School Social Work Journal

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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
Skillstreaming in Early Childhood: Student Workbook and Group Leader's Guide Ellen McGinnis Research Press, Champaign, Illinois, 2013 Leader's Guide, 25 pages, (paperback) Student Workbook, 10 copies, 34 pages each (paperback) $32.95, ISBN 978-0-87822-676-4...
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Teacher's Guide to ADHD
Teacher's Guide to ADHD Robert Reid and Joseph Johnson Guilford Press, New York, 2012 274 pages, paperback $28.00, ISBN 978-1-60918-979-2 Reviewed by Lynn ZakeriThe first few chapters cover definitions of ADHD as well as overviews of assessments. The...
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Teaching Adolescents to Think and Act Responsibly: The EQUIP Approach
Teaching Adolescents to Think and Act Responsibly: The EQUIP Approach Ann-Marie DiBiase, John C. Gibbs, Granville Bud Potter, and Matthew R. Blount Research Press, New York, 2012 230 pages (paperback), $33.95, ISBN: 978-0-87822-671-9 Reviewed by David...
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