Children, Youth, Families & Schools, Nebraska Center for Research on

 

Date of this Version

March 2006

Comments

Presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, Anaheim, CA. March 2006. Permission to use.

Abstract

- Approximately 20% of children and adolescents are affected by a mental disorder (National Institute of Mental Health, 2005), 22% suffer from obesity, and an additional 10% suffer from asthma (Creer & Bender, 1995; Troiano, Flegal, Kuczmarski, Campbell, & Johnson, 1995).

- Educational reform emphasizes that schools must begin to address how mental and physical health issues are potential barriers to learning (Adelman & Taylor, 1998).

- An interdisciplinary approach is necessary to meet the multiple needs of children across systems (Power, Shapiro, & DuPaul, 2003).

- The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), American Psychological Association (APA), and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) have developed specific training guidelines for intersystemic collaboration (Power, DuPaul, Shapiro, & Kazak, 2003).

- Recently, pediatric school psychology training has been recommended to promote interdisciplinary collaboration and communication (Power, DuPaul et al., 2003; Shaw, 2003).

- To address this need, a collaborative partnership between the School Psychology Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and the Munroe Meyer Institute at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) was developed to provide school psychology doctoral students with interdisciplinary leadership training.

- From this partnership, an interdisciplinary approach to working with children and families was developed through the application of CBC in a pediatric setting.

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