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Transition of Youth and Young Adults with Emotional or Behavioral Difficulties: An Evidence-Supported Handbook / Edition 1

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Overview

As youth with emotional or behavioral difficulties transition from school and home settings, they face the complex challenges and expectations of adult life: finding and maintaining work, establishing new relationships, building a career, and more. This comprehensive professional handbook will help transition specialists, general and special educators, school psychologists, and administrators support youth and young adults in setting goals and achieving positive outcomes across employment, education, and community settings. Drawing on the expertise of a wide range of contributors practitioners, educators, researchers, administrators, parents, and young people themselves this book collects our best, most current knowledge on supporting transitions for young people with mental health issues. Through up-to-date research and in-depth analyses of five successful transition programs, readers will discover how to apply evidence-supported practices to guide youth and young adults through the transition obstacle course bridge the gap between child and adult mental health services for consistent, coordinated care ensure effective adult services that are developmentally and culturally appropriate address system fragmentation, so the mental health, education, justice, and other systems can work together to serve children's best interests implement strategies for the transition from high school to meaningful employment or postsecondary training use peer supports to reach, engage, and coach young people as they move into adulthood reduce common risk behaviors through skillful prevention planning fund and sustain services and supports through a creative combination of federal, state, local, and private dollars implement a Continuous Quality Improvement process to recognize needs, build on strengths, and make required changes Vignettes and first-person testimonials throughout the book strengthen readers' awareness of the challenges yo

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Editorial Reviews

Professor, Special Education, Appalachian State University - Larry Kortering

"An evidence-based framework and corresponding interventions that WILL better help young adults attain productive postsecondary outcomes."

Professor, Department of Special Education and Child Development, University of North Carolina at Charlotte - David Test

"Provides a variety of easy-to-use, evidence-supported strategies . . . will be a welcome addition to the field of secondary transition."

Coordinator, Juvenile Justice Project, PACER Center - Lili Garfinkel

"A very well researched compendium of research, data, information and best practices for those who are policymakers, academicians and educators committed to ensuring successful adult outcomes for transition age youth."

psychologist, Miami, Florida - Peter Caproni

"A powerful, research-supported framework that helps at-risk youth successfully transition into adulthood. Clark et.al. have effectively eliminated the excuse that [we] 'just don't know what works with these kids.'"

Associate Professor of Special Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison - Erik Carter

"A comprehensive and practical guide that reflects the very best of what we know works for supporting transition-age youth and young adults with emotional or behavioral difficulties . . . This is the handbook you will not want to be without."

Program Specialist, Mountain Plains Regional Resource Center, Logan, Utah - Ed O'Leary

"The voices of the students throughout the handbook speak to the realities and challenges of good transition planning practices. A great handbook for anyone interested in transition and improving the post school lives of young adults with disabilities."

Portland State University - Nancy Koroloff

"This handbook has been long awaited by practitioners and researchers who collaborate with youth and young adults with mental health challenges . . . documents in useful detail the evidence that is currently available across several domains, including education, vocational rehabilitation, and mental health services."

Associate Professor, University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Department of Epidemiolo - Ann Vander Stoep

"Compiles the collective wisdom accrued and honed over decades through efforts to develop and implement programs and policies to support youth in transition. Administrators, practitioners, young adults and their families will find a well-articulated framework of principles and practices to guide future efforts."

Professor of Psychiatry, University of Illinois at Chicago - Judith A. Cook

"Timely and user-friendly . . . contains the latest information on evidence-based models and practices for young people and their families, educators and service providers, researchers, and administrators."

Assistant Professor, Special Education Program Director, Seattle University, transition specialist, writer, mother of a - Cinda Johnson

"The important work that has been compiled in this text will positively impact the post-school outcomes for our most vulnerable youth, young people with emotional and behavioral difficulties."

college student, mental health advocate, speaker, and writer - Linea Johnson

"This text reduces the stigma of mental health conditions for young people, provides information and resources and does so by including authentic case stories."

Professor, University of Maryland - Peter E. Leone

"An outstanding, empirically-based guide . . . The co-authors of each chapter include professionals as well as youth and family members who have wrestled with education and other service delivery systems, providing credibility and insight not found in most texts addressing [this topic]."

The Midwest Book Review California Bookwatch

"A powerful 'must-have' for any library catering to mental health specialists working with young adults."

The Midwest Book Review Library Bookwatch

"A core addition to any pediatric psychology collection."

Education Review

"An important book that addresses so many of the concerns around appropriate programming for young adults transitioning into adulthood . . . extremely valuable to youth with EBD and those who live and work with them."

From the Publisher

"A core addition to any pediatric psychology collection."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557669636
  • Publisher: Brookes, Paul H. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 737,153
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Hewitt B. Rusty Clark, Ph.D., received his doctoral degree in developmental and child psychology from the University of Kansas in 1972. He is a professor in the Department of Child and Family Studies of the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute at the University of South Florida. His research interests and grants focus on evaluating the effectiveness of 1) individualized planning and intervention processes for children with emotional and behavioral difficulties and their families, 2) after-care services for juvenile offenders, and 3) the transition of youth and young adults into employment, educational opportunities, and independent living. Dr. Clark came to the University of South Florida after directing a comprehensive mental health program for families in Nevada, where he was affiliated with the University of Nevada. Over the course of his professional career, Dr.Clark has developed and researched various innovative programs and has published extensively, wit 3 books and more than 80 publications to his credit. He has served as President of the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis and continues to chair the Florida Peer Review Committee, which monitors the quality of treatment programs in developmental disabilities and mental health. Dr. Clark serves on various boards of editors for professional journals and consults nationally and internationally. He was a guest professor at Philipps University in Marburg, Germany, and has presented a series of invited addresses and workshops at conferences in Israel, Peru, Scotland, and Sweden. When Dr. Clark is not conducting research and workshops or teaching, consulting, and developing programs on his topics of professional interest, he enjoys his avocation of sailing the Gulf of Mexico and other seas.

Maryann Davis, Ph.D., received her doctoral degree in psychobiology from Emory University in 1990. She completed her clinical psychology training at Emory University in 1992. She is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and a faculty member of the Center for Mental Health Services Research. She has worked in private and public mental health agencies to examine how mental health services for children and adolescents can be improved. Her research interests focus on understanding the interface of the developmental process of entering young adulthood and the service system changes associated with attaining official adult status among young people with emotional or behavioral difficulties. Her current efforts focus on developing an effective model of service coordination for youth in transition. She is also examining the access that adolescents exiting public services have to adult mental health services and their involvement in the adult corrections system. Dr. Davis's work on developing an effective service coordination model and part of her work on this book were supported by a grant from the van Ameringen Foundation. She provides consultation to public agencies on working with individuals making the transition to adulthood and identifying system barriers to and solutions for developing better supports for these individuals.

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