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Author:  Mark D. Weist.; Robert Stevens.

Source: Volume 17, Number 04, Fall 2017 , pp.81-104(24)

Emotional & Behavioral Disorders in Youth 2017

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This final issue for 2017 ( EBDY , Vol. 17, No. 4) includes two important articles, both of which reinforce the need for the concept of patient centeredness when developing effective practices. In the first article, Andy Frey and colleagues present the Motivational Interviewing Training and Assessment System (MITAS), an evidence-based strategy for counselors to improve student engagement. The article documents the feasibility of the MITAS and the large gains to be made in school counselor competencies through its implementation, providing a new direction for enhancing student engagement in SBH. The second article, by Kathleen Lane and colleagues, builds on an earlier article in EBDY by Siceloff, Bradley, and Flory (2017; EBDY , Vol. 17, No. 2) and discusses the importance of early identification of problems through behavioral health screening. Through school, family, and mental health system partnerships, screening strategies including teacher- and student-report are presented, along with pragmatic ideas for accomplishing these screenings and for providing directions for future research, practice, and policy.

Keywords: Motivational Interviewing Training and Assessment System (MITAS); behavioral health screening

Affiliations:  1: University of South Carolina; 2: Health Sciences South Carolina (HSSC).

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