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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: "This book promotes the idea of helping school personnel, parents, and others involved in the child's life interact more effectively in order to encourage positive behaviors and ultimately achieve successful academic and emotional goals. The volume is a second edition, the first being published in 1996."
Purpose: According to the authors, the purpose is to provide "a framework and model for interfacing the primary settings and systems in a student's life: the home and school systems...guided by guided by at least three fundamental considerations...(a) an expanded framework for including families in a problem-solving process; (b) the integration of evidence-based interventions into prevention and intervention practices in consultation problem solving; and (c) the use of conjoint consultation problem-solving protocols as a practice guideline for the problem-solving process."
Audience: The audience includes school psychologists, special educators, and other school-based professionals as well as mental health practitioners. The authors suggest it also could be a suitable graduate text or training manual.
Features: Conjoint behavioral consultation is defined as "a strength-based, cross-system problem-solving and decision-making model wherein parents, teachers, and other caregivers or service providers work as partners and share responsibility for promoting positive and consistent outcomes related to a child's academic, behavioral, and social-emotional development." The authors begin by introducing the model and defining key concepts, then show how to apply it with families in various contexts. They conclude with a review of research outcome data. The book is very readable and contains helpful figures and tables. The practical, step-by-step approach makes it easy for readers to understand the process and the case studies are excellent and show how a conjoint plan is developed, implemented, and evaluated. The excellent appendixes are chock-full of information and including: objectives, definitions, and examples of conjoint needs identification interviews; a conjoint needs analysis interview form; a behavioral functions chart; a consultation plan; and a sample home and school intervention plan. A CD-ROM has reproducible forms and various intervention tools. The table of contents is broken down into topic areas so readers can easily locate the information they need. Obviously, programs which encourage parents and teachers to work together are not new, but this program provides a solid framework and is evidence-based.
Assessment: This book delivers a wonderful way for parents and teachers to collaborate to help children be all they can be. The authors do a nice job of providing a pragmatic, evidence-based approach to integrating the best from the fields of psychology and education. This is material you can use immediately, especially with the CD-ROM with reproducible forms. Since the first edition was published in 1996 and the research base has increased exponentially, it makes sense that a second edition was needed.