What exactly is Online Mental Health Therapy?
Not to minimize any child’s discomfort or pain, but do you think colds or stomach aches top the list of reasons children visits the nation’s 1,700 school-based health centers? In fact, more severe problems such as depression, anxiety and trauma increasingly account for those visits. In fact, mental health services, including Online Mental Health Therapy, are the fastest-growing component of school-based health care.
Mental health professionals and school-based health centers where they work have more than doubled in the last ten years. Moreover, while not every mental health need is so debilitating, there are still plenty of serious emotional and psychological needs that require the intervention of school social workers, school counselors, and school psychologists.
“You will hear people say at school-based health care meetings that if there has to be a choice between a full-time nurse practitioner and a full-time mental health provider, that they’ll take the mental health provider because the unmet need is that great,” says Julia Lear, PhD, of George Washington University’s Center for Health and Health Care in Schools.
Furthermore, when it comes to IEP Services (for students in special education), the schools have no choice but to provide Mental Health resources as these services are mandated. Now through the internet, Online Mental Health Therapy has opened the door for many of those students who previously had nowhere to turn, bringing closer the day that no child will be left behind.
Online Mental Health Therapy enables your school district or education agency to:
The many benefits of Online Mental Health Therapy:
Indirect services for all students
- Provide all students with equal opportunities to learn and ensure others afford them dignity and respect
- Advocate for early intervention, wraparound support services, and engagement strategies
- Educate the student body on mental health related issues
- Consult with teachers, administrators and parents regarding students
- Assist in conducting Functional Behavioral Assessments and create appropriate behavior plans
- Check for previous barriers and interventions in student records
- Analyze information gained from record reviews and interviews to determine environmental impacts and adequate resources needs while identifying at-risk students
Direct services for students needing Prevention, Intervention, Crisis Response
- Provide support for family related difficulties such as divorce, grief/loss, domestic violence and financial issues
- Address school-related concerns: absences and truancy, academic achievement, bullying, dropout prevention, harassment, misbehavior, school avoidance, special education and underachievement
- Consult with student about any medical, mental health and psychiatric issues
- Provide support for students dealing with physical, sexual, or emotional abuse and physical/educational neglect
- Develop social skills that are important in the school environment as well as everyday life
- Identify feelings and expressions while improving emotional regulation
- Increase student’s self-awareness and social awareness.
- Develop coping strategies.
- Learn about positive relationships and how to develop and maintain friendships.
- Improve decision-making abilities.
- Assist student with conflict resolution strategies and anger management tactics.
- Concentrate on social interaction skills (ex. personal space, understanding social cues, eye contact, and following flow of the conversation)
- Conduct risk assessments and provide crisis interventions.
- Identify and report child abuse and neglect.
Special education services
- To make special education referrals, obtain socio-developmental information by interviewing parents.
- Participate in special education assessment meetings as well as individual Educational Planning (IEP) Meetings.
- Assemble social or developmental history on a child with disabilities.
- Provide consultation regarding school law and school policy including IDEA and Section 504.
- Interpret data collected to establish a baseline and create social/emotional work goals for a student’s IEP.
- Provide social/psychological services required based on the student’s IEP.
- Monitor progress of social/emotional goals with students who have an IEP or 504 plan.
What do School Mental Health Providers Do?
Mental health issues are usually first recognized and addressed in school. As part of your child’s team, mental health professionals use their unique knowledge and skill sets to help support all aspects of your child’s life. Their goal is to enable every student to cope with life’s challenges in appropriate and productive ways. Through building a strong foundation, your student will have the opportunity to achieve his/her personal best within the school environment.
More specifically Mental Health Therapists, including school social workers, school psychologists, and school counselors provide services related to the child’s social, emotional and behavioral adjustment to school and society. A student’s role is multi-faceted and thus very complex. He/She is required to perform academically, navigate the social sphere, and continue to mature and develop into an adult- and be a happy person while doing all that! However, there are many internal and external factors which may adversely impact your student in those quests. When students are affected by these factors is where these providers can step in, intervene if necessary, and guide your child in developing those crucial life skills that can make the difference between success and failure.
Online Mental Health Therapy is a recent addition to Global Teletherapy’s growing Online Therapy Agency. Every one of our therapists has a minimum or 2 years experience as a therapist and is fully credentialed and certified. While we are a relatively new company, our therapists, who work directly with your children, have the same qualifications and experience as those employed by older companies.
In fact, since we are a bit newer, we want to prove to you that we are the best around, so we put in more time and energy to ensure your satisfaction than most other companies. Going the extra mile can make all the difference!
So if you want a company that will provide the same quality (or better) therapy, is probably less expensive, views your success as their own, and will work relentlessly to get you results, call us today to get started: 888-511-9395.