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Presented at the 19th Annual Research Conference

Ethical Issues in School Behavioral Health Screening

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Session Number: 47 Room: Salon A

Presenting: Peter Jensen; Wendy Holt; Jessica Mass-Levitt; Lisa Hunter Romanelli

All Authors for this paper: Peter Jensen; Wendy Holt; Jessica Mass-Levitt; Lisa Hunter Romanelli

Presentation Type: topical discussion

Synopsis: Schools have access to most children, and as such, are important sites for early identification of behavioral health problems. However, important ethical issues such as informed parental consent, the potential for labeling, linkage to assessment and treatment, and concerns about overmedicating children must be carefully addressed to implement an effective early identification program. Different approaches to early identification have grappled with these issues in different ways. The Panel will: outline the key challenges in school based mental health screening; review the range of early identification approaches, the tools they use and the ethical issues they face; summarize how a variety of schools have addressed ethical issues when implementing formal screening programs; address how TTIP, a teacher education approach, addresses ethical issues; and describe a new effort to formulate and disseminate warning signs of severe behavioral and emotional problems, and associated ethical considerations. Ample time will be left for dialog with the audience.

Date: Friday, February 24, 2006

Session Time: 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Presentation Time: 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM