Prepare for work with at-risk youth with AT RISK YOUTH: A COMPREHENSIVE RESPONSE! Presenting educational, psychological, and counseling interventions for the prevention and treatment of at-risk behaviors, this counseling text will help you improve the lives of young people at risk. Each chapter makes use of case studies and stories of real clients to illustrate concepts and to highlight, apply, and personalize the book's information. An extensive appendix contains a list of phone numbers and Web page information on national organizations, agencies, and clearinghouses that provide information, technical assistance, and other resources on the problems of working with at-risk children, adolescents, and families.
J. Jeffries McWhirter holds a diplomate in counseling psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology and is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, the Academy of Counseling Psychology, and the Association of Specialists in Group Work. He is a professor in the Division of Psychology in Education at Arizona State University. He has also maintained a small private practice for nearly 30 years. Jeffries is Benedict and Robert's father, and Benedict and Ellen are married.
Benedict T. McWhirter received his doctorate degree from the Counseling Psychology Program at Arizona State University. He is an assistant professor of counseling psychology at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and a licensed psychologist in the state of Nebraska.
Ellen Hawley McWhirter has a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Arizona State University. She is an assistant professor of counseling psychology at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and a licensed psychologist in the state of Nebraska.
The author team is comprised of four family members who all bring to the table different experiences and expertise. The lead author, J. Jeffries McWhirter, is Professor Emeritus at Arizona State University in the Counseling and Counseling Psychology Programs. The second and third authors, Benedict McWhirter and Ellen Hawley McWhirter, are both associate p rofessors in the Counseling Psychology Program at the University of Oregon. All are actively involved in the American Psychological Association and the American Counseling Association. Robert J. McWhirter is an assistant federal public defender in Arizona who, among other contributions, wrote the chapter on ethical and legal issues.
PART I. AT-RISK CHILDREN AND YOUTH: THE ECOLOGY OF PROBLEMS. 1. An Introduction to At-Risk Issues. 2. Environmental/Societal Factors that Contribute to Risk. 3. Legal and Ethical Issues. PART II. FAMILIES, SCHOOLS, SKILLS. 4. Family Problems of At-Risk Children and Youth. 5. School Issues That Relate to At-Risk Children and Youth. 6. Individual Characteristics of High-Risk and Low-Risk Children and Youth. PART III. AT-RISK CATEGORIES. 7. School Dropouts. 8. Substance Use and Addiction. 9. Teenage Pregnancy and Risky Sexual Behavior. 10. Antisocial Behavior, Delinquency and Youth Gangs. 11. Youth Suicide. PART IV. PREVENTION, INTERVENTION, AND TREATMENT APPROACHES. 12. A Prevention/Early Intervention/Treatment Framework and Other Environmental Considerations. 13. Core Components of Programs for Prevention and Early Intervention. 14. Peer Interventions. 15. Family Interventions.