As we enter the twenty-first century, middle school-aged children and adolescents face momentous challenges to their physical, academic, social, and emotional development. There are a variety of risk factors that are ever increasing that cause the healthy development of this age group to be in question. Effective and integrated counseling services are a key ingredient in the current transformation of children's mental health in America, and schools are central to providing support for our nationís youth in an increasingly complex world. This presentation will examine the services offered by school counselors to students, the effectiveness of these services, as well as the barriers that may hinder the needs of students from being met. The results of a survey that was administered to school counselors, which assessed whether or not the services offered by school counselors are meeting the educational, vocational, personal, and social needs of school-aged children, will also be discussed.
|Presenter:||Justin Ryan (Graduate Student)|
|Time:||7 pm (Session VI)|