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Posted: Nov 14, 2006 20:39

FINDING HELP FOR STRUGGLING TEENS

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A GUIDE FOR PARENTS AND THE PROFESSIONALS WHO WORK WITH THEM
By: Frederic G. Reamer and Deborah H. Siegel
NASW Press, September 10, 2006
ISBN: 0871013738



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Book Review By: Larry Stednitz


Dr. Reamer is a professor in the graduate program of the Rhode Island College School of Social Work, and Dr. Siegel is a social work practitioner, researcher and educator. She is a professor in the graduate program of the Rhode Island College School of Social Work.

Drs. Reamer and Siegel have written an easy to read book for parents seeking help with their struggling teen. The book is a practical guide that can be useful to any parent. It also provides a quick read for professionals who need an overview of options available for their clients.

The book covers general warning signs of adolescents who are struggling as well as a comprehensive guideline of the critical issues needed for appropriate assessments that are invaluable for the selection of a school/program. The authors have unique suggestions regarding what questions to ask a program and what common mistakes parents need to avoid in making a decision. I thought these questions were worth the cost of the book.

The book is not limited to out of home placements. The authors believe that it is preferable to treat a child in his/her home or community when possible. To that end, they provide a chapter on both in-home and residential programs and schools. I believe this chapter can help parents expand their thinking regarding home based options.

I thought the chapter on helping parents successfully traverse the challenges of being the parents of a struggling teen was excellent because it would be helpful to any parent who has a child needing special help. This chapter provides ideas and useful thoughts on structure, accountability and coping with guilt and shame as well as offering encouragement and hope for parents.

The authors, both coming from the field of Social Work, have succinctly provided a document that can help both parents and professionals navigate the rocky road of raising a difficult teenager.



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