School Social Work Journal

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Vol. 42, No. 2, Spring

Changes to the NASW Code of Ethics and School Social Work
On January 1, 2018, the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) changed. These changes, adopted by the NASW Delegate Assembly in August 2017, are the first major revisions since 1996, although significant changes were made...
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Motivational Interviewing in the Schools: Conversations to Improve Behavior and Learning
Motivational Interviewing in the Schools: Conversations to Improve Behavior and Learning Stephen Rollnick, Sebastian G. Kaplan, and Richard Rutschman Guilford Press, New York, NY, 2016 222 pages, paperback, $23.75, ISBN: 978-1462527274Reviewed by David...
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The Emotional Regulation Skills System for Cognitively Challenged Clients: A DBT Informed Approach
The Emotional Regulation Skills System for Cognitively Challenged Clients: A DBT Informed Approach Julie F. Brown Guilford Press, New York, NY, 2016 351 pages, paperback, $35.00, ISBN 978-1-4625-1928-6Reviewed by Amy RunningenBrown developed The Emotional...
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Pilot Evaluation of the Back to Basics Parenting Training in Urban Schools
Among school-age children, disruptive behavior is the most common reason for referral to mental health services (Sopko, 2006). Disruptive behavior refers to problematic behavior such as aggression, noncompliance, and impulsivity (Hunter, 2003); disruptive...
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School Social Work Leadership: Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Practices for the Profession
School social workers are versatile professionals who focus on optimizing student performance by promoting school-home-community relationships that are beneficial to youth development. Although school social work research has focused extensively on professional...
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DBT Skills in Schools: Skills Training for Emotional Problem Solving for Adolescents (DBT STEPS-A)
DBT Skills in Schools: Skills Training for Emotional Problem Solving for Adolescents (DBT STEPS-A) James J. Mazza, Elizabeth T. Dexter-Mazza, Alec L. Miller, Jill H. Rathus, and Heather E. Murphy Guilford Press, New York, NY, 2016 490 pages, paperback,...
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Identifying and Selecting Evidence-Based Early Intervention Programs for Elementary Students Displaying Physical Aggression
Social workers in schools are often the first service providers to assess and address psychosocial-behavioral struggles in children and youth. In order to effectively address those struggles, school social workers must develop a standard of practice...
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The Utilization of an Electronic Data Collection System to Assess Professional Practice in School Social Work
In the profession of social work, school social work as a specialty practice has evolved over more than a century and has provided important and valuable contributions to public school settings. From the broadest perspective, the expectations for school...
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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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Promoting Student Happiness: Positive Psychology in Schools
Promoting Student Happiness: Positive Psychology in Schools Shannon M. Suldo Guilford Press, New York, NY, 2016 2 73 pages (paperback), $35.00, ISBN 978-1-4625-2680-2The focus of Promoting Student Happiness by Shannon Suldo is to inform the reader about...
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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. 2, Spring

Supporting Academic Achievement through School-Based Mental Health Services: A Multisite Evaluation of Reading Outcomes across One Academic Year
When assessing the need for school-based mental health services, it is critical to consider the prevalence of mental health issues among children and adolescents. It is estimated that, in any year, about 5 percent of elementary-school-aged children will...
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Skillstreaming Children and Youth with High-Functioning Autism: A Guide for Teaching Prosocial Skills
Skillstreaming Children and Youth with High-Functioning Autism: A Guide for Teaching Prosocial Skills Ellen McGinnis and Richard L. Simpson Research Press, Champaign, IL, 2017 365 pages (paperback), $46.99, ISBN 978-0-87822-683-2Reviewed by Jackie Duffy-HookSkillstreaming...
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Building Champions: A Small-Group Counseling Curriculum for Boys
Building Champions: A Small-Group Counseling Curriculum for Boys Carol Miller Research Press, Champaign, IL, 2016 188 pages (paperback), $34.99, ISBN 978-0878226993Certified school counselor Carol Miller wrote the book Building Champions: A Small-Group...
