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Interventions for Aggressive Students in a Public-school-based Day Treatment Program (From School Violence Intervention: A Practical Handbook, P 160-188, 1997, Arnold P. Goldstein and Jane Close Conoley, eds. - See NCJ-169051)

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J Oestmann; M B Walker
Date Published
29 pages
This paper explains the function of a day treatment program for students with serious emotional and behavioral disorders, the major components and staff requirements of a school-based program, and specific methods of operation that integrate education and psychotherapy to prevent or reduce students' aggressive and violent behavior.
The discussion is based on the author's 10 years of experience in developing and refining a day treatment program that is a collaborative effort of a public school district and a community mental health agency. The ingredients in developing a program include a clear philosophy, an understanding of student behavior, a school setting that is suited to students' needs, and a team approach based on a cohesive team. Staff members include teachers, psychotherapists, recreation therapists, and technicians and paraeducators. Effective communication and collaboration with community agencies and parents and therapeutic crisis intervention and potential police involvement are also crucial. The programs must development procedures to prevent violence on the bus, at the program, in the home school, at home, and in the community. 16 references