that may need further assessment.
          
    3. Talking With Kids - Excerpted from a Center Newsletter:Volume 6, Number 1: Winter, 2001
        
      1. This fact sheet gives an overview for reviewing the functions, phases, focus, and types of assessment procedures.
          

  • Tools/Handouts
    1. Request for Assistance in Addressing Concerns about a Student/Family - A First Level Screening Tool - Excerpted from Center Resource Aid packet entitled: Screening/Assessing Student: Indicator and Tools
       
      1. This document can be used as a handout. It provides a form for requesting assistance.
         
    2. Prereferral Intervention as Assessment - Excerpted from Center Resource Aid packet entitled: Screening/Assessing Student: Indicator and Tools
       
      1. This is an overview and guideline for assessing through the use of classroom intervention.
         
    3. About Interviewing - Excerpted from Center Resource Aid packet entitled: Screening/Assessing Student: Indicator and Tools
       
      1. Guidelines for conducting interviews.
         
    4. Exploring the Problem with the Student Family - (Spanish Available) - Excerpted from Center Resource Aid packet entitled: Screening/Assessing Student: Indicator and Tools
       
      1. An overview of the types of information that one might pursue in order to learn a bit more about a student's problem.
         
    5. Example of an initial Counseling Interview - (Spanish Available) - Excerpted from Center Resource Aid packet entitled: Screening/Assessing Student: Indicator and Tools
       
      1. This form should be used as a guide and provides an example of an initial counseling interview. It is intended to be used for all but very young students.
         
    6. A Crisis Screening Interview - (Spanish Available) - Excerpted from Center Resource Aid packet entitled: Screening/Assessing Student: Indicator and Tools
       
    7. Suicidal Assessment -- Checklist - Excerpted from Center Resource Aid packet entitled: Screening/Assessing Student: Indicator and Tools
       
      1. An exploratory guide with follow up steps.
         

  • Additional Resources
    1. QuickFind on Assessment & Screening (printer-friendly format)
      To view the web-based quick find on Assessment & Screening, click here

  • Originals for Overheads
  • The following can be copied to overhead transparencies to assist in presenting this material.
    1. Assessment Processes and Purposes
    2. The Prereferral Process as Assessment
    3. Talking With Kids
    4. About interviewing


    This material provided by: UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools/Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563
    (310) 825-3634/ Fax: (310) 206-8716/ Email: smhp@ucla.edu

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