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School Social Work: Practice, Policy, and Research (8Th Ed.)
School Social Work: Practice, Policy, and Research (8th ed.) Carol Rippey Massat, Michael S. Kelly, and Robert Constable (Eds.) Lyceum Books, Chicago, IL, 2016 695 pages (paperback), $86.95, ISBN 978-1-935871-69-9Reviewed by Rhonda Peterson DealeyThis...
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Letter from the Editor: School Social Work Week and the Need for Action
As I write this editorial, it is March 2017, which is National Social Work Month. Approximately one-half of the states in the United States specifically recognize School Social Work Week during National Social Work Month (Kopels, 2015). School Social...
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Nonverbal Learning Disabilities
Nonverbal Learning Disabilities Cesare Cornoldi, Irene C. Mammarella, and Jodene Goldenring Fine Guilford Press, NY, 2016. 202 pages (hardback), $35.00, ISBN 978-1-4625-2758-8Authors Cornoldi, Mammarella, and Fine have tackled the overlooked task of...
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Behavioral Activation with Adolescents: A Clinician's Guide
Behavioral Activation with Adolescents: A Clinician's Guide Elizabeth McCauley, Kelly A. Schloredt, Gretchen R. Gudmundsen, Christopher R. Martell, and Sona Dimidjian Guilford Press, New York, 2016 226 pages (paperback), $29.75, ISBN 978-1-4625-2398-6If...
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Illinois School Social Work Licensure Exams: A Comparison of State Licensure Agencies
IntroductionSchool social work is a specialty within the field of social work that provides services to students to help them achieve equal access to the curriculum. These services are provided at the micro (individual counseling), mezzo (group counseling),...
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Youth and Substance Use: Prevention, Intervention, and Recovery
Youth and Substance Use: Prevention, Intervention, and Recovery Lori Holleran Steiker Lyceum Books, Chicago, IL, 2016 2 70 pages (paperback), $39.95, ISBN 978-1-935-871-63-7Reviewed by Kristen A. ProckLori Holleran Steiker's first solo authored book...
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Exploring Urban Hassles and Psychosocial Needs for Urban High Schoolers in a School-Wide Needs Assessment
Mental health research findings demonstrate greater prevalence of disorders among adolescents than either children or adults (National Institutes of Mental Health, 2015a, 2015b). In fact, the National Comorbidity Study Adolescent Supplement (NCS-A) reported...
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An Investigation of School Social Worker Perceptions toward School Security Personnel
School social workers provide a number of student- and systemfocused interventions designed to address the needs of students using a person-in-environment perspective. They are a critical component of the school-home-community relationship, facilitating...
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The Mindful Education Workbook: Lessons for Teaching Mindfulness to Students
The Mindful Education Workbook: Lessons for Teaching Mindfulness to Students Daniel Rechtschaffen W.W. Norton, New York, 2016 288 pages (paperback), $24.95, ISBN-13: 978-0-393-71046-5Reviewed by Timothy A. MustyRechtschaffen wrote The Mindful Education...
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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

Using Values Narratives to Promote Youth Well-Being in Schools: An Exploratory Quantitative Evaluation of the Laws of Life Essay
Adolescents and young adults are exposed to an array of adversities (Finkelhor, Turner, Ormrod, & Hamby, 2009) and school social workers are on the front lines of helping students cope with them. Researchers have identified strategies that can be...
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Collaborative Problem Solving in Schools: Results of a Year-Long Consultation Project
Children with challenging behaviors are often misunderstood and mistreated. They are commonly viewed as being manipulative, and their parents are frequently blamed for lacking sufficient discipline. However, recent research has begun to shine a light...
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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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Training and Implementation Support Opportunities for Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Models in Secondary Schools
School social workers are uniquely positioned to provide effective and brief interventions for secondary students with substance-related problems. Few school social workers would argue with research demonstrating that substance use is associated with...
