Toward positive and systemic mental health practices in schools: Fostering social-emotional learning through service
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Submission date: 2014-02-25
Acceptance date: 2014-03-27
Online publication date: 2014-08-06
Publication date: 2014-08-08
Health Psychology Report 2014;2(3):145–151
Mental health services in schools in the 21st century will be prevention-oriented with a grounding in positive psychology and strong school-family-community partnerships that emphasize proactive and systemic practices to build social-emotional competencies for all children. This article makes the case for youth development through service learning to promote social and emotional wellness.
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