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Youth Comprehensive Risk Assessment
A Clinically Tested Approach for Helping Professionals

ISBN 9781138945517
Published April 12, 2017 by Routledge
162 Pages

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Book Description

Youth Comprehensive Risk Assessment: A Clinically Tested Approach for Helping Professionals presents a complete youth risk assessment and treatment program based on Dr. Ken Coll's 20 plus years of research on assessing and treating at-risk youth. In this book, helping professionals will find not only a wide range of succinct and easy-to-use assessments, but also proven helpful, highly specific approaches and treatment strategies. Case studies and intervention techniques show professionals—from therapists and social workers to teachers and nurses—how they can help struggling youth find motivation to work on their concerns. This book also offers professionals a menu of assessment surveys and action strategies so that they can develop a plan that best fits the needs of particular youth and their families.

Table of Contents

Preface  Acknowledgements  Introduction  I: The Components  1. Risk, Resiliency and Asset Building  2. Psychosocial Development  3. Family Engagement  4. Common Behavioral Issues and their manifestations  II: Trajectory and Maturation  5. The YCRA: Putting it all together   III: Contextual Issues  6. Motivation and Readiness for Change  7. Diversity Issues  8. Psychotropic Medications  9. Helping the Helpers

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Kenneth M. Coll, PhD, is a professor in counseling at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor (clinical), Master Addictions Counselor, and has been awarded Researcher of the Year at two different universities. He also has recently served on the Governor’s Behavioral Health Transformation Task Force.


“I began this book thinking its only audience was mental health professionals, but I quickly realized it has another important audience—teachers of adolescents. Dr. Coll includes detailed cases of struggling adolescents and how the cases were comprehensively addressed using his proven effective assessment and intervention system. All adults, including teachers, were integral in the youths’ difficult journeys. Dr. Coll provides an invaluable template for success. One that needs to be deeply internalized by all those involved with struggling youth.”—Roger A. Stewart, PhD, Boise State University