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Currently accepted at: JMIR Mental Health

Date Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
Open Peer Review Period: Jul 11, 2017 - Aug 11, 2017
Date Accepted: Sep 30, 2017
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This paper has been accepted and is currently in production.

It will appear shortly on 10.2196/mental.8369

The final accepted version (not copyedited yet) is in this tab.

The final, peer-reviewed published version of this preprint can be found here:

School Counselors’ Perspectives of a Web-Based Stepped Care Mental Health Service for Schools: Cross-Sectional Online Survey

O'Dea B, King C, Subotic-Kerry M, O'Moore K, Christensen H

School Counselors’ Perspectives of a Web-Based Stepped Care Mental Health Service for Schools: Cross-Sectional Online Survey

JMIR Ment Health 2017;4(4):e55

DOI: 10.2196/mental.8369

PMID: 29158207

PMCID: 5715202

School Counselors’ Perspectives of a Web-Based Stepped Care Mental Health Service for Schools: Cross-Sectional Online Survey

  • Bridianne O'Dea; 
  • Catherine King; 
  • Mirjana Subotic-Kerry; 
  • Kathleen O'Moore; 
  • Helen Christensen

ABSTRACT

Background:

Mental health problems are common among youth in high school, and school counselors play a key role in the provision of school-based mental health care. However, school counselors occupy a multispecialist position that makes it difficult for them to provide care to all of those who are in need in a timely manner. A Web-based mental health service that offers screening, psychological therapy, and monitoring may help counselors manage time and provide additional oversight to students. However, for such a model to be implemented successfully, school counselors’ attitudes toward Web-based resources and services need to be measured.

Objective:

This study aimed to examine the acceptability of a proposed Web-based mental health service, the feasibility of providing this type of service in the school context, and the barriers and facilitators to implementation as perceived by school counselors in New South Wales (NSW), Australia.

Methods:

This study utilized an online cross-sectional survey to measure school counselors’ perspectives.

Results:

A total of 145 school counselors completed the survey. Overall, 82.1% (119/145) thought that the proposed service would be helpful to students. One-third reported that they would recommend the proposed model, with the remaining reporting potential concerns. Years of experience was the only background factor associated with a higher level of comfort with the proposed service (P=.048). Personal beliefs, knowledge and awareness, Internet accessibility, privacy, and confidentiality were found to influence, both positively and negatively, the likelihood of school counselors implementing a Web-based school mental health service.

Conclusions:

The findings of this study confirmed that greater support and resources are needed to facilitate what is already a challenging and emotionally demanding role for school counselors. Although the school counselors in this study were open to the proposed service model, successful implementation will require that the issues outlined are carefully addressed.


 Citation

Please cite as:

O'Dea B, King C, Subotic-Kerry M, O'Moore K, Christensen H

School Counselors’ Perspectives of a Web-Based Stepped Care Mental Health Service for Schools: Cross-Sectional Online Survey

JMIR Mental Health. (forthcoming/in press)

DOI: 10.2196/mental.8369

URL: https://preprints.jmir.org/preprint/8369

PMID: 29158207

PMCID: 5715202

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