Intervening in children's lives : an ecological, family-centered approach to mental health care.
Dishion, Thomas J. Stormshak, Elizabeth A.
x, 319 p.
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This volume describes an ecological approach to child and family intervention designed to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of both treatment and prevention services. Chapter 1 describes the EcoFIT model, an empirically based, assessment-driven, family-centered intervention that can be delivered in mental health clinics or community settings such as schools. Part 1 then provides a conceptual overview of what is known about the developmental factors that underlie child and adolescent problem behavior and emotional adjustment, and how this knowledge informs the design and implementation of interventions. Part 2 provides the details of the three phases of the Family Check-Up, including the initial contact, the assessment session, and the feedback session. The material outlines a family-centered intervention strategy for children ranging from ages 2-18. Specific intervention strategies that follow the Family Check-Up are described in Part 3, including brief parenting interventions, interventions with children and adolescents, family management therapy, parent intervention groups, and child and adolescent intervention groups. The final part addresses the context of the clinician, including the professional context within which a clinician works and the unique ethical dilemmas in child and family interventions. Principles for ethical decision making in child and family interventions are offered. Numerous references. (Author abstract modified)
mental health services; family centered services; parenting; intervention; ethics; assessment; child development; behavior problems