In this course, Dr. Emily Goodman-Scott, Ph.D., offers the statistics and rationale for why schools should do universal mental health screening, and how they can: what the steps are to implementing it, and what constraints and benefits they are likely to experience.
About this course
In this course, Dr. Emily Goodman-Scott, (Ph.D., Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director, Assistant Department Chair, and School Counselling Coordinator) Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, contextualises you to the state of emergency that has been declared for youth mental health, noting the grim statistics on high levels of youth mental health disorders and low levels of treatment. Universal mental health screening (UMHS) works with the concept of MTSS (multi-tiered support systems) to identify the 5 – 15% of students who are at risk and can be targeted, and the 1 – 5% who need intensive intervention. Dr. Goodman-Scott explains the eight steps of UMHS and briefly shares several case studies of universal screening. The constraints and benefits of UMHS are also noted.