Social Problem Solving: Interventions in the Schools (Guilford School Practitioner)

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Providing school practitioners with widely applicable, flexible methods for effective intervention in today's changing school environment, this book details proven, practical techniques for promoting key skills in students for everyday social, academic, familial, and vocational success. The approach presented is based on the work of a highly acclaimed 15-year project that is still in progress, and is designed to help professionals encourage the development of enduring life tools and prevent substance abuse, HIV infection, and other behavior-related problems. Directed toward children at high, moderate, and low levels of risk in both regular and special education contexts, the book focuses on the areas of self-control, group participation and social awareness, and social-emotional problem-solving and decision-making skills. Concrete suggestions, skills assessments, and role plays are featured throughout, and an appendix provides material on thinking ahead that is designed specifically for use with children.

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Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology and Coordinator, Internship Program in Applied, School, and Community Psychology at Rutgers University, and Co-founder of the Consortium on the School-Based Promotion of Social Competence. His school-based life skills development and problem behavior prevention programs have been recognized as national models by the National Mental Health Association and the Program Effectiveness Panel of the U.S. Department of Education's National Diffusion Network. Dr. Elias is currently working with the Collaboration for the Advancement of Social and Emotional Learning to develop guidelines for implementing social competence-building programs in the schools.

Steven E. Tobias, Psy.D., is President of Psychological Enterprises, Inc., a company devoted to the development of innovative technologies and materials designed to improve children's social and affective development. He also serves as a consultant to schools and maintains a private practice working with children and families. In addition, he is on staff at the Child Development Center of Morristown Memorial Hospital in New Jersey.

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1. The Central Role of Social Problem Solving and Everyday Decision Making
2. Key Intervention Techniques
3. Classroom-Based Applications: Basic/Readiness Skills Development
4. FIG TESPN: A Skill-Based Classroom and Group Intervention
5. Flexible Video-Based Group Applications for High-Risk Youth
6. Interventions into the Discipline System
7. Incorporating Social Problem Solving within School Routines and Mandates
8. Program Adaptation and Staff Training
9. Practical Tools for Assessment: Monitoring Intervention Implementation and Impact
Appendix A: Think Now for Later
Appendix B: Listing of Resources

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