According to both the American Psychological Association and the Center for Disease Control, there is an overwhelming demand for psychological services for school-age children.
This translates into millions of children with severe underlying issues that stem from many sources, not the least of which is the ongoing effects of the pandemic.
Many initiatives are underway to send more mental health professionals into our educational institutions. As someone who has worked in the field for many years, I know that there are not enough of them to meet the need.
School-based mental health specialists (psychologists, social workers, counselors, SEL coordinators) have traditionally been called on to provide services and consultation for all students. They and the classroom teachers are the first service responders students and parents encounter when difficulties arise. They are uniquely positioned to effect change and make a difference in mental health and wellness....