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  • Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
Hours: 3 Contact Hours


  • Amy L. Cook, PhD
  • Laura A. Hayden, EdD


Peer Reviewer(s): Denise Ebersole, PhD, LPC, NCC, NCSC
Item#: C6554
Contents: 1 Course Book (76 pages)

Promoting Mental Health in Schools

Price $29.95
Item # C6554
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: February 23, 2019

Expiration Date: February 23, 2022

This intermediate-level course provides a broad and comprehensive discussion of issues related to behaviroal and mental health in schools and presents strategies for prevention, intervention, assessment, and referrals. Emphasizing practical application, assessment, and treatment interventions, this course summarizes multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) and common mental health concerns in school settings, including behavioral, anxiety and depressive-related disorders, substance abuse, child abuse, trauma, and crisis intervention. These topics are explored in relation to multicultural, social justice, and developmental considerations. Family involvement and collaboration with outside service providers and systems is also addressed.


3 NBCC hours will be awarded upon completion of this course.

Course Objectives

  • Identify common concerns in school settings, spanning grades K-12.
  • Recognize why Multi-Tiered Systems of Support are important to promote mental health in schools.
  • Describe specific behavioral and mental health disorders for children that influence school
  • Explain the different interventions used to address behavioral and mental health challenges in school-age populations.
  • Describe trauma-informed assessment, practices, and therapeutic approaches in school-based
  • Identify prevention and intervention strategies for crisis intervention.

Amy L. Cook, PhD is an assistant professor in the Counseling and School Psychology Department, College of Education and Human Development at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She received a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Connecticut, Storrs. She has worked in urban schools and mental health agencies, providing counseling ser­vices to students and families. Her research interests focus on reducing inequalities in educational outcomes and promoting positive youth development through community-engaged research with youth in partner schools and organizations. She is committed to using scholarly research in a manner that advances shared collaboration and educational equity.

Laura A. Hayden, EdD, is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Counseling and School Psychology Department in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She received an EdD in Coun­seling Psychology from Boston University. She has worked in urban schools in both leadership and counseling capacities, supporting the socioemotional and academic development of all students. Her research interests encompass (1) the role of sport engagement in positive youth development in underserved areas, (2) the potential of systemic integration of physical activity and socioemotional development in schools, and (3) the neurological impact of sport and physical activity on cogni­tive processes, specifically academic processes, and how school systems can support students with sport-based traumatic brain injuries.

Denise Ebersole, PhD, LPC, NCC, NCSC, is an experienced school counselor, independent educational consultant, and adjunct instructor for two graduate counseling programs. Denise earned a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University, an M.Ed. in School Counseling from Millersville University, and a B.A. in Psychology from Bloomsburg University. She is a licensed professional counselor (LPC), a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), and a Nationally Certified School Counselor (NCSC) and holds certifications in elementary school counseling (K-6), in secondary school counseling (7-12), and as a supervisor of school guidance services (K-12) in the state of Pennsylvania. Previous professional positions have included serving as a school counseling department coordinator (K-12), high school counselor, and middle school counselor. Denise has contributed content related to counseling adolescents to several textbooks, including Values and Ethics in Counseling: Real-Life Ethical Decision Making by Heller Levitt and Hartwig Moorhead, Counseling Adolescents Competently by Underwood and Dailey, and Applying Techniques to Common Encounters in School Counseling: A Case-Based Approach by Byrd and Erford.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.