A School-Based Post-Katrina Therapeutic Intervention

Eliot E. Goldman, Daliah Bauer, Denise L. Newman, Elaine Kalka, John E. Lochman, Wendy K. Silverman, Peter S. Jensen, John Curry, Kevin Stark, Karen C. Wells, William M. Bannon

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The current study presents the implementation of a set of school based interventions in a greater New Orleans school district one year following Hurricane Katrina. The interventions included adaptation and implementation of evidence based treatments in a crisis situation with at-risk youth which involved training and clinical challenges. 386 students found to have significant depressive and/or disruptive disorder symptoms received treatment from the School Therapeutic Enhancement Program (STEP). Further, a district-wide mental health needs assessment of middle and high school students (N = 11,861) screened for behavioral and emotional difficulties at the beginning and end of the school year provided a benchmark for community youth’s emotional and behavioral distress. High-need intervention students demonstrated clinically significant lower levels of emotional and behavioral problems, depression and inattention in comparison to pre-treatment levels as indicated by multiple informants (i.e., self, parent, teacher). Self-reported distress levels were also lower than screening group students at post-test. These findings support the efficacy of a school-based intervention for youth struggling with the aftereffects of a highly disruptive natural disaster. Implications for utilizing a flexible adaptation of an evidence-based training model involving coaching and consultation are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)363-372
Number of pages10
JournalAdministration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health Policy
  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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    Goldman, E. E., Bauer, D., Newman, D. L., Kalka, E., Lochman, J. E., Silverman, W. K., Jensen, P. S., Curry, J., Stark, K., Wells, K. C., & Bannon, W. M. (2015). A School-Based Post-Katrina Therapeutic Intervention. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 42(3), 363-372. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10488-014-0576-y