Secondary School Professionals' Perceptions of Barriers to Mental Health Services

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4,6
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 2: Promoting Social and Emotional Development

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. gain knowledge on how to overcome barriers in access to mental health services based on the mixed methods results.
  2. gain an enhanced understanding of commonly occurring barriers to students receiving mental health related services in schools.
  3. gain knowledge regarding mixed method results of school mental health professionals’ perceptions of student access to mental health care and the school districts’ referral process.


The need for mental health services in schools is high; however, there are many barriers to students receiving these services. The current study is a local mixed methods evaluation of secondary school professionals’ perceptions of barriers to mental health services in schools. School referral process and precollected barrier data will also be examined. This poster will share results from the mixed methods evaluation and identify recommendations to improve access to mental health services.



Katherine G. Kowalski, Miami University
Kristy Brann, Miami University


Anthony James, Jr

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