Promoting Mind–Body Health in Schools: Interventions for Mental Health Professionals
Co-Editors: Melissa A. Bray, Cheryl Maykel
Contributing Author: Paula Gill Lopez
Paula Gill Lopez is a contributing author, "Practitioner Self-Care: Mind–Body Best Practice."
Book Description: Many students today struggle with stress and anxiety caused by increasing academic, social, and extracurricular demands. This book provides school psychologists, counselors, teachers, and other school faculty with guidelines for improving students' mental and physical well‑being, which in turn leads to improved academic performance and happier, better-adjusted students.
Chapter authors review important considerations related to the benefits, limitations, and potential risks associated with implementing mind–body interventions in school settings.
In addition to general guidelines, they review specific practices in depth — including yoga, mindfulness, physical activity, and hypnosis — presenting a three-tiered model for delivering services universally, with targeted groups, and with individuals. They also discuss how these and other interventions can be used to target specific issues such as eating disorders, chronic pain, sleep disorders, and trauma.
Illustrative case studies demonstrate how to implement these interventions in realistic scenarios. Collaboration between mental health professionals, faculty, and parents is emphasized throughout the volume so that students' mind–body health is addressed both at school and at home.
Gill Lopez, Paula. Practitioner Self-Care: Mind–Body Best Practice. In M. A. Bray & C. Maykel (Eds.) Promoting Mind–Body Health in Schools: Interventions for Mental Health Professionals (Chapter 5). Washington D.C.: American Psychological Association.
Bray, Melissa A.; Maykel, Cheryl; and Gill Lopez, Paula, "Promoting Mind–Body Health in Schools: Interventions for Mental Health Professionals" (2019). GSEAP Faculty Book and Media Gallery. 61.