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Think First : Addressing Aggressive Behavior in Secondary Schools - Jim Larson

Think First

Addressing Aggressive Behavior in Secondary Schools

Paperback Published: 1st February 2005
ISBN: 9781593851262
Number Of Pages: 208

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This highly practical book presents a complete anger and aggression management training program for middle and high school students. The volume incorporates a newly revised version of the author's proven ""Think First"" manual, which includes step-by-step skills training guidelines and 20 reproducible handouts and forms. Also provided are a clear rationale for the program and thorough instructions for screening and assessing those students who could benefit most from participation. Showing how to integrate small-group cognitive-behavioral skills training into an effective schoolwide disciplinary framework, the book offers vital tools for promoting prosocial behavior and decreasing violence risks among all students. It is an essential resource for professionals who seek both a better understanding of adolescent aggression and nuts-and-bolts strategies for dealing with it.

"Larson's book is based on solid conceptual principles with a well-researched background. The Think First training modules are logically laid out and easy to follow, with a wealth of helpful hints for novice and experienced practitioners alike. One exceptional point is made that is worth the price of the book: intervention and teaching skills are inadequate without generalization in the real world. One must also practice, practice, practice. School psychologists, administrators, teachers, and those responsible for training these professionals should take note of this text and add it to their toolbox of interventions, as well as incorporating it into training programs. Overall, this is an excellent resource."--Twylla Abrahamson, PhD, Family Residential Division, River Oak Center for Children, Sacramento, CA

"This is a practical and informative guide for mental health professionals and others concerned not only with reducing the occurrence of aggressive behaviors in schools, but also with encouraging the development of prosocial alternatives. Presented is a research-based, cognitive-behavioral intervention, including step-by-step guidelines for practitioners. I recommend this book as a useful text for graduate-level clinical training in school psychology, school social work, and education."--Douglas C. Smith, PhD, Department of Counselor Education, University of Hawaii

"Outstanding....This book makes unique contributions both to understanding aggressive behavior in school settings and to screening, identification, and assessment practices for school personnel. Mental health and student support services personnel will find the five-module treatment manual an excellent resource from which a school-based intervention system can be crafted. Think First would make an excellent text for intervention courses and seminars that focus on aggression and other types of externalizing behaviors."--George M. Batsche, EdD, Graduate Programs in School Psychology and Institute for School Reform, University of South Florida

"This book is full of useful material for professionals in middle and secondary learning environments. Included are research-supported sequential activities and ready-made forms that can be easily copied and used to support a well-documented, child-specific intervention. School psychologists, social workers, counselors, administrators, and teachers of at-risk students will find this a helpful tool in identifying and interrupting patterns that are leading toward increasing levels of aggression in today's youth."--Patricia Kies, EdS, School Psychologist, Parker High School, Janesville, Wisconsin

The Problem and Directions for Change
The Context of Aggressive Student Behavior: Creating Effective, Whole-School Environmental Strategies
Rationale and Best Practices for Anger and Aggression Management Skills Training
Screening, Identification, and Assessment for Anger and Aggression Management Training
Getting Started with Anger and Aggression Management Skills Training
Introduction to the Treatment Manual Module
Introduction, Choices, and Consequences Module
Hassle Log and Anger Reducers Module
Anger Triggers and Attribution Retraining Module
Self-Instruction and Consequential Thinking Module
Social Problem-Solving
Current Behavior Screening Form
Intervention Record Review
Adolescent Interview
Brief Problem Assessment Interview
Classroom Progress Monitoring Report
Multidimensional School Anger Inventory
Sample Parental Consent Letter/Carta de Consentimiento de Padres
Guidelines for Generalization Support Persons
Academic Self-Monitoring Form
Think First Training Outcomes Handouts: Think First Handout
Behavior A-B-C's Think First Handout
Hassle Log Think First Handout
Behavior A-B-C's for an Anger Cue Think First Handout
Common Thought Triggers Think First Handout
Reminders Think First Handout
Stop And Think Think First Handout
Finding Alternative Solutions Think First Handout
Problem-Solving Work Sheet
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ISBN: 9781593851262
ISBN-10: 159385126X
Series: The Guilford School Practitioner Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st February 2005
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.4