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The Practitioner Guide to Skills Training for Struggling Kids

Michael L. Bloomquist

328 Pages
Size: 8" x 10½"
A Paperback Original
October 2012
ISBN 978-1-4625-0736-8
Cat. #0736
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November 2012
ISBN 978-1-4625-0738-2
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“This book is effectively grounded in evidence-based practices, with useful integration of parent management training, social competence and cognitive-behavioral interventions, and behavioral family skills training. It includes sophisticated tips and strategies for engaging clients and tailoring interventions for specific families. In the companion parent guide, Bloomquist speaks frankly to parents and treats them as thoughtful participants and collaborators in the change process.”

—John E. Lochman, PhD, ABPP, Director, Center for Prevention of Youth Behavior Problems, University of Alabama


“As a psychologist trainee, I find this a very useful guide when working with children and their parents. The book provides a helpful framework for conceptualizing the developmental struggles of childhood and offers a way to empower parents and children with tools for success, especially when used in combination with the parent guide. I feel well prepared for sessions and better able to help my clients achieve their goals.”

—Erin VandenLangenberg, MPH, MA, doctoral candidate, University of Minnesota


“With an expert eye toward implementation in real-world settings, Dr. Bloomquist places the best of what we know about behavior change in children, youth, and families in an accessible format. The modular approach in this book is the new frontier in evidence-based interventions; it provides an ideal base for flexible tailoring while remaining grounded in sound scientific strategies with a long history of effectiveness. The book is unique in combining a modular approach with clear explanations of engagement strategies, motivational enhancement techniques, and process issues. An invaluable tool for practicing clinicians, the Practitioner Guide also would serve as an excellent text for graduate-level courses in psychosocial intervention with children, youth, and families.”

—Cheri J. Shapiro, PhD, Institute for Families in Society, University of South Carolina


“Our organization is committed to incorporating evidence-based practices into service delivery. After exploring various options, we adopted the 'Struggling Kids' program across our organization as a preferred mode of skills-building intervention for children with emotional and behavioral problems and their families. Practitioners appreciate the accessible skills-building content that matches different families' needs and the rating scales and functional assessments that help determine how well clients are progressing. I am confident that we are delivering highly effective and efficient services to our clients.”

—Tara Drahos, Mental Health Programs Manager, Hutchinson Area Health Care, Hutchinson, Minnesota


“Bloomquist draws on a wealth of experience in both research and applied settings. Strengths of these coordinated manuals for parents and practitioners include a focus on children's and teens' competencies across a broad age span; the inclusion of strategies to enhance parental well-being and family functioning; and the many practical suggestions to aid in implementing evidence-based practices in real-life settings. These volumes will be welcome additions to the libraries of parents and practitioners. Highly recommended!”

—Robert J. McMahon, PhD, Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University, and Child and Family Research Institute, Canada
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