Date of Submission
Doctor of Education
K-12 schools, school-based mental health, transformative leadership, system leadership, psychosocial change, decolonizing lens
Pervasive well-being concerns of youth in Alberta are steadily contributing to society’s collective soul wound. In response to this growing need, K-12 systems are faced with increased demands for school-based mental health services. Public Prairie School Division (PPSD) provides student mental health intervention needs through onsite access to school-based teacher counsellors and referrals to centralized psychologists. However, decisions regarding mental health practitioner allocations or practice standards are often left to individuals and generally follow historical practice. This Organizational Improvement Plan (OIP) problematizes PPSD’s lack of system-wide approaches to mental health interventions that can provide assurance of improved efficacy and equity in meeting student mental health needs. Transformative leadership applied within a utilitarian consequentialist lens has the potential to improve individual and collective student well-being. The decolonizing lens of scarring the collective soul wound will elevate system leadership to counter pervasive neoliberalism and allow for change and healing within ethical spaces. Actioning psychosocial change using transformative learning theory positions practitioners as co-creators of new counselling practice standards in response to student and parent feedback. Allocation changes stemming from systemic analysis of demographic and referral data should increase equity of access to teacher counsellors. Evidence of improved access and efficacy in mental health interventions will be sought through interconnected plan-do-study-act cycles and more broadly confirmed through a RE-AIM framework. Verifying PPSD’s collective soul wound scar also requires the application of an Indigenous wellness perspective.
Holowka, A. L. (2023). Transforming School-Based Mental Health to Heal the Collective Soul Wound. The Organizational Improvement Plan at Western University, 382. Retrieved from https://ir.lib.uwo.ca/oip/382
Counseling Commons, Educational Leadership Commons, Educational Psychology Commons, Higher Education Commons, Indigenous Education Commons, Mental and Social Health Commons, Student Counseling and Personnel Services Commons