Addressing School Violence: Practical Strategies & Interventions
This book, designed for school counselors, provides information on identifying potentially violent youth, working with victims of school violence, and preparing schools to deal with violence. Chapter one, "Assessment and Diagnosis with Violent and Potentially Violent Students," describes the importance of assessment and diagnosis. It provides readers a succinct, practitioner-relevant foundation for later chapters. Chapter two, "The VIOLENT STUdent Scale: A Semistructured Clinical Interview for Assessing Potentially Violent Students," discusses the three key challenges faced by school counselors. It also describes the VIOLENT STUdent Scale, an instrument that provides school counselors with a data-based semi-structured interview that uses pre-established questions and renders general clinical recommendations based upon student engendered responses. The third chapter, "Using a Systems of Care Approach with Potentially Violent Students," goes beyond the identification of potentially violent students to describe a systems of care approach with concomitant integrated interventions for students who, though at risk, do not warrant placement in a restricted environment. Chapter four, "Using an Adapted Debriefing Model with School Violence Survivors" (Gerald A. Juhnke, Brian M. Gmutza, Joseph P. Jordan, and Matthew Fearrington), describes a post-violence debriefing model which can be used by mental health professionals affiliated with schools or working with school age children to address needs and concerns of students and parents related to school violence. The fifth chapter, "A Checklist To Assess School Violence Preparedness," describes a pre-violence checklist. The final chapter, "School Violence: Where Do We Go From Here?" describes future initiatives related to curbing school violence and promoting school safety. Each chapter includes a list of questions and a list of references. (MKA)
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