Helping Children with Aggression and Conduct Problems: Best Practices for Intervention / Edition 1

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Meeting a growing need among human service and education professionals, this book presents empirically supported guidelines for delivering effective services to 3- to 12-year-olds with aggression and conduct problems. Interventions are organized within a comprehensive developmental multisystemic framework, and grounded in a vast body of research. Articulated are best practices for assessment and intervention planning, child and parent/family skills building, mental health treatments, school-based interventions, and community-based child and family support. Particular attention is given to strategies for coordinating multiple services and engaging families in intervention efforts. Written in a clear, accessible style, the book offers a vital blueprint for practice with this challenging population of children and their families.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"This very user-friendly volume provides a superb, up-to-date overview of the research base and clinical procedures for intervening with childhood aggression and conduct problems. It will serve as an excellent resource for professionals working in mental health, social welfare, and school settings. Moreover, use of this volume in graduate programs in social work, psychology, counseling, and education will make an important contribution to educating the next generation of professionals in the use of evidence-based best practices."--Scott W. Henggeler, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina

"Two of the key strengths of this book are the text's provision of the best discussion at this time of the range of empirically supported interventions [and its] innovative and creative effort to abstract common content elements from empirically supported intervention programs....Bloomquist and Schnell have approached this task in a highly systematic and thoughtful manner, and the result is outstanding."--from the Foreword by John E. Lochman, PhD, The University of Alabama

"This is the most comprehensive text I have seen on assessment and treatment of children with antisocial behavior. It is a 'must' for every graduate student, clinician, scholar, and program leader. Not only is the book scholarly, it is also practical. It provides the details of a range of empirically demonstrated interventions, from those that are individually focused to those targeting schools and families. In addition, strategies for coordinating interventions are reviewed in detail."--Thomas J. Dishion, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Oregon

"This book is extraordinary in its coverage of the problems associated with children's aggressive behavior. The authors' ecological focus is very important as they offer assessment and intervention advice across multiple settings and the multiple relationships that touch a troubled child. Of particular significance, as well, is their thematic focus on resilience and normal development. This information will provide readers with positive targets when designing treatment programs. This is a wonderful new addition to the libraries of teachers, counselors, psychologists, and physicians--in short, anyone who wants to be more effective with this population of children and youth."--Jane Close Conoley, PhD, College of Education, Texas A&M University

Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry

"Provides a thorough and up to date overview of best practice in assessment and intervention for children with aggression and conduct problems up to age 12....The book is grounded in empirical research, well organized with good use of summary tables and examples of assessment tools and clinical handouts, and provides a highly readable, lucid account."--Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Social Work Today

"As an educator, researcher, and therapist, I found the book to be worthwhile reading, and it will remain an important reference book in my library....It is refreshing to read how other scholars and practitioners are also working with these children and facing similar dilemmas."--Social Work Today
From The Critics
Reviewer:Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (College of Lake County)
Description:This book provides a much needed comprehensive discussion of aggression and conduct problems in children. The book goes beyond definition of the problem and focuses additionally on interventions with these children in real-life settings both in the community and in school.
Purpose:The purpose is to provide descriptions of the best practices available for the assessment of and intervention with children with conduct and aggression problems. All of these best practices are based upon soild empirical research and provide an arsenal for the clinician in everyday practice. The information is timely, extremely applicable for the real world, and successfully organizes the massive amount of information into a manageable reference tool. The authors' objectives are unquestionably met.
Audience:This book is ideal for students, educators, researchers, and practitioners of child and adolescent mental health and will serve as an excellent resource. The authors are knowledgeable, credible, and their expertise is evident from this wonderfully well written text.
Features:This book provides a solid discussion on the most pertinent issues surrounding childhood aggression and conduct problems. It is divided into five sections on aggressive behavior problems, assessment and identification, child and family interventions, school and community interventions, and on integration and challenges for the interventions. The book is appropriately detailed, includes excellent examples, and tables and figures to elucidate the material. The index is easy to use, andthe references are up-to-date and relevant.
Assessment:Child and adolescent mental health providers deserve a well-organized and well-written book on which they can depend to guide them in executing the appropriate interventions for their patients. The authors have provided just that and more. While there is a tremendous amount of information available, there are limited resources which can effectively compile such a wealth of information into a detailed yet concise format. This publication offers mental health professionals the reference they need to conduct research and clinical practice. This book is highly recommended.
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Clinical psychologists Bloomquist and Schnell attempt to define the nature of the problem of aggressive children and present contemporary thinking about theories that account for the development and maintenance of patterns of antisocial behavior. They also address intervention strategies in real-world settings in schools and settings. After reviewing the background literature for each particular topic, best practices are highlighted. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593852405
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/22/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 418
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael L. Bloomquist, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. He has extensive applied and research experience in prevention and treatment activities with children exhibiting behavior problems. Dr. Bloomquist is a coinvestigator on several longitudinal studies examining the development of children with aggression, as well as evaluating the effects of comprehensive prevention programs. He is the author of Skills Training for Children with Behavior Problems, Revised Edition: A Parent and Therapist Guidebook, and has coauthored articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Steven V. Schnell, PhD, has many years of experience working with children exhibiting aggression and conduct problems as a clinical child psychologist at North Psychology Clinic in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. Dr. Schnell works closely with schools and has a special interest in integrating mental health and educational services. In addition to providing mental health services for children and families, he has conducted training and consultation to teachers and schools, made numerous presentations to professional groups, and coauthored articles in peer-reviewed journals.

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Table of Contents

I. Nature of the Problem
1. Characteristics and Developmental Course
2. Risk and Protective Factors Targeted in Intervention
II. Assessment and Identification
3. Assessment Procedures
III. Child and Family Interventions
4. Social Competence Training
5. Parent and Family Skills Training
6. Mental Health Treatments
IV. Contextually Based Interventions
7. School-Based Interventions for Academic Engagement and Skill Building
8. Schoolwide Interventions to Promote Positive Behavior
9. Classroom and Individual Interventions to Promote Positive Behavior
10. Community Interventions for Child and Family Support
V. Integration and Challenges
11. Comprehensive Multicomponent and Coordinated Services Programs
12. Challenges in Implementing Effective Interventions: Engaging Families and Coordinating Service Systems
Epilogue: Future Directions
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