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Iowa BEST: Behavioral, Equitable, Social-Emotional, Trauma-Informed Health in Schools Summit
The Iowa BEST Summit is designed to highlight educators’ collective need to bolster support and care across the educational system, and to build shared capacity to get there. The sessions will deliver resources and practical solutions around social-emotional-behavioral health. #IowaBEST2021

The summit is co-sponsored by the Iowa Department of Education and the University of Iowa College of Education.

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Wednesday, November 3 • 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Referring and Coordinating Counseling Services for Students with Mental Health Concerns

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Supporting students’ mental health in school settings may require a referral to an external agency. Previous research on referral processes, particularly those involving the experiences of school counselors, documents the challenges associated with referral processes. Findings from Lemberger et. al’s (2010) study indicated that referrals are needed for a variety of reasons, including the need for expertise outside of the professional’s competence or duties, not having enough time to effectively support the student’s needs, or due to an in-school intervention not working, among other reasons. More noteworthy, however, is that several of the study’s participants indicated that they were isolated in their referral decisions, having no support from their respective schools or districts on when or how to make referral decisions. As such, this presentation aims to demystify referral processes, drawing on important resources, such as the MTSS (Multitiered System of Support) framework, the AWARE Iowa School Mental Health framework, and the Missouri School Counselor’s Guide to the Referral Process to offer a defined sequence of steps (and resources) for referrals. Further, we will explore strategies for monitoring the effectiveness of the referral through coordination.

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Erin Barnes

Clinical Assistant Professor, Rehabilitation and Counselor Education, University of Iowa
Dr. Erin Barnes joined the Rehabilitation and Counselor Education department (now the Department of Counselor Education) as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the fall of 2018. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Iowa (UI). She is credentialed... Read More →

Wednesday November 3, 2021 1:00pm - 2:15pm CDT
Hy-Vee Hall Room 105