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Vol. 40, No. 2, Spring

Social Workers Need to Exercise Their Right to Vote: The Supreme Court Depends on It
By now, most readers of the School Social Work Journal know that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died on February 13, 2016, at age seventy-nine. Most readers also know that there is a debate as to whether President Obama has the right to appoint...
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Challenges in Pre-Tertiary Education in South Africa: Is School Social Work Part of the Solution?
IntroductionThe development of children is mainly facilitated within the family system, the educational environment, and the public domain; schools are seen as primary contributors to the social development of learners. Education for All (EFA), a global...
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Anxiety and Depression in the Classroom: A Teacher's Guide to Fostering Self-Regulation in Young Students
Anxiety and Depression in the Classroom: A Teacher's Guide to Fostering Self-regulation in Young Students Nadji Reilly Norton, New York, 2015 356 pages (paperback), $21.95, ISBN 978-0-393-70872-1Reviewed by Danny PorterAnxiety and Depression in the Classroom:...
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DBT Skills Manual for Adolescents
DBT Skills Manual for Adolescents Jill H. Rathus and Alec L. Miller Guilford Press, New York, 2015 392 pages (paperback), $45.00, ISBN 978-1-4625-1535-6Reviewed by Lynn R. ZakeriEven if a school social worker is not well versed in dialectical behavior...
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An Experiential Approach to Group Work (2Nd Edition)
An Experiential Approach to Group Work (2nd edition) Rich Furman, Kimberly Bender, and Diana Rowan Lyceum Books, Chicago, IL, 2014 160 pages (paperback), $29.95, ISBN 978-1-935871-33-0Reviewed by Stacey MeathAn Experiential Approach to Group Work by...
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Supporting Behavior for School Success: A Step-by-Step Guide to Key Strategies
Supporting Behavior for School Success: A Step-by-Step Guide to Key Strategies Kathleen Lynne Lane, Holly Mariah Menzies, Robin Parks Ennis, and Wendy Peia Oakes Guilford Press, New York, 2015 242 pages, paperback, $35.00, ISBN 978-1-4625-2139-5Reviewed...
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Teen First Divorce Treatment Program: A Facilitator's Guide for Group Work with Adolescents
Teen First Divorce Treatment Program: A Facilitator's Guide for Group Work with Adolescents Jeremy D. Jewell Research Press, Champaign, IL, 2015 187 pages (paperback), $49.95, ISBN# 978-0-87822-691-7Reviewed by Carolyn J. LewisTeen First Divorce Treatment...
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Vol. 40, No. 1, Fall

Should Traumatized Students Be Considered Students with Disabilities?
On May 18, 2015, a lawsuit was filed in a federal court in California alleging that the Compton, California, school district has systematically failed to address the needs of children who experience trauma. The lawsuit, Peter P. v. Compton Unified School...
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Case Manager Perspectives on the Effectiveness of an Elementary School Truancy Intervention
A strong association between truancy and subsequent offending has been demonstrated in the academic literature, and some experts have referred to truancy as the gateway to youth crime (Garry, 1996). For instance, truancy may be the first sign in a progression...
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The Impact on Peer Facilitators of Facilitating a School-Based Healthy Relationship Program for Teens
IntroductionTeen dating violence is described using many terms, including intimate partner violence, dating abuse, domestic violence/abuse, and relationship violence/abuse (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2014). Regardless of the term,...
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A Social Work Perspective on the Treatment of Gifted and Talented Students in American Public Schools
From the early days of the educational reform movement, critics have recognized the failure of the American public school system to provide its very best students with the opportunity to maximize their potential (Renzulli & Reis, 2004). Unfortunately,...
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Holistic Health Promotion for Adolescent Girls in an Alternative School Setting: Lessons Learned
IntroductionTeens in alternative school programs engage in more risky health behaviors (Grunbaum, Lowry, & Kann, 2001) and are at greater risk of obesity (Sherlock, 2011) than teens in mainstream schools. Because healthy students are able to learn...
