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Thinking Outside the Box

A visit with Jim Koller and Karen Weston, Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology

By LuAnne Roth
Published: - Topics: mental health psychiatry psychology mental illness pathology

Founding the Center for the Advancement of Mental Health Practices in the Schools (Koller)

Topics: mental health psychiatry

Most of Jim Koller’s past research and practice as a licensed psychologist was directed toward pathology, that is, “abnormal behavior.” But he became disillusioned with the then-current state of affairs, realizing that “we have to do something different to stop the escalating incidence of mental illness vis-à-vis mental health problems in the country.” With the cooperation of the Missouri state legislature and the Department of Mental Health, the Center for the Advancement of Mental Health Practices in the Schools was conceived—“with the whole thrust being a paradigmatic shift from mental illness to mental health.”