School Social Work Journal

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Vol. 43, No. 2, Spring

An Eight-Session Exploratory Group Model for Children of Incarcerated Parents
Over the past thirty years, the correctional system has grown dramatically, with a 500-percent increase in population (Graham & Harris, 2013). The percentage of minors with an incarcerated parent is highest among children from birth to age nine,...
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Psychometric Properties of the Parent and School Survey
Defining Parental InvolvementFor at least forty years, parental involvement has been identified as an important element of effective education (see, for example, Castro et al., 2015; Green, Walker, Hoover-Dempsey, & Sandler, 2007; Hornby & Lafaela,...
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Clinical Handbook of Psychological Disorders in Children and Adolescents: A Step-by-Step Treatment Manual
Clinical Handbook of Psychological Disorders in Children and Adolescents: A Step-by-Step Treatment Manual Christopher A. Flessner and John C. Piacentini (Eds.) Guilford Press, New York, NY, 2017 578 pages (hard cover), $65.00, ISBN 978-1-4625-3088-5Reviewed...
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Welcoming Practices: Creating Schools That Support Students and Families in Transition
Welcoming Practices: Creating Schools That Support Students and Families in Transition Ron Avi Astor, Linda Jacobson, Stephani L. Wrabel, Rami Benbenishty, and Diana Pineda Oxford University Press, New York, NY, 2018 150 pages (paperback), $31.36, ISBN...
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Essential Skills of Social Work Practice: Assessment, Intervention, and Evaluation (2Nd Ed.)
Essential Skills of Social Work Practice: Assessment, Intervention, and Evaluation (2nd ed.) Thomas O'Hare Lyceum Books, Chicago, IL, 2015 444 pages (paperback), $64.95, ISBN 978-1-935871-78-1Reviewed by Giesela Grumbach and Linda Campos-MoreiraThomas...
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An Update on the Title IX Rulemaking Process for Sexual Discrimination in Schools
In the fall 2017 issue of the School Social Work Journal, I wrote an editorial entitled "Title IX and School Social Workers" (Kopels, 2017). I reminded school social workers that Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on...
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Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Social Work: An Empirically Based Approach to Assessment and Treatment (2Nd Ed.)
Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Social Work: An Empirically Based Approach to Assessment and Treatment (2nd ed.) Mo Yee Lee, Celia H. Y. Chan, Cecilia L. W Chan, Siu-man Ng, and Pamela P Y. Leung Oxford University Press, New York, NY, 2018 452 pages (hardcover),...
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Unpacking the Relationship between Elementary School Teachers' Ratings of Student Attention and Student Reading Scores
American democracy is founded on the belief that hard work and effort are necessary and sufficient for success. The job of young people is to attend school, where they are judged on their effort, behavior, discipline, and academic skills. Schools use...
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Vol. 43, No. 1, Fall

