School professionals have a unique opportunity--and responsibility--to identify and respond to child abuse and neglect. This book provides a succinct review of current knowledge on child maltreatment and links it specifically to practical applications in the schools. Information and strategies are outlined to help school practitioners and other personnel identify signs of abuse, respond sensitively and effectively to student disclosures, and make critically important reporting decisions. Treatment options are discussed in depth, including guidelines for offering school-based clinical services and/or making referrals to outside providers. Other topics covered include consulting with teachers and parents, planning and implementing victimization prevention programs, and coping with "compassion fatigue." The book is illustrated throughout with clearly written, relevant case examples. Special features include reproducible overhead transparency masters for use in in-service training.
"Maltreatment--including physical, sexual, and emotional abuse; neglect; and witnessing domestic violence--is inflicted upon millions of school-age children. This book provides school practitioners with the practical information needed to detect, respond to, and make efforts to prevent this major social problem. [Covered are issues and strategies related to identifying possible abuse; managing the reporting process and dealing with child and parental reactions; making referrals and providing clinical services in school; consulting and partnering with parents, teachers, and administrators; and implementing prevention programs. The book also addresses ways to minimize the 'compassion fatigue' experienced by many who work with child victims.] Comprehensive and research-based, this is a valuable resource for school-based mental health practitioners, psychologists, social workers, and guidance counselors. It should be required reading for all students enrolled in practical or counseling-related courses as part of school-based mental health preservice training programs."--Mark E. Swerdlik, PhD, Coordinator, Graduate Programs in School Psychology, Department of Psychology, Illinois State University
"A much-needed and outstanding resource. The authors are able to clearly describe the most current research findings on child maltreatment and translate that knowledge into sound practice guidelines. This accomplishment is not only impressive--it will also prove invaluable to educators and mental health professionals who work in the school setting. This book is essential reading for practicing professionals, as well as graduate and undergraduate-level students. The authors are to be commended for their significant contribution."--Cindy Miller-Perrin, PhD, Department of Psychology, Pepperdine University
"This book contains many extremely useful school-based examples and applications. It tackles the thorny issue of the school's role in prevention and intervention, including the increasingly visible problem of sexually inappropriate behavior in children. It should be very useful to school psychologists and administrators."--William N. Friedrich, PhD, ABPP, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Medical School, Rochester, MN