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National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) 
Major researcher of mental illness. Website offers information on mental health topics and disorders, publications and fact sheets, research findings, and treatment options.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 
SAMHSA is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts in support of behavioral health. Their mission is “to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.” 
Mental health information and resources from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Provides information about how to talk about mental health, treatment options, and help for youth. Identifies myths and reports facts about mental health topics.


Mental Health America (MHA) 
The country’s leading nonprofit dedicated to helping all people live healthier lives.

Child Mind Institute (CMI) 
This organization works to improve the lives of children and adolescents with mental health issues. Evidence-based treatments, research outcomes, current “hot topics”, and information and resources for parents and educators can be found here.


Center for Disease Control and Prevention Fact Page 
Links to multiple national health statistics reports about mental illness in the U.S.

Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health 
Clear and concise descriptions of many mental health disorders that may occur in children during the school-age years. Free PDF versions of fact sheets for each disorder are available for use with students, families, and school personnel.

Animal Assisted Therapy Slide deck

UMass-Amherst School Counselor Education student created this Google Slide deck with resources for the use of animal assisted therapy in schools.

Art Therapy Slide deck

UMass-Amherst School Counselor Education student created this Google Slide deck with resources for the use of art therapy in schools.

Journal Research Articles


CSCORE does not endorse any of the following research studies.  Instead, our goal is to present you with the latest research being conducted.  It is up to you to decide if the study is reliable and valid.

Kindergartners Are Ready to Learn: Applying Student‐Within‐Environment Theory to a School Counseling Intervention

Bowers, H., Lemberger‐Truelove, M. E., & Whitford, D. K. (2020). Kindergartners are ready to learn: Applying student‐within‐environment theory to a school counseling intervention. The Journal of Humanistic Counseling, 59(1), 3-19.

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Surveillance of Internalizing Behaviors: A Reliability and Validity Generalization Study of Universal Screening Evidence 

Allen, A. N., Kilgus, S. P., Burns, M. K., & Hodgson, C. (2019). Surveillance of internalizing behaviors: A reliability and validity generalization study of universal screening evidence. School mental health, 11(2), 194-209.

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Promoting Mental Health Literacy through Bibliotherapy in School-Based Settings

Mumbauer, J., & Kelchner, V. (2017). Promoting mental health literacy through bibliotherapy in school-based settings. Professional School Counseling, 21(1), 1096-2409.

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Examining the Relationship Between Self-Esteem, Mattering, School Connectedness, and Wellness Among Middle School Students

Watson, J. C. (2017). Examining the relationship between self-esteem, mattering, school connectedness, and wellness among middle school students. Professional School Counseling, 21(1), 1096-2409.

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Addressing Mental Health Needs in Our Schools: Supporting the Role of School Counselors

Collins, T. P. (2014). Addressing mental health needs in our schools: Supporting the role of school counselors. Professional Counselor, 4(5), 413-416.

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Mental Health Services in Public Schools: A Preliminary Study of School Counselor Perceptions

Carlson, L. A., & Kees, N. L. (2013). Mental health services in public schools: A preliminary study of school counselor perceptions. Professional School Counseling, 16(4).

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Bringing Mental Health Needs into Focus through School Counseling Program Transformation

Gruman, D. H., Marston, T., & Koon, H. (2013). Bringing mental health needs into focus through school counseling program transformation. Professional School Counseling, 16(5)

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A Meta-Systems Approach to Evidence-Based Practice for Children and Adolescents
Kazak, A.E., Hoagwood, K., Weisz, J.R., Hood, K., Kratochwill, T.R., Vargas, L.A., & Banez, G.A. (2010). A meta-systems approach to evidence-based practice for children and adolescents. American Psychologist, 65(2), 85-97.
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Books & Book Chapters



Raines, J.C. (2019). Evidence-based practice in school mental health: Addressing DSM-5 Disorders in Schools (2nd Ed.). New York,              NY: Oxford University Press.

Knapp, S.A., Jongsma, A.E., & Dimmitt, C. (2015). The School Counseling and School Social Work Treatment Planner, with DSM-5               Updates (3rd Ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Macklem, G. L. (2011). Evidence-based school mental health services: Affect education, emotion regulation training, and cognitive                   behavioral therapy. New York: Springer.

Parents & Educators

Auger, R. (2014). The School Counselor's Mental Health Sourcebook: Strategies to Help Students Succeed. New York, NY: Skyhorse               Publishing. 

Dikel, W. (2019). Student Mental Health: A Guide For Teachers, School and District Leaders, School Psychologists and Nurses,                     Social Workers, Counselors, and Parents. Norton Professional Books.

Serani, D. (2013). Depression and Your Child: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers. Rowman & Littlefield.


Bluth, K. (2020). The Self-Compassionate Teen: Mindfulness and Compassion Skills to Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice. New                     Harbinger Publications. 

Brosh, A. (2013). Hyperbole and a Half. Touchstone Books.

Morton, K. (2018). Are U Ok? A Guide to Caring for Your Mental Health. New York, NY: Da Capo Lifelong. 

Nagel, P. (2019). The Mental Health and Wellbeing Workout for Teens: Skills and Exercises From ACT and CBT for Healthy                            Thinking. Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

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