Recent Posts

Teamsters Scold Pa. Members for Voting Trump

State council warns members not to vote the 'wrong way' in midterms Getty Images BY: Bill McMorris / Washington Free Beacon The Pennsylvania Teamsters scolded ...

Read More

GOP Senate Candidate: Why Won't Congress Release Names of Congressmen Accused of Sexual Harassment

By Melanie Arter | cnsnews Senate Republican candidate for Virginia Corey Stewart (Screenshot) (CNSNews.com) - As the Senate is poised to vote on Supreme ...

Read More

THE FIRST STEP IN WELFARE REFORM SHOULD HELP AMERICAN FAMILIES

Mrs. James /FJM I am the daughter of a former welfare recipient. So when I listen to some people in Washington ...

Read More

State Senator Lisa Boscola's Report

State Funds Find Their Way to the Lehigh Valley for Bethlehem’s Memorial Pool Project State Senator Lisa Boscola announced this ...

Read More

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Applications Available

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Applications Available

Facebook Website Bio Latest News State Forms Photo Gallery Contact Weekly Roundup Friday, October 19, 2018 The latest news from the State Capitol Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Applications Available Applications for ...

Read More

State Representative Ryan Mackenzie's Senior Expo

  Representative Ryan Mackenzie 134th District Pennsylvania House of Representatives Media Contact:  Tricia Lehman 717.772.9840 tlehman@pahousegop.com RepMackenzie.com / Facebook.com/RepMackenzie   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 3, 2018   Mackenzie to Host 2018 Senior ...

Read More

Knowles Bill to Punish Intimidating Camera Use in Courtrooms

Representative Jerry Knowles 124th District Pennsylvania House of Representatives Media Contact:  Ty McCauslin 717.772.9979 RepKnowles.com / Facebook.com/RepKnowles   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 18, 2018   Knowles Bill to Punish Intimidating Camera Use in ...

Read More

The Kavanaugh Circus is Actually Helping Republicans

                  ~ Conservative Zone The unfounded accusations hurled at Judge Brett Kavanaugh may have seemed like good television to the party of ...

Read More

Kavanaugh Wasn't The Real Target - The Supreme Court Was

The attack on Brett Kavanaugh was not just an assault on a man, but an attack on an institution.  DANIEL GREENFIELD — FreedomOutpost.com Why ...

Read More

ALLEGED ASSAULTS SHAKE UP MINNESOTA GOP CANDIDATES AS ELECTION DAY LOOMS

Virginia Kruta | Associate Editor/The Daily Caller Two Minnesota GOP candidates are reeling from what they say are politically-motivated verbal and physical ...

Read More

Latest News

[smoothslider]

Turning Teachers Into Psychotherapists Will Not Prevent School Shootings

Share

by Karen R. Effrem, MD at The National Pulse


In the rush to “do something” to respond to the horrific and tragic Parkland shooting in Florida, a Florida Senate committee considered bills on Monday that greatly expand mental screening and profiling of students, “harden” security at schools, fund more school resource officers, and arm teachers and others that volunteer and undergo extensive training and criminal background checks as well as a psychiatric evaluation. These were recommendations that came from three task forces put together by Governor Rick Scott that met last week.

The gun control debate and proposal to arm teachers dominated the discussion while the very dangerous and problematic mental health proposals went through unnoticed. These proposals include:

  • Training teachers to recognize signs of mental illness and intervene;
  • Increasing student mental screening to allegedly lessen problems for “at risk” students and decrease the amount of untreated mental illness; and
  • Increasing the number of mental health counselors and school psychologists in schools.

We have already written extensively in the context of social emotional learning about the problems of turning already over-burdened teachers into psychotherapists with a few hours of training when psychiatrists and psychologists are trained for years. And despite those years of training, there are many admissions from psychiatric experts and groups that psychiatric diagnostic standards are nebulous, especially for children, and that they are unable to accurately predict which people, even those with identified mental illness, will become violent.

Read more

Comments are closed.

Polls

Please take our reader satisfaction poll. Please select one from each part.

View Results