1st Edition

Residential Interventions for Children, Adolescents, and Families A Best Practice Guide

Edited By Gary M. Blau, Beth Caldwell, Robert Lieberman Copyright 2014
    256 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    256 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Now more than ever there is a need to ensure that best practices are being used in residential programs. As the focus on costs and outcomes increase, residential programs must clearly demonstrate that the interventions provided are efficient and effective. Readers will learn how to:

    • Create strength-based, empowering and healing environments;
    • Better engage and partner with children, adolescents and families, in meaningful ways;
    • Support those who have experienced trauma and loss, and to prevent and eliminate the use of restraint and seclusion;
    • Respect and include cultural indices in practices;
    • Train, mentor, supervise, support and empower staff about how to deliver promising and best practices, and evidence-informed and evidence-based interventions; and
    • Track long-term outcomes, and create funding strategies to better support sustained positive outcomes.

    This book encourages readers to think strategically about how agencies, communities and systems can identify and implement actions that lead to positive change and how to work more collaboratively to improve the lives of children and adolescents who have experienced emotional and behavioral life challenges and their families.

    1. Improving Outcomes in Residential Kaitlyn Harrington, Kristin Williams-Washington, Beth Caldwell, Robert Lieberman, and Gary Blau  2. Residential Interventions: A Historical Perspective Robert Lieberman and Wendy den Dunnen  3. Family-Driven Care for Famlies Involved in Residential Joe Anne Hust and Anne Kuppinger  4. Clinical Strategies for Engaging Families Thomas L. Sexton, G. Olivia Rios, Karen A. Johnson, and Brenda R. Plante  5. Becoming a Youth-Guided Residential Organization Eric Lulow, Kaitlyn Harrington, Marvin Alexander, Lacy Kendrick Burk  6. Cultural and Linguistic Competence in Residential Programs: Why, What, and How Vivian H. Jackson, Sylvia Fisher, Deborah Green  7. Trauma-Informed Care Janice LeBel and Neil Kelly  8. Linking Residential and Community Jody Levinson-Johnson and Jeremy C. Kohomban  9. Preventing Seclusion and Restraint in Residential Programs Janice LeBel, Kevin Ann Huckshorn, and Beth Caldwell  10. Innovative Residential Interventions for Young Adults in Transition Marc Fagan, Maryann Davis, Brian M. Denietolis, and Diane L. Sondheimer  11. Best Practices in Psychotropic Medication Treatment during Residential Interventions for Youth and Families Christopher Bellonci and Jonathan Huefner  12. Initial Steps in the Culture Change Process Beth Caldwell, Sue Beck, John Damon, JoeAnne Hust, Jim Nyreen, and Raquel Montes  13. Creating Organizational Culture Change: One Agency’s Transformation toward Long-Term Positive Outcomes Jim L. Dalton  14. Tracking Long-Term Strength-Based Outcomes Richard Dougherty, Deborah Strod, Sylvia Fisher, Samantha Broderick, and Robert Lieberman  15. Fiscal Strategies: Federal, State, and County Examples of Transformation Julie Collins, William Mclaughlin, Sherry Peters, and Michael Rauso  16. International Approaches to Residential Interventions John S. Lyon and Thahn Ly  17. Best Practices in Residential: The Road Ahead Gary Blau, Beth Caldwell, and Bob Lieberman


    Gary M. Blau, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and chief of the Child, Adolescent and Family Branch at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In this role, he provides national leadership for children’s mental health and for creating systems of care across the United States. 

    Beth Caldwell, MS, is the director of the National Building Bridges Initiative and a faculty member for the National Center for Trauma-Informed Care and Alternatives to Restraint and Seclusion. She has provided consultation to residential, hospital and community programs across the United States and internationally. 

    Robert E. Lieberman, MA, LPC, is the CEO of Kairos, a multiservice intensive mental health program for youth, young adults, and families, and public policy chair of the American Association of Children’s Residential Centers. He trains and consults with children’s residential, hospital, and community programs nationally.