1st Edition

The Therapeutic Inclusion Program Establishment and Maintenance in Public Schools

By Michael A. Murray, Laura Balogh Copyright 2023
    172 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    172 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This timely guide discusses methods, organizational structures, and philosophies which can be used by school counselors, special educators, and administrators to establish therapeutic inclusion programs in K-12 schools.

    The Therapeutic Inclusion Program opens with information about therapeutic classrooms and continues with explanations of how the programs function within the larger public school community. As the book travels through the therapeutic program, it discusses staff roles and qualifications, staff-to-student ratios, and the role of administration. Each chapter uses two approaches toward describing the implementation of a therapeutic inclusion program, beginning with a description of the structure and practices, along with the reasoning that supports them, and following with examples from real work experience in the form of vignettes, which will illustrate the concepts and structures in action.

    Intended for education and counseling professionals looking to design, implement, and maintain an effective therapeutic inclusion program, this book helps fill a noticeable void in public education literature and know-how regarding therapeutic programming.

    1. The Therapeutic Program Classroom  2. Morning Circle: An Expression of Respect  3. Chapter Three: Group Psychotherapy: A Sandbox for Social Learning  4. Chapter Four: Into the General Education Environment  5. Chapter Five: Learning as a Healing Experience  6. Chapter Six: Curriculum: Navigating Offerings, Opportunities, and Priorities  7. Chapter Seven: Working with Behavior  8. Chapter Eight: Working with Parents and Guardians  9. Chapter Nine: A Resilient Structure Part One: The Truss and the Program Staff  10. Chapter Ten: A Resilient Structure Part Two: The Therapeutic Supervision Model  11. Chapter Eleven: A Resilient Structure Part Three: The Role of Administrators  12. Chapter Twelve: Conclusion: Integrating Parts Into a Whole


    Michael A. Murray is a therapist and educator with specialties in school inclusion, neurodivergence, and work with children, parents, and families.

    Laura Balogh is a Massachusetts-based special educator with a specialty in child-centered curriculum modification and relationship-based social-emotional learning.

    "Laura Balogh and Michael A. Murray created an inclusive therapeutic program within our elementary school that enabled students to grow and thrive in classrooms and with their peers. As a retired principal of their elementary school, I am proud to recommend their book, The Therapeutic Inclusion Program: Establishment and Maintenance in Public Schools, to teachers and administrators. The detailed recommendations on how to support students needing a therapeutic inclusion program in public schools is a must-read for any educator, counselor, and administrator looking to create a student-centered program."

    Sharon Young, retired principal

    "The Therapeutic Inclusion Program by Murray and Balogh is thoughtfully and meaningfully designed. As a school administrator, I was able to 'feel' and experience the core tenets of a public school's successful therapeutic program. The reader will be able to use Murray and Balogh's book in whole or in part, based on their current needs while developing an in-district program This is a tremendous resource for all stakeholders in the development of their own Therapeutic Inclusion Program."

    Jessica Murphy, M.Ed., CAGS, Director of Student Services