Integrated Services for Children and Families: Opportunities for Psychological Practice
- Overall, one in five children live in poverty; for children younger than six, the figure rises to about 25 percent.
- The median income of young families with children dropped 32 percent between 1973 and 1990.
- The United States has the highest divorce rate in the world, with about one half of all marriages ending in divorce. The majority of these involve children.
- In 1991, the poverty in female-headed single-parent families was 55 percent, more than five times that of married couple families.
- There are currently 2.7 million reports of child abuse and neglect per year.
These startling statistics (and many others like them) portray a society that has changed dramatically over the past 30 years. The needs and problems of children and families have never been greater, but the system of child-serving organizations (both public and private) has all but broken down in the face of this challenge. In part, this is attributable to lack of resources, but it is also due to fragmented, duplicative, and ineffective approaches. The system is badly in need of re-engineering.
Integrated Services for Children and Families: Opportunities for Psychological Practice describes promising new ways of meeting the complex needs of children and families, and in the process, transforming the way in which the service system works. Contributors to this book are internationally recognized program leaders and scholars with remarkable credentials. The book presents case studies of model programs in a wide range of settings and gives specific consideration to how psychological practitioners can work within the emerging system of care to enhance their own practice. This volume will be useful to a broad human services audience, including practitioners, trainers, administrators, and others who care about improving services to children and families.
List of Contributors
—Robert J. Illback, Carolyn T. Cobb, and Herbert M. Joseph, Jr.
I. Description and Rationale for an Integrated Service System
- Service Integration for Children and Families: Lessons and Questions
- School-Based Youth Programs: Exemplary Models and Emerging Opportunities
—Joy G. Dryfoos
- Community-Based Service Integration: Family Resource Center Initiatives
—Victor Romualdi and Jonathan Sandoval
- Conceptual and Empirical Foundations of Family-Centered Practice
—Carol J. Dunst
- The Critical Role of Finance in Creating Comprehensive Support Systems
—Martin E. Orland, Anna E. Danegger, and Ellen Foley
II. Implementing Integrated Services: Exemplary Models and Approaches
- Combining Effective Treatment Strategies With Family-Preservation Models of Service Delivery
—Sonja K. Schoenwald and Scott W. Henggeler
- Educating Children and Youth for Psychological Competence
—Joseph E. Zins and Donald I. Wagner
- Integrating Services for Children With Severe Emotional Disabilities Through Coordination
—T. Kerby Neill
- Organizing for Effective Integrated Services
—George W. Noblit and Carolyn T. Cobb
- Conducting an Integrated Practice in a Pediatric Setting
—Carolyn S. Schroeder
III. Implications for Professional Psychology
- Emerging Perspectives in Child Mental Health Services
—Vera S. Paster
- Creating Responsive Systems of Care: Professional and Organizations Challenges
—Robert J. Illback
- Systems-Oriented Independent Psychological Practice
—W. David Driscoll
- Evaluating Integrated Service Programs
—Robert J. Illback, John Kalafat, and Daniel Sanders
- Education and Training for Integrated Practice: Assumptions, Components, and Issues
—Rick Jay Short
Afterword: On the Nature and Future of Practice
—Robert J. Resnick
About the Editors