Behind from the Start: How America's War on the Poor Is Harming Our Most Vulnerable Children
Behind from the Start: How America's War on the Poor Is Harming Our Most Vulnerable Children Lenette Azzi-Lessing Oxford University Press, New York, NY, 2017 232 pages (hardcover), $29.95, ISBN 978-0-19-045903-1Reviewed by Rhonda Peterson DealeyAzzi-Lessing's...
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Lessons Learned from Ten Years of Using School-Based Screenings for Suicide Postvention
Suicide is a significant public health issue for adolescents. In the United States, suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth ages fifteen to twenty-four and the third leading cause of death for youth ages ten to fourteen (Centers for Disease...
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Critical Service Learning Toolkit: Social Work Strategies for Promoting Healthy Youth Development
Critical Service Learning Toolkit: Social Work Strategies for Promoting Healthy Youth Development Annette Johnson, Cassandra McKay-Jackson, and Giesela Grumbach Oxford University Press, New York, NY, 2018 102 pages (paperback), $24.95, ISBN 978-0-19-085872-8Reviewed...
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Innovative Skills to Support Well-Being and Resiliency in Youth
Innovative Skills to Support Well-Being and Resiliency in Youth Nicole Nicotera and Julie Anne Laser-Maira Oxford University Press, New York, NY, 2017 151 pages (paperback), $34.95, ISBN 978-0-19-065710-9Reviewed by Carolyn J. LewisIn Innovative Skills...
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Motivational Interviewing and CBT: Combining Strategies for Maximum Effectiveness
Motivational Interviewing and CBT: Combining Strategies for Maximum Effectiveness Sylvie Naar and Steven A. Safren Guilford Press, New York, NY, 2017 242 pages (hardcover), ISBN 978-1-4625-3154-7Reviewed by Katie HensoldNaar and Safren intended the book...
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Influences of Academic Success among Low-Income Minority Students: A Qualitative Interpretive Meta-Synthesis of Student, Educator, and Parent Experiences
Education has long been recognized as important to individual well-being and the nation's economic growth (Zhao, 2016). Yet disparities in educational opportunities, attainment, and achievement exist among different student populations in the United...
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Ambiguous Loss in Schools: Guidelines for Practitioners
There are many forms of loss that may cause a student to grieve; death is only one of them (Boss, 2006). Although grief is primarily associated with the death of a loved one, other forms of loss such as parental divorce or incarceration can disrupt a...
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Interventions for Disruptive Behaviors: Reducing Problems and Building Skills
Interventions for Disruptive Behaviors: Reducing Problems and Building Skills Gregory A. Fabiano Guilford Press, New York, NY, 2016 164 pages (paperback), $33.99, ISBN 978-1-46-252661-1Reviewed by Jessica StutzFabiano's Interventions for Disruptive Behaviors...
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Letter to the IASSW Board regarding Family Separation Policy
Dear Fellow IASSW Board Members,I have just returned from Harlingen, Texas, which is about half an hour from the border of Mexico. I am writing to all of you to make you more aware of the injustice that is being done to the families and children who...
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Family Separation, Zero Tolerance, and Advocacy
Children in cages. The images are seared into my mind. Young children, crying, held in cages like zoo animals. Like me, many people were horrified by the federal government's actions of separating children from parents who may have entered the United...
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Vol. 42, No. 1, Fall

Letter from the Editor: Title IX and School Social Workers
On Friday, September 22, 2017, U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced that she was rescinding Obama-era changes to how schools should handle sexual assaults under Title IX. Title IX of the Education Act of 1972 prohibits discrimination...
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Policy Windows in School Social Work: History, Practice Implications, and New Directions
The relationship between schools and social problems in the United States has always been complex, reflecting the belief that education is both the solution to and the cause of many of our most pressing social problems. This tendency to educationalize...
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ADHD Rating Scale-5 for Children and Adolescents: Checklists, Norms, and Clinical Interpretation
ADHD Rating Scale-5 for Children and Adolescents: Checklists, Norms, and Clinical Interpretation George J. DuPaul, Thomas J. Power, Arthur D. Anastopoulos, and Robert Reid Guilford Press, New York, NY, 2016 124 pages (paperback), $136.00, ISBN 978-1-4625-2487-7As...
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Play in Schools: An Investigation of School Social Workers' Perceptions and Experiences
The past three decades have seen an ever-growing demand for academic achievement and educational accountability (Zigler & Bishop-Josef, 2009) due in part to the mediocre performance of U.S. students on global assessments (Organization for Economic...
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Treating PTSD in Preschoolers: A Clinical Guide
Treating PTSD in Preschoolers: A Clinical Guide Michael S. Scheeringa Guilford Press, New York, NY, 2016 222 pages (paperback), $35.00, ISBN 978-1-4625-2233-0Treating PTSD in Preschoolers: A Clinical Guide by Michael S. Scheeringa provides readers with...
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Children Who Fail at School but Succeed at Life: Lessons from Lives Well-Lived
Children Who Fail at School but Succeed at Life: Lessons from Lives Well-Lived Mark Katz Norton, New York, NY, 2016 2 78 pages (hardcover), $42.00, ISBN 978-0-393-71141-7In Children Who Fail at School but Succeed at Life: Lessons from Lives WellLived,...
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A School-Wide Initiative to Enhance Student Connectedness to School Social Work: Program Description and Analysis of Its Effectiveness
IntroductionAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC; 2016), "many high school students engage in behaviors that place them at risk for the leading causes of morbidity and mortality." This statement is based on the results of...
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The Professional Legitimation of Early School Social Work: A Historical Analysis
School social work practice began in 1906 in four cities: Boston; New York; Chicago; and Hartford, Connecticut (Constable, 2016). In the 110 years since the first school social workers (then referred to as visiting teachers) began their work, one constant...
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Vol. 41, No. 1, Fall

