Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

ADOLESCENTS AT RISK: Home-Based Family Therapy and School-Based Intervention

Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

ADOLESCENTS AT RISK: Home-Based Family Therapy and School-Based Intervention

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Multisystemic Therapy and Intervention

Working with at-risk students has been a focus of school psychology practice for a very long time. Currently, in many schools, a multitiered approach to interventions is used with at-risk students who have academic and social–emotional problems. The use of this approach is supported by both state and federal legislation.

Two distinguished professors of psychology wrote the book reviewed here. They explain and describe the use of a particular way of coordinating with others, and using home-based family systems therapy and school-based interventions to assist at-risk adolescents.

The book is designed for those in training as well as advanced practitioners. It begins by defining terms, describing what constitutes an at-risk adolescent, and explaining the authors’ multisystem model of intervention, a way to coordinate with other individuals and agencies in solving problems with such adolescents and their families.

The book is divided into four sections. Section one concerns definitions and descriptions of family systems. Here the authors explain terms (e.g., family kinship), and provide insight about diverse family systems. Parts two and three focus on home and school environments, and part four deals with research about home-based family systems therapy. The approach of family systems therapy used in book was developed, based on research, for adolescents with behavior and conduct disorders.

The book has many strengths: It is well organized and written, the interventions discussed were developed from extensive research, and it offers practical and doable methods for addressing the various problems that at-risk adolescents present. …

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