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Child-Centered Play Therapy Workbook
Child-Centered Play Therapy Workbook Jodi Ann Mullen and June M. Rickli Research Press, Champaign, IL, 2014 149 pages, softcover, $29.95, ISBN 978-1-59857-682-5Reviewed by Danny PorterChild-Centered Play Therapy Workbook is a self-directed and simple-to-use...
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Modern Social Work Theory, 4th Edition
Modern Social Work Theory, 4th Edition Malcolm Payne Lyceum Books, Chicago, IL, 2014 441 pages, softcover, $54.95, ISBN 978-1-935871-06-4Reviewed by Carolyn J. LewisMalcolm Payne created the fourth edition of Modern Social Work Theory in order to present...
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The Teacher's Guide to Student Mental Health
The Teacher's Guide to Student Mental Health William Dikel Norton Books, NY, 2014 320 pages, hardcover, $32.00, ISBN-978-0-393-70864-4Reviewed by Lynn R. ZakeriWritten by a child and adolescent psychologist, The Teacher's Guide to Student Mental Health...
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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in K-12 School Settings: A Practitioner's Toolkit
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in K-12 School Settings: A Practitioner's Toolkit Diana Joyce-Beaulieu and Michael L. Sulkowski Springer Publishing, New York, NY, 2015 197 pages, paperback, $55.00, ISBN 978-0-8261-9638-5Reviewed by Timothy A. MustyJoyce-Beaulieu...
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Promoting Social Skills in the Inclusive Classroom
Promoting Social Skills in the Inclusive Classroom Kimber L. Wilkerson, Aaron B. T. Perzigian, and Jill K. Schurr Guilford Press, New York, 2014 190 pages (paperback), $33.95, ISBN 978-1462511488Reviewed by David RodenDue to their broad training and...
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Working with Homeless and Vulnerable People: Basic Skills and Practice
Working with Homeless and Vulnerable People: Basic Skills and Practice Jeanette Waegemakers Schiff Lyceum Books, Inc., Chicago, IL, 2015 412 pages (softcover), $69.95, 978-1-935871-62-0Reviewed by Kristen A. ProckJeanette W. Schiff wrote Working with...
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Vol. 39, No. 2, Spring

School Social Workers Month: A Time for Recognition
As this issue heads to press, it is March 2015. March is designated as National Social Work Month. This year, the National Association of Social Workers' theme for social work month is "Social Work Paves the Way for Change" (NASW, 2015). In many states,...
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The Impact of School Social Workers on High School Freshman Graduation among the One Hundred Largest School Districts in the United States
IntroductionEach year, more than 1 million students fail to graduate from high school (Englund, Egeland, & Collins, 2008). Students who drop out of school are associated with higher rates of incarceration and increased mental health problems (Finn,...
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Cyberbullying: Implications for Social Work Assessment
Bullying has garnered increased national attention as a result of greater awareness of its harmful impact on children and youth and public outcry following the suicides of several bullied youth. Despite the current interest in this issue, bullying, in...
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School Social Work and College Readiness: Examining School-Level Factors Related to American College Test Scores
School social work practice focuses on addressing students' nonacademic barriers to learning such as mental health issues and basic needs (National Association of Social Workers [NASW], 2012). In turn, this focus supports students' academic growth and...
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Assessing School Employees' Abilities to Respond to Children's Mental Health Needs: Implications for School Social Work
Mental health disorders are widely prevalent among children and adolescents. Current estimates indicate that approximately 1 in 5 children will experience a mental health disorder severe enough to impair functioning and increase risk for a variety of...
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Facilitating Urban School Social Worker Collaboration with Teachers in Addressing ADHD: A Mixed-Methods Assessment of Urban School Social Worker Knowledge
IntroductionThe increasing prevalence of attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) continues to present challenges for teachers. An estimated 3 to 11 percent of school-aged children meet criteria for the disorder, placing at least one child with...
