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Helping Children with Aggression and Conduct Problems: Best Practices for Interventionby Michael L. Bloomquist
Synopses & Reviews
Meeting a growing need among human service and education professionals, this book presents empirically supported guidelines for delivering effective services to 3- to 12-year-olds with aggression and conduct problems. Interventions are organized within a comprehensive developmental/n-/multisystemic framework, and grounded in a vast body of research. Articulated are best practices for assessment and intervention planning, child and parent/family skills building, mental health treatments, school-based interventions, and community-based child and family support. Particular attention is given to strategies for coordinating multiple services and engaging families in intervention efforts. Written in a clear, accessible style, the book offers a vital blueprint for practice with this challenging population of children and their families.
Book News Annotation:
Clinical psychologists Bloomquist and Schnell attempt to define the nature of the problem of aggressive children and present contemporary thinking about theories that account for the development and maintenance of patterns of antisocial behavior. They also address intervention strategies in real-world settings in schools and settings. After reviewing the background literature for each particular topic, best practices are highlighted.
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This eminently practical book thoroughly describes the most effective interventions for 3- to 12-year-olds with aggression and conduct problems. Risk and protective factors for the development of these types of behaviors are explained and guidelines provided for planning and implementing such interventions as social competence training, parent and family skills building, psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, school-based approaches, and community-based child and family support. Chapters on each type of intervention provide a concise review of the research literature, identify empirically supported program models, and offer clear recommendations for handling different clinical situations.
About the Author
Michael L. Bloomquist, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. He has extensive applied and research experience in prevention and treatment activities with children exhibiting behavior problems. Dr. Bloomquist is a coinvestigator on several longitudinal studies examining the development of children with aggression, as well as evaluating the effects of comprehensive prevention programs. He is the author of Skills Training for Children with Behavior Problems, Revised Edition: A Parent and Therapist Guidebook, and has coauthored articles in peer-reviewed journals.
Steven V. Schnell, PhD, has many years of experience working with children exhibiting aggression and conduct problems as a clinical child psychologist at North Psychology Clinic in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. Dr. Schnell works closely with schools and has a special interest in integrating mental health and educational services. In addition to providing mental health services for children and families, he has conducted training and consultation to teachers and schools, made numerous presentations to professional groups, and coauthored articles in peer-reviewed journals.
Table of Contents
I. Nature of the Problem
1. Characteristics and Developmental Course
2. Risk and Protective Factors Targeted in Intervention
II. Assessment and Identification
3. Assessment Procedures
III. Child and Family Interventions
4. Social Competence Training
5. Parent and Family Skills Training
6. Mental Health Treatments
IV. Contextually Based Interventions
7. School-Based Interventions for Academic Engagement and Skill Building
8. Schoolwide Interventions to Promote Positive Behavior
9. Classroom and Individual Interventions to Promote Positive Behavior
10. Community Interventions for Child and Family Support
V. Integration and Challenges
11. Comprehensive Multicomponent and Coordinated Services Programs
12. Challenges in Implementing Effective Interventions: Engaging Families and Coordinating Service Systems
Epilogue: Future Directions
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