Defense Date

4-1-2016

Availability

One-year Embargo

Submission Type

dissertation

Degree Name

PhD

Department

Professional Doctorate in Educational Leadership (ProDEL)

School

School of Education

Committee Chair

Connie Moss

Committee Member

Grafton Eliason

Committee Member

Anne Fitzgerald

Abstract

Schools lack a response system for effectively supporting student mental health needs and there is a substantial research to practice gap in this area. To better understand how to build capacity for schools, with and through teachers, the purpose of this study was to examine teachers' perceptions of current mental health needs in their schools; their knowledge and competencies about mental health issues as well as perceived competencies and barriers that contribute to burnout. Participants included 20 teachers from two local Pittsburgh area Catholic schools. Teachers reported they believe it is their job to support middle school student mental wellness and confidence in their abilities but that they are lacking the necessary professional development and training and supervision to provide this support.

Format

PDF

Language

English

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