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Youth Voice Project: Student Insights into Bullying and Peer Mistreatment
Youth Voice Project: Student Insights into Bullying and Peer Mistreatment Stan Davis and Charisse L. Nixon Research Press, Champaign, IL, 2014 167 pages (paperback), $49.95, 978-0-87822-681-8Reviewed by Kristen A. ProckBullying and peer mistreatment...
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The MindUP Curriculum Grades 3-5: Brain-Focused Strategies for Learning - and Living
The MindUP Curriculum Grades 3-5: Brain-Focused Strategies for Learning-and Living The Hawn Foundation Scholastic, New York, NY, 2011 160 pages (paperback), $24.99, ISBN-13: 9780545267137Reviewed by Timothy A. MustyThe MindUP Curriculum Grades 3-5: Brain-Focused...
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Handbook of Evidence-Based Practices for Emotional and Behavioral Disorders: Applications in Schools
Handbook of Evidence-Based Practices for Emotional and Behavioral Disorders: Applications in Schools Hill M. Walker and Frank M. Gresham, editors Guilford Press, NY, 2014 622 pages, hardcover, $95.00, ISBN 978-1-4625-1228-7Reviewed by Stacey MeathThe...
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Essentials of Psychiatric Diagnosis: Responding to the Challenge of DSM-5 (Revised)
Essentials of Psychiatric Diagnosis: Responding to the Challenge of DSM-5 (Revised) Allen Frances The Guilford Press, New York, 2013 218 pages (paperback), $35.00, 978-1-4625-1348-2Reviewed by Lynn R. ZakeriIf you are similar to many therapists, you...
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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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Vol. 39, No. 1, November

Letter from the Editor
In the last issue, Carol Massat, the previous editor of the School Social Work Journal signed off by using a metaphorical analogy of the ancient Greek torch race, in which she passed the lighted torch to me as she handed over stewardship of the journal....
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School Social Workers' Responses to Victims and Perpetrators of Cyberbullying: Results from a National Survey
Cyberbullying, also called online bullying, is defined as the use of Internet and communication technologies (ICT) to inflict willful and repeated harm (Hinduja & Patchin, 2009). Among primary and secondary students in the United States, approximately...
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Utilizing Direct Observation Methods to Measure Social-Emotional Behaviors in School Social Work Practice
Educational mandates, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), and educational approaches, such as Response to Intervention (RTI) and Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS), demonstrate...
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Fortieth Anniversary of Title IX: Rethinking Educational Opportunity for Pregnant and Parenting Students
Four decades after the passage of the highly publicized Title EX legislation originally aimed to ensure gender equality in education, social workers are challenged to hold the public school system accountable to Title IX injunctions as they apply to...
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Diversity and Related Services Personnel: Challenges, Strategies, and Solutions through Culturally Competent Collaborative Practice
At the start of the twenty-first century, fiscal retrenchment from federal spending and the increasing diversity of students in the classroom provided an unprecedented challenge for school-based professionals. Demographic trends project continued (or...
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Increasing Access to Mental Health Services in Schools through Community-Engaged Research: Results from a One-Year Pilot Project
Mental health services in schools typically have been restricted to assessment, clinical consultation, and treatment services for students in or being referred to special education (Weist, 2005). However. Weist reports that, with estimated rates of school-aged...
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Meeting the Challenges of Adolescent Psychotherapy
Meeting the Challenges of Adolescent Psychotherapy James E. Gardner Research Press, Champaign, IL, 2013 167 pages (paperback), $21.95, ISBN 978-0-87822-675-7Reviewed by Amy RunningenGardner wrote Meeting the Challenges of Adolescent Psychotherapy as...
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Empowering Teen Peers to Prevent Bullying: The Bully Busters Program for High School
Empowering Teen Peers to Prevent Bullying: The Bully Busters Program for High School Arthur M. Horne, Amy Nitza, Brian F. Dobias, David L. Jolliff, Katherine A. Raczynski, and William Voors Research Press, Champaign, IL, 2012 181 pages (paperback), $39.95,...
