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Practitioner and Professional Development:
Virtual Toolbox for Mental Health in Schools

This online toolbox compiles a sample of various brief resources developed by the national Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA. There are many additional resources accessible by clicking on the Center's Online Clearinghouse Quick Finds and the catalogue of Resources and Publications.

While this toolbox is intended as an adjunct to the book Mental Health in Schools: Engaging Learners, Preventing Problems, and Improving Schools (Corwin Press, 2010), its contents should be useful to any school practitioner and those involved in pre-and inservice professional development programs.

The toolbox reflects a broad view of mental health in schools and of the role mental health plays in the well-being of students, their families, and their teachers. Also stressed is the value of embedding mental health into a comprehensive classroom and school-wide system for addressing barriers to learning and teaching and re-engaging disconnected students as an essential facet of ensuring all students have an equal opportunity to succeed at school.

Each section of the toolbox is under continuous development.
All feedback and suggestions will be appreciated.
Send comments to Ltaylor@ucla.edu

CONTENTS
The Nine Sections of the Toolbox are:

  1. Framing Mental Health in Schools
  2. Concerns and Controversies
  3. Challenges and Opportunities in the Classroom
  4. About Behavior Problems and Social and Emotional Learning
  5. Mental Health Assistance for Students at School
  6. Focusing on the Well-being of School Staff
  7. On-line Clearinghouse Quick Finds and Fact & Information Resources
  8. Online Continuing Education Modules & Guidebooks
  9. Quick Training Aids & Tutorials

Section I.
Framing Mental Health in Schools

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Section II.
Concerns and Controversies

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Section III.
Challenges and Opportunities in the Classroom

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Section IV.
About Behavior Problems and Social and Emotional Learning

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Section V.
Mental Health Assistance for Students at School

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Section VI.
Focusing on the Well-being of School Staff

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Section VII.
On-line Clearinghouse Quick Finds
and Fact & Information Resources

QUICK FINDS: A topical set of resources that is readily accessed through a menu (direct website addresses are provided).

The menu of over 130 specific Quick Finds covers topics related to disaster response, classroom management, motivation (including engagement and re-engagement in classroom learning), social and emotional development, and much more. Some of the Quick Finds provide links directly to staff/stakeholder development and training aids and tutorials and continuing education modules.
http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu/quicksearch.htm

FACT & INFORMATION RESOURCES, AND BRIEF AIDS

Center developed brief fact and information resources
http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu/materials/trainingpresentation.htm#fact

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Section VIII.
Online Continuing Education Modules & Guidebooks

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Section IX.
Quick Training Aids & Tutorials

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