Schoolwide prevention approaches can demonstrably lead to an improvement in psychosocial health and support educational success and social participation. In this way, they also reduce the risk for teachers and other pedagogical staff to feel burdened by students’ mental health impairments.
Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support (SW-PBS; Horner & Sugai, 2006) represents a school-wide prevention approach. SW-PBS is a conceptual framework that includes systemic and individual strategies for assessment and intervention of important emotional, social and academic skills. Therefore, it creates a safe teaching and learning environment for students, pedagogical staff and other stakeholders.