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Connecting the Dots between Education, Interests, and Careers, Grades 7-10: A Guide for School Practitioners
Connecting the Dots between Education, Interests, and Careers, Grades 7-10: A Guide for School Practitioners Sarah M. Klerk Corwin. Thousand Oaks. CA, 2013 131 pages (paperback). $24.00, ISBN 978-1-4522-7190-3Reviewed by Joy St. PierreSarah M. Klerk...
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Social and Academic Abilities in Children with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders
Social and Academic Abilities in Children with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders Nirit Bauminger-Zviely Guilford Press, New York. 2013 322 pages (hardcover), $34.00, ISBN 978-1-4625-0942-3Reviewed by Lauren LevinNirit Bauminger-Zviely offers...
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Relaxation and Wellness Techniques: Mastering the Mind-Body Connection
Relaxation and Wellness Techniques: Mastering the Mind-Body Connection Mary Karapetian Alvord, Bonnie Zucker, and Bryce Alvord Research Press, Champaign, IL, 2013 Audio CD, 74 Minutes, $19.95, ISBN-10 0878226613Reviewed by Danny PorterRelaxation and...
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Vol. 38, No. 2, June

Passing the Torch
In the ancient Greek torch race, a lighted torch was passed from one runner to another. I want you to imagine me running my heart out, holding a lit torch, and passing it along to Sandra Kopels and Brenda Lindsey, of the University of Illinois School...
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An Essay Review of the DSM-5
As noted by Corcoran and Walsh (2010), social workers have always experienced mixed feelings about using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of Mental Disorders. Changes from the DSM-IV-TR to the DSM-5 are not difficult to find. They start with...
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The Role of School Social Workers in Implementation of Response to Intervention
IntroductionResponse to intervention (RTI) is the practice of providing high-quality instruction/intervention matched to student needs and using learning rate over time and level of performance to make important educational decisions (Batsche et al.,...
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Teen Dating Violence: A Comparison of Self-Report Measures
There is growing concern regarding violence and abuse in teen dating relationships. As reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC; 2002), one in five teens is abused while dating. Other research has suggested that up to 50 percent...
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Relational Aggression from a School Social Work Perspective: A Social Information Processing Counseling Activity
IntroductionBullying is one of the most prominent forms of aggression in schools today, and being a victim of bullying is a predictor of future acts of school violence by that victim (DeVoe & Chandler, 2005). It has been found that perpetrators of...
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Using Integrative Short-Term Treatment in Addressing the Social-Emotional Needs of Immigrant Students: Implications for School Social Work Practice
IntroductionAn immigrant child's ability to succeed in school and the academic institution's ability to assist in this process play an integral part in the child's social-emotional adjustment and development. With increasing immigration rates, educators...
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Social Work and Special Education Students' Attributions of Poverty: A Leadership Opportunity for School Social Workers
IntroductionEven today, poverty remains one of America's most incessant social problems. Poverty results in human suffering: despair, low self-esteem, malnutrition, social and emotional isolation, and physical and psychological problems. Populations...
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Daily Behavior Report Cards: An Evidence-Based System of Assessment and Intervention
Daily Behavior Report Cards: An Evidence-Based System of Assessment and Intervention Robert J. Volpe and Gregory A. Fabiano Guilford Publications, New York, 2013 130 pages (paperback) $35.00, ISBN 1-4625-0923-2Reviewed by Carolyn J. LewisIn the nine...
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Problem Solving in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy: A Skills-Based, Collaborative Approach
Problem Solving in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy: A Skills-Based, Collaborative Approach Katharina Manassis Guilford Press, New York, 2012 208 pages (hardcover), $26.35, ISBN 978-1-4625-0370-4Reviewed by Rebecca A. StewartAs evidenced by the title,...
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Skillstreaming in Early Childhood: Student Workbook and Group Leader's Guide
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