Maryland - Professional Development for Mental Health: Staff Qualifications and Professional Development

Staff Qualifications And Professional Development
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State law encourages districts to provide professional development for school personnel on youth mental health.

2017 Maryland Code Education 6-704.1 Certification renewal requirement for school counselors.

(a)  In general. -- On or before July 1, 2016, the Board shall require a certificate holder applying for renewal of a certificate as a school counselor to have obtained training in, by a method determined by the Board, the knowledge and skills required to understand and respond to the social, emotional, and personal development of students, including knowledge and skills relating to:

  • (1) The recognition of indicators of mental illness and behavioral distress, including depression, trauma, violence, youth suicide, and substance abuse; and
  • (2) The identification of professional resources to help students in crisis.

(b)  Training may exceed training required of other personnel. -- The training required under subsection (a) of this section shall be commensurate with the duties of a school counselor and may exceed the training required of other school personnel under § 6-122 of this title.

(c)  Regulations. -- The Board shall adopt regulations to implement the provisions of this section.

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