A Collaborative Endeavor: The Roles and Functions of School Social Workers and School Psychologists in Implementing Multi-Tiered System of Supports/Response to Intervention
Multi-tiered System of Supports/Response to Intervention (MTSS/RTI) is an approach that provides high-quality structured intervention matched to student needs. This approach uses learning rate over time and level of performance to make educational decisions...
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Adolescents' Experiences: Programming Implications for In-School Dating Violence Prevention Programs
IntroductionA growing body of literature reveals that adolescent boys and girls experience physical, emotional, and sexual abuse at the hands of their dating partners (Fawson, 2015; National Institute of Justice [NIJ], 2008; O'Keefe, 1998). This research...
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Mind over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think (2Nd Ed.)
Mind over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think (2nd ed.) Dennis Greenberger and Christine A. Padesky Guilford Press, New York, NY, 2015 339 pages (paperback), $26.95, ISBN 978-1-4625-204208Reviewed by Lynn R. ZakeriDennis Greenberger...
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The Power of Peers in the Classroom: Enhancing Learning and Social Skills
The Power of Peers in the Classroom: Enhancing Learning and Social Skills Karen R. Harris and Lynn Meltzer, Editors Guilford Press, New York, NY, 2015 322 pages (paperback), $33.25, ISBN 1462521061Reviewed by David RodenThe Power of Peers in the Classroom,...
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Frontiers of Change: School Social Work in Charter and Takeover Schools
IntroductionAmerican children lag behind their international counterparts each year in educational attainment (Alliance for Excellent Education, 2009). Research by the Alliance for Excellent Education indicates that, as children fall farther behind,...
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Exploring the Impact of Discipline Alternative Education Programs on Student Academic, Attendance, and Discipline Outcomes
The No Child Left Behind Act (2002) has affected student outcomes and academic achievements. It has placed a greater emphasis on educating all students including disruptive students and students at risk for dropout. Although the NCLB's desired results...
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The Helping Professional's Guide to Ethics: A New Perspective
The Helping Professional's Guide to Ethics: A New Perspective Valerie Bryan, Scott Sanders, and Laura Kaplan Oxford University Press, New York, NY, 2015 180 pages (paperback), $39.95, ISBN 978-1-933478-04-3Reviewed by Carolyn J. LewisIn The Helping Professional's...
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Rural Social Work in the 21st Century
Rural Social Work in the 21st Century Michael R. Daley Lyceum Books, Chicago, IL, 2015 309 pages (paperback), $49.95, ISBN 978-1-935871-61-3Reviewed by Joy St. PierreMichael R. Daley wrote the book Rural Social Work in the 21st Century as a comprehensive...
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School Social Workers: From Visiting Teachers to Superheroes
An editorial does not contain sufficient space to fully explore the topic of the roles of school social workers and the skills they must possess or how challenges to school social work practice have changed over time. The original role of school social...
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Understanding the Mental Health Problems of Children and Adolescents
Understanding the Mental Health Problems of Children and Adolescents Kirstin Painter and Maria Scannapieco Lyceum Books, Chicago, IL, 2015 252 pages (paperback), $69.95, ISBN 978-1-933478-88-3Reviewed by Timothy A. MustyPainter and Scannapieco wrote...
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Vol. 40, No. 2, 2016

Trauma-Sensitive Schools: An Evidence-Based Approach
If 20 million people were infected by a virus that caused anxiety, impulsivity, aggression, sleep problems, depression, respiratory and heart problems, vulnerability to substance abuse, antisocial and criminal behavior, . . . and school failure, we would...
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Vol. 39, No. 2, Spring

Counseling Students in Levels 2 and 3: A PBIS/RTI Guide
Counseling Students in Levels 2 and 3: A PBIS/RTI Guide Jon M. Shepard, Jeffrey D. Shahidullah, and John S. Carlson Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, CA, 2013 248 pages (paperback), $32.33, ISBN 978-1-4522-5564-4Reviewed by David RodenHow energized or enlightened...
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