Beyond Academics

Supporting the Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Health of Students in Catholic Schools

James M. Frabutt, University of Notre Dame

Published 2013

Schools must ensure that children are granted the greatest opportunity for learning possible. This means not only developing students’ academic capabilities, but providing support for their emotional, behavioral, and mental health needs as well. Readers will come away with:

* An increased awareness of mental, emotional, and behavioral issues and their
* A clear understanding that meeting such needs is a matter of faith, residing at the heart of what Catholic schools do: bring human life to fullness,
* A knowledge base concerning what Catholic schools currently do to meet student MEB needs and a deep immersion in the perceptions of current Catholic school leaders about how to do so better, and
* An appreciation that only through strategic, data informed action can schools best support the children entrusted to their care.

This book foregrounds the belief that student achievement, holistic student wellness, and overall school improvement will only be attained if mental, emotional, and behavioral health in Catholic schools is advanced and supported.

Introduction: Toward Human Flourishing 1. Description and Prevalence of Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Needs Among Students 2. Envisioning a School Community That Embraces All Students 3. Mental Health and Wellness Among Students in Catholic Schools and the Services and Supports Available to Them 4. Principals’ Perspectives on School Mental Health and Wellness 5. Moving Toward Action: A Four-Step Public Health Model for Supporting Students Closing: Beyond Academics References