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1st Edition

Assessment in Residential Care for Children and Youth

Edited By

Roy Rodenhiser

ISBN 9780789038395
Published November 14, 2008 by Routledge
212 Pages

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Book Description

Residential treatment for children and youth (RTCY) programs not only need to be explored for the efficacy of the programs, but also in the actual assessment of various aspects of those programs. Assessment in Residential Care for Children and Youth provides practical information on the placement of children in residential care programs, the efficacy of those programs, staff issues, and outcomes for youths in the programs. Respected authorities examine issues on assessment upon entering residential care, treatment issues during care, and programmatic concerns from a larger systems perspective.

Unlike other resources on this topic, this book uniquely focuses solely on assessment. The book comprehensively offers strategies and practical assessment tools addressing the full spectrum of issues from the child’s or youth’s entrance in residential care to their exit, such as placement, treatment, and outcomes. This valuable text is extensively referenced and includes helpful figures and tables to clearly present data.

Topics discussed include:

  • assessment processes and tools to enhance therapeutic childcare interventions
  • the unique needs of GBL youth in residential care settings
  • a strengths-based assessment tool developed specifically for use in juvenile justice programs
  • staff satisfaction rates as compared to client satisfaction
  • development of the Staff Implementation Observation Form that assesses staff competence delivering an intervention to youth in group home care with behavioral disorders
  • differences in two residential care giving models in providing continuity of care for youth in residential placement
  • an assessment technique that uses the point of view of children.

This book is a valuable resource for Residential Administrators, program directors and coordinators, counselors, and staff who have a role in assessing residential treatment programs for children and youth at any level.

This book was published as a special issue of Residential Treatment for Children and Youth.

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. Supporting the Fidelity of Assessment Tools in a Statewide Multisite Residential Substance Abuse Experience for Mothers and Their Children (James L. Wolk, Mary McLaughlin, and Sarah Dailey)
  3. Assessing Youth Strengths in a Residential Juvenile Correctional Program (William H. Barton, Juliette R. Mackin, and Jerrold Fields)
  4. Functional Assessment in Residential Treatment (Guy Tidwell)
  5. The Assessment of Staff Satisfaction as Compared to Client Satisfaction in Two Department of Social Service Residential Treatment Facilities (Amy Levin and James T. Decker)
  6. Assessing Staff Competence at Implementing a Multifaceted Residential Program for Youth: Development and Initial Psychometrics of a Staff Observation Form (Kristin Duppong Hurley, Tanya Shaw, Ron Thompson, Annette Griffith, Elizabeth M. Farmer, and Jeff Tierney)
  7. Assessment of Behavior Management and Behavioral Interventions in State Child Welfare Facilities (Stephen E. Wong)
  8. Continuity of Care and Outcomes in Residential Care: A Comparison of Two Care Giving Models (Loring Jones)
  9. A Social-Emotional Assessment Method for Young Children in Foster and Residential Care: The Attachment-Based Narrative Story-Stem Technique (Timothy F. Page, Sherryl Scott Heller, and Neil W. Boris)
  10. Constructing an Integrated and Evidenced-Based Model for Residential Services (Jed Metzger)
  11. Meeting the Needs of GLB Youth in Residential Care Settings: A Framework for Assessing the Unique Needs of a Vulnerable Population (Rebecca G. Block and John D. Matthews)

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Dr Roy Rodenhiser is Director of the School of Social Work at Boise State University, Idaho, USA.