Date of Award


Degree Name

School Psychology


Graduate School of Education and Professional Development

Type of Degree


Document Type


First Advisor

Stephen O’Keefe

Second Advisor

Sandra S. Stroebel

Third Advisor

Fred Jay Krieg


A new trend when dealing with behavior issues in the classroom is that of providing mental health services within the school systems. This study is researching an alternative school that offers mental health services for students that have been expelled from their home school. The purpose of this thesis is to determine if these mental health services provided within the alternative school helps reduce the amount of discipline issues in the school system. There are 77 participants, 33 receiving academic services plus intense mental health services and 44 receiving academic services plus minimal mental health services. Findings show no statistically significant effect on levels of intense treatment and discipline the year following treatment in an alternative school. There was no significant correlation between the hours of mental health services received and discipline issues after being placed in an alternative school setting.


Educational psychology.